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Official logo revealed for 10K Race 4 F.I.S.H.

By Staff | Aug 15, 2011

The 2011 race logo, designed by island cartoonist Dave Horton.

On Monday, F.I.S.H. (Friends In Service Here) of Sanibel revealed the official 2011 10K Race 4 F.I.S.H. logo. The logo, which has been developed by popular island cartoonist Dave Horton, will appear around the islands promoting the upcoming race on posters, banners and t-shirts.

“Like last year’s logo, this one features a bird, a raccoon and an alligator, which are the main characters in my cartoons,” said Horton. “My first design for this year’s race logo was an alligator, all alone. But they wanted all three critters again.”

In Horton’s 2011 design, the critters are seen running in the race beneath the starting banner. The cartoon also features the Sanibel Lighthouse, a palm tree and a sunny sky in the background. Horton has kindly donated his time and designs to F.I.S.H. for this event.

“I think it came out really nice,” he added. “And everybody who has seen it likes it, too.”

Bill Fellows, president of F.I.S.H., agrees.

Runners get under way during last year's 10K Race 4 F.I.S.H., running down Periwinkle Way past the Sanibel Community House (on the left).

“Dave does really great work for us, which we really do appreciate,” said Fellows. “The logos is a rallying point for our entire team.”

According to Fellows, the 10K race – scheduled for Saturday, Oct. 15 – is the main fundraising event for F.I.S.H. this year. They hope to raise significant money from the race through local sponsorships, participant fees and donations.

“Our goal for sponsors is $25,000, and so far we’ve raised about $16,000,” he explained. “So there is a little ways to go.”

The race starts at the Sanibel Community House, located at 2173 Periwinkle Way. Following a 10 kilometer circuit around the island, the race finishes back at the Sanibel Community House.

The race’s Premier Sponsor, the Sanibel Captiva Trust Company, will be on hand at the starting line to see the runners off. The 10K Race 4 F.I.S.H. is being held in conjunction with the Fort Myers Track Club. Runners can download the entry form online at www.fishofsanibel.com.

Fellows also noted that October is traditionally when F.I.S.H. is at their most critical point for food donations.

“The race comes at a time when our resources are lowest,” he added. “A lot of work goes into this event, which is so big for Sanibel. After last year’s race, we heard so much positive feedback from runners about how much they enjoyed the island venue. We had 352 participants last year, and this year we’re hoping to have more than 400 runners.”

F.I.S.H of Sanibel, Inc. is a non-profit volunteer organization assisting Sanibel and Captiva islanders and visitors with a wide range of services. For more than 28 years, it has been a “neighbor helping neighbors” organization offering free human services such as transportation for medical appointments, meal delivery, health equipment, food pantry and emergency financial assistance.

The F.I.S.H. Walk-In Center is located at 1630 Periwinkle Way, Unit B on Sanibel and is open during the summer months Monday through Thursday from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. F.I.S.H. can be contacted by calling 472-4775.