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Registration open for Cape Cops 5K race

By Staff | May 10, 2018

Lace up your running shoes for the annual Cape Cops 5K race, which will take participants on a scenic route around the Cape Coral Yacht Club next weekend.

Cape Coral Police Department Community Outreach Projects Coordinator Anella “Joy” Nyack said the Cape Cops 5K began 12 years ago to bring awareness and raise money for families of fallen and injured officers.

“All are welcomed and encouraged to participate,” she said. “The proceeds from the race will be used to assist families of fallen and injured officers.”

The annual race is always held in conjunction with National Police Memorial Week, May 13 through May 19. Cape Cops 5K will be held Saturday, May 19, with the starting and ending point taking place at the Cape Coral Yacht Club, 5819 Driftwood Parkway.

Registration is $15 for youths 18 years old and younger before May 17 and $25 for adults. Registration can be done online atwww.ftmyerstrackclub.com. Nyack said individuals can also register on race packet pick up day at the Cape Coral Police Department, 1100 Cultural Park Blvd. from noon to 6 p.m. Friday, May 18.

It is $35 the day of the race with registration beginning at 6:30 a.m. near the pavilion.

The race starts at 7:30 a.m. Saturday, May 19.

“The course takes you through surrounding neighborhoods down by the Yacht Club, a very beautiful scenic route,” Nyack said.

The course map can be viewed at the Fort Myers Track Club website.

A free kids Fun Run will be held for youngsters 12 years old and younger. Race medallions will be given to all participants.

The race has been successful in the past with attracting 289 participants in 2015; 353 in 2016 and 355 participants in 2017.

Nyack said she enjoys the race day.

“Watching everyone come together both young and old having a good time for a great cause,” she said, adding this is what she enjoys.

Both runners and walkers will receive a medal for their participation in the race.

“Since we give out participation medals at the end of the race, I have seen an increase of kids participating in the actual race oppose to running the ‘kids fun race’ we usually have at the end of 5K race,” Nyack said. “Anyone who completes the race receives one of these medals around their necks as they cross the finish line.”