Announcing FISH OF SANCAP’s 12th Annual 10K Race 4 F.I.S.H. Logo and Virtual Format
For the past 11 years FISH has had great fun with their annual 10K Race 4 F.I.S.H. However, this year out of an abundance of caution and care for participants and islanders, the 10K Race will be taking place virtually. The pandemic has created a crisis of all forms, including an economic crisis for the island’s tourism-driven economy. FISH recognizes the toll that COVID has taken on the community and knows that there remains a lot of uncertainty and strain ahead. While this year’s 10K is a different format than usual, the organization is hoping that more people from across the country and world will lace up their running shoes in support of a great cause.
As in years past, Hortoons creator Dave Horton graciously designed the 12th annual 10K Race 4 F.I.S.H. logo depicting his lovable animal characters wearing masks, representing recommended safety measures during the COVID-19 pandemic and Halloween costumes to celebrate the month of October. Horton has been crafting amusing cartoon drawings for newsprint since he was in high school, starting with his school newspaper and eventually landing a deal with Hallmark when he was just a teenager. Says Race Committee Chair Diane Cortese, “Dave is a multi-talented artist and we are grateful to have him design our race logo each year. His artistic talent and sense of humor add something special to our race with each design.”
While the ‘official’ date of the 10K Race was scheduled for Saturday, Oct. 24, 2020, runners may participate virtually and log their time at any point from when they register through October 31st. “We are glad that the 12th annual 10K Race 4 F.I.S.H. can take place despite the current situation. We are anticipating more runner participation for the virtual 10K since the race can take place anywhere at any time where all can be safe,” added Cortese. Registration will be open later this month through the Fort Myers Track Club. More information on how to participate in the FISH virtual run including incentives for runners who help register groups or raise funds for FISH will be available in mid-late August both on the FISH and Fort Myers Track Club websites. Participating runners will receive a dri-fit shirt, with the Hortoon 10K logo on the front, as well as a matching face covering which will be mailed to directly to them.
FISH provides services to anyone who lives, works or visits Sanibel and Captiva Islands as the only wrap-around social service agency provider. Started in island residents’ kitchens and out of their cars over 38 years ago, FISH 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, Executive director at 239-472-4775 or visit their website at www.fishofsancap.org. For additional information on the 10K Race or if you are interested in sponsoring the virtual event, please contact Diane Cortese, Race Committee Chair, at Dianerc10@gmail.com.