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Still time to sign up for Spring Festival 4-K race

By Staff | Mar 14, 2012

Earl Hart says the Spring Festival Road Race presented by Rotary Club of Lehigh Acres and sponsored by Lehigh Regional Medical Center drew 120 runners last year.

He’s hoping this year’s 4-K event will draw even more.

“It’s a great fun thing for runners,” Hart who works at Cooper Head Golf Club said.

The race begins at 8 a.m. on Saturday, March 17 at the Microtel Inn and Suites at 1320 Business Way in Lehigh.

If you haven’t already registered, you still have time, Hart says.

“You can pre-register online at www.ftmyerstrackclub.com or from 7 to 7:45 a.m. on race day.

Age groups include adults with a preregistration fee of $20 or $25 on race day, and Youth (18 and under), $10 preregistration is $10 and $15 on race day. All checks should be made out to the Rotary Club of Lehigh Acres and can be mailed 1152 Cherokee Ave., Lehigh Acres, FL 33936.

Hart said the race route begins at the Microtel Inn and goes behind the post office down S. Loop and up Westminster to Broad St. loop to Presbyterian Homes and Woodard St. and then across Beth Stacy to the first loop in Cedarwood and back to the Microtel following the same route.

“It’s a good four miles,” Hart said.

There are overall awards for racers including male and female overall, male and female masters, male and female grandmasters, and male and female Senior Grandmasters.

Also, age group awards are first, third male and female: 9-under 10-12, 13-15, 16-19; 20-24 25-29, 30-34, 3539, 40-44, 45-49, 50-54, 55-59, 60-64, 65-69, 70-74 and 75 and over.

Hart noted that the event will be timed using the new Chrono Track Bib Tag technology.

“Your timing strip is attached to your race number. Do not remove this tag, fold or wrinkle it or your race number. Do not cover your race number (tag) with a jacket. Simply pin all four corners to your running shirt,” he said.

There will be refreshments and awards presented immediately following the race at the Microtel Inn & Suites.

Hart said the proceeds are used to support Rotary Kids Night Baseball, East Lee County High School’s Interact Club, JROTC, Track and Cross Country teams.

Hart said the fastest anyone has run in the race dates back to 1988 or 1989 when a visitor to Lehigh from Eugene, Oregon, identified as Kevin Ryan, ran the four miles in 19 minutes and 22 seconds.

“That record hasn’t been beat yet,” Hart said. “That’s a pretty good time.”