Your race. Your cause. That's the mantra behind My Charity Run, a 5K/10K that allows registrants to raise funds for whichever organization they choose. As long as the group is a registered nonprofit, runners can initiate a fundraising campaign for it upon signing up for the race. Though the hallmark of the event, fundraising is optional: runners without a specific charity in mind will have a portion of their registration fee donated to various local charities.
To prep for the race, runners can follow 5K and 10K training programs on My Charity Run's Facebook and Twitter pages. The day of the run, participants are encouraged to wear clothing or uniforms that represent and promote their cause. The race will take place on the Hollywood Beach Boardwalk, and those who let the bucolic backdrop inspire them to cross the finish line will be rewarded with a completion medal, a souvenir T-shirt, and a goodie bag with swag from the sponsors. Awards will be handed out to the three fastest times and three highest fundraisers in each age group, as well as three overall spirit awards for those with great costumes, positive attitudes, and spirit animals with the quickest completion times.
Upon entering The Native Village, before you even spot a loitering tortoise or run your finger across the scales of a baby alligator, you'll catch a whiff of wood fire. That scent acts as a drifting reminder of the village's purpose, which is to give visitors a glimpse into how the Seminoles lived in the Everglades during the early 1900s.
For more than 30 years, The Native Village has educated guests with guided tours and live demonstrations of gator wrestling and snake handling. Today, you can stop by the property's Big Oak habitat, where alligators, caimans, and crocodiles live side by side and, consequently, have to share the same tube of toothpaste. At the Gator Hole, Lunge?a 13-foot, 1,000-pound bull alligator?stuns onlookers but doesn't faze the wrestlers wrangling him into submission with their bare hands. But the village is home to cute creatures, too. You can get your daily dose of awws by visiting Chain Saw the prairie dog, Ghost the fox, and a whole roster of other mammals, reptiles, fish, and fowl that lived alongside the early 20th-century Seminoles.
At Outta Control Sport Fishing, Captain Ralph Hawkins applies more than 25 years of fishing experience and an arsenal of advanced electronics to put his customers on fish such as snapper, grouper, and king mackerel. Guided by 72-mile HD radar and sonar, and powered by a pair of more than 500-horsepower John Deere engines, the 75-foot Outta Control IV can jet towards its finned prey at speeds of more than 22 knots. Other devices, including Sirius weather and dual VHF marine radios, help ensure passengers' safety on the trip.
Once the fish are found, the dedicated Outta Control IV crew will go to almost any lengths to catch them: their precision anchor fishing can target future seafood hiding at depths of up to 300 feet. Anglers cast off with quality Finor reels and Shakespeare Ugly stick rods, pulling in a quantity and quality of seafood unmatched by most other boats in Southeast Florida. For customers' comfort, the Outta Control IV also comes fully equipped with two full restrooms and an air-conditioned cabin for hot days. A full galley serves up meals, snacks, and cold beverages.
Gábor Pásztor has always loved sports, his passion and athleticism leading him to compete in international track-and-field meets on behalf of his home country, Hungary. Today, he brings his speed, endurance, and coordination skills to the United States to help a new generation of soccer and track-and-field stars hone their natural abilities at Citius Athletic Club Miami. At his club, he helms US Soccer Federation–registered soccer teams in competitive play against other local organizations. And he's serious about the sport: He holds practice with four different age groups of students—ranging ages 3–13—three times a week.
In addition to prepping youths for league play, he and his coaches lead fundamentals classes for beginning soccer players. The fundamentals classes cover the same skills and techniques as the competitive practices, but students aren't required to compete in games or maintain perfect pitch during the "National Anthem."
Having watched his grandfather and father work in the boating industry his whole life, Brad Reeves found it natural to follow in their wake. In 2011, he expanded the family business, acquiring a fleet of new Bennington pontoon boats to open Reeves Coastal Cruises, a boat-rental company. Each boat is equipped with a Yamaha motor, GPS, and a CD player, and he sends groups of up to 10 sailing the shimmering waters of south Florida with cruise packages featuring four- and eight-hour rentals, as well as two-hour sunset rentals. His wife and business partner, Jennifer, hosts the Florida Insider Fishing Report on Sun Sports and is an NBC 6 Miami meteorologist. She applies this unique expertise of the region to their business and ensuring a memorable experience for their customers. Today, with their twin daughters helping out dockside, they continue a family tradition of getting others together for a fun and safe day on the water, outfitting each vessel with safety equipment, a full tank of gas, and spray-on seagull repellant.
Originally built in 1930, Spring Hill Golf Course spans 6,665 yards of kempt fairways lined by mature trees and interspersed water hazards. The par 72 course snakes through the charming Spring Hill College campus, challenging golfers with subtle elevation changes, six ponds, and rogue professors interrogating passersby about the lost history of the mashie niblick. The driving range prepares golfers for their 18-hole odyssey, which begins with an unforgiving first hole—a 435-yard par 4 rated the course's most difficult. PGA professional Shane Allen oversees the stately grounds, employing digital video analysis in lessons for juniors, adults, and caddies desperate to determine their most intimidating post-putt howl. Course at a Glance: * 18-hole, par 72 course * Length of 6,665 yards from the farthest tees * Course rating of 71.3 from the farthest tees * Slope rating of 124 from the farthest tees * Four tee options * Scorecard