The 13th Annual 10K Race 4 F.I.S.H., originally scheduled as a hybrid virtual and in-person event on Oct. 23, 2021, is now completely virtual. The change to an all virtual event was made out of an abundance of caution and care for participants and islanders due to the ongoing rise in COVID-19 cases.
“We are disappointed that the race cannot take place in person again this year,” says Diane Cortese, Race Chair. “Despite the current situation, we’re hoping to see more runner participation for the virtual version since the race can take place anywhere and at any time where all can be safe”.
Registration is open through the Fort Myers Track Club at ftmyerstrackclub.com. Runners that have previously signed up will have four options, 1) to go virtual, 2) to roll over fees to the 2022 race, 3) to donate fees and 4) to request a refund. Those requesting a refund may do so through Sept. 30.
Runners who participate virtually will log their results online through a race link. Times will be accepted at any point from when they register through Oct. 31st. Participating runners will receive a dri-fit shirt, with the Horton 10K logo on the front, as well as 10K medals which will be mailed to directly to them based on sign up date
“While we will miss seeing the smiling faces of our runners and the excitement of race day, the virtual option is an important safety measure for our community and allows us to hold this very important fundraising event,” continues Cortese. Funds raised through the 10K race will benefit FISH of SANCAP as they continue to meet the needs of islanders for nearly 40 years, including during disasters such as the current health crisis.
As the islands’ only wrap-around social services organization, FISH is experiencing significant growth in program usage, particularly their Helping Hands emergency financial assistance, their food pantry, and the Meals-by-FISH hot meal delivery program for housebound island residents. FISH provides services to anyone who lives, works or visits Sanibel and Captiva Islands and continues to grow to meet the demands of the community. FISH has something for everyone, and it is their goal to offer services that can assist, educate, and enrich the island community.
For additional information on the FISH organization and their programs and services, please contact Alicia Tighe Orgera, Executive director at 239-472-4775 or visit their website at www.fishofsancap.org. For additional information on the 10K Race including sponsorship, please contact Diane Cortese, Race Committee Chair, at Dianerc10@gmail.com.