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10K Race 4 F.I.S.H. marks 144th race for participant

By F.I.S.H. OF SAN-CAP - | Oct 21, 2020

PHOTO PROVIDED Race participant Tom Kelly with his friends.

F.I.S.H. of Sanibel-Captiva recently reported that the new virtual format of this year’s 10K Race 4 F.I.S.H. has not stopped many from registering to take part and running on their own time.

Longtime participant Tom Kelly completed his virtual race with two friends her considers extended family. The F.I.S.H. event marks his 144th race, just two years after he ran the 2018 10K for his 100th.

“My teammates, many of whom have become part of my family through their love and acts of kindness, were a major asset in helping me achieve this goal,” he said. “I owe them a debt of gratitude I could never repay.”

As a token of his appreciation, Kelly prepared his famous French toast post race.

“I’ve been doing the F.I.S.H. 10K for several years because this wonderful organization helps so many people in need, including meals, financial assistance, holiday baskets, the food backpack program for children, and counseling,” he said. “The majority of my races support causes that help people, including cancer research, Alzheimer’s awareness, environmental concerns and honor flights for veterans.”

“There are always people who need assistance, some desperately, and with the pandemic raging through our country, the need has become critical,” Kelly added. “Organizations like F.I.S.H. are more vital than ever.”

He began training and racing in 2011 as a teammate on a triathlon team, Geared Up, following the loss of his partner of 50 years, Barbara. Kelly was “lost and in desperate need to find something that would give his life purpose by helping him refocus his energy,” he said. In addition to the F.I.S.H. 10K, he recently completed other races, is involved in a challenge to run 1,000 miles in 20 weeks and plans to run the New York Marathon virtually.

“It’s very strange that there will be no race season this year, but many clubs have been offering virtual formats,” Kelly said. “I’m happy the 10K chose to go virtual; this is a race I will continue doing.”

For more information or to register for the race, visit ftmyerstrackclub.com.