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Second annual ‘Run for Reading’ takes place Oct. 22

By Staff | Oct 6, 2010

South Seas managing director Rick Hayduk and Dr. Amy Wecker of IMA, left, and Tess Murphy, Director of Volunteers for LCLV, posed for a photo at last year’s Run for Reading.

The second annual Run for Reading weekend, which includes a 5k and an aquathlon, will take place at South Seas Island Resort from Friday, Oct. 22 through Sunday, Oct. 24.

Sponsored by Internal Medicine Associates of Lee County, proceeds from the Run for Reading weekend will go to Literacy Volunteers of Lee County, a non-profit organization that has been providing free adult literacy programs to adults in Lee County for more than two decades.

“Lee County Literacy Volunteers is an organization that hits home because we just used the organization’s resources to put 12 of our associates through the program to improve their English,” said South Seas Managing Director Rick Hayduk. “It’s one of those relationships where everyone involved benefits.”

Participants will begin the 5k at 8:30 a.m. and will run or walk the distance down Plantation Road, through the grounds of South Seas Island Resort.

The aquathlon begins at 8:30 a.m. on Sunday, Oct. 24 and will take participants on a two mile run to the Gulf of Mexico for a 1k swim and then back onto dry land for a 1.5 mile run to the finish line.

On the final leg of last year’s 5k, Lynn Bledsoe of Jacksonville gives the camera a smile and a wave.

“Literacy Volunteers is a group that’s doing something to better people’s lives. IMA does the same thing and, on the hospitality side, our objective is to make people feel better and help them reconnect with their kids and spouses when they stay at South Seas,” Hayduk said. “We’re pleased that we have the facility where we can do a 5k and we can do an aquathlon inside the gates, because that also allows the organization and the race planners to keep costs down so that more of the funds can go to supporting the cause.”

It costs $25 to enter the 5k run/walk and $40 to participate in both the 5k and the aquathlon. Aquathlon participants must be age 16 or older.

All Run for Reading participants are invited to attend the “Splash Bash” pre-race mixer reception on Friday, Oct. 22.

“And, because we are a resort village, people from Fort Myers and beyond can come in a stay the weekend for the event,” Hayduk said.

Special room rates are available to Run for Reading participants beginning at $125 per night, but these special rates are only valid between Friday, Oct. 22 and Sunday, Oct. 24. Call 1-800-CAPTIVA and request the “Run for Reading” rate or go to www.SouthSeas.com to make reservations.

The youngest runner at age nine, Daniel Stefanacci from Cape Coral, managed to keep up with the adults last year.

To register for the second annual Run for Reading 5k or aquathlon, go to www.active.com, search for “Run for Reading” and select the Captiva Island event.

For more information, go to www.LeeAdultLiteracy.com or become a fan of Run for Reading at www.facebook.com/RunforReading.