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Sanibel-Captiva Optimist Club continues annual tradition

By Staff | Jun 28, 2017

Sanibel Captiva Optimist members from last year’s Road Rally. ASHLEY GOODMAN

One of the longest running island traditions – the annual Road Rally, which has been put on by the Sanibel-Captiva Optimist Club for the past 38 years, is set to take place at the Timber’s Restaurant, 703 Tarpon Bay Road, Tuesday, July 4, at noon.

“It’s a lot of fun, there’s a lot of community involvement,” said Richard McCurry, vice president of the Sanibel-Captiva Optimist Club.

Over 100 questions will be given to participants which will take them on a scavenger hunt around the island. The teams are made up of a driver, navigator and someone who writes down the questions although the club encourages to participants to fill up their cars.

“It takes about two and a half hours to complete the course,” said Randy Carson, vice president of the Sanibel-Captiva Optimist Club.

Registration forms can be picked up at the Sanibel Cafe, Bailey’s General Store and the Sanibel-Captiva Community Bank and online at sancapoptimist.org. The fee is $40 per vehicle. Individuals can sign up as late as the morning of the Road Rally although McCurry encourages attendees to sign up as early as possible. First place, second and third place will be awarded.

“We cut it off at 50 people,” McCurry said.

For the first time this year, the winner of “Best Decorated Vehicle” for this year’s Road Rally will have their car printed on next year’s t-shirt. One shirt per car is included. Additional shirts can be purchased for $15.

An afterparty will be held following the event.

All proceeds from the rally provide funds for the local Sanibel-Captiva Optimist Club’s college scholarships and free lunch Fridays at the Sanibel Recreation Center.

For more information about the rally, contact Randy Carson at (239) 699-8739 or visit sancapoptimist.org.