Sanibel Spoonbills Run Crew supports 12th Annual 10K Race 4 F.I.S.H. as Gold Sponsor
The 10K Race 4 F.I.S.H. Committee announces Sanibel Spoonbills Run Crew as a Gold sponsor of the 12th annual road race in support of FISH OF SANCAP. The crew, started by Eva Vertes in 2018 and co-lead by Roger Timm, consists of 12 members that train and run together at various events. The crew’s multi-sport and run experience varies from very accomplished athletes to those relatively new to these sports. Ages range from 30s to 70s, with geography represented from Canada to Argentina. Says Roger Timm, “I’m on the FISH 10K Race Committee. I support FISH because it very well addresses the social service needs of the local islands’ community, providing a safety net to all. Community needs are especially pronounced during this pandemic when much more support for FISH is required.”
The Sanibel Spoonbills Run Crew started with several triathletes from Sanibel who were swim training at the Sanibel Rec Center with Coach Curt McIntyre in 2014 and continued the run, bike and open water swim training separately as a small group for a few years. In 2018, the Sanibel Spoonbills Run Crew was formed, and the informal group has continued multi-sport training and has participated in local area 5K and longer distance marathon races, triathlons, including the Captiva Triathlon and 10K Race 4 F.I.S.H., as well as events outside the region. Pre-COVID, the Crew ran together at least weekly followed by social get-togethers; now, due to COVID restrictions, the group continues with socially distant training. Recently, several members of the Crew supported fallen responders in a run set up on 9/11 and led by Sanibel Fire Dept. Division Chief Tim Barrett.
Members of the Spoonbills Crew including Roger Timm, Tim Barrett and others, also participate in a group, Memories of Honor, by donating race medals to families of fallen military. “While we will not have FISH 10K medals this year, those of us that run this race in remembrance of a fallen hero will use last year’s medal,” says Timm. The goal of Memories of Honor is to always remember the sacrifice military and their families make for freedom.
The 10K Race will be held virtually this year, and runners can participate and log their time at any point from when they register through October 31st. Registration is open through the Fort Myers Track Club at ftmyerstrackclub.com. Cost is $40 for those who register before Oct. 20, prices increase after Oct. 20 at 11:59pm EDT. 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. New incentives this year include a refund of registration fee to a runner if they fundraise $250 or more (excluding processing fees). Additionally, for every 5 referrals a runner makes to others who sign up, they receive a $20 discount (half-off).
FISH provides services to anyone who lives, works or visits Sanibel and Captiva Islands as the only wrap-around social service agency provider. 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.