This annual 5K run winds through Genesis Preparatory School's campus?varied terrain that encompasses hills, pine-covered flatwoods, and, of course, gallons of mud. Racers slog through it, and navigate a sprinkling of obstacles, too, but it's worth it at the finish line. Afterwards, participants can enjoy live music and enough food to ensure that no one has to refuel by running the race backward.
Dr. Allan Spiegel was known in his community for donating specialized services to wounded veterans. When he knew that treatments could help veterans regain the ability to function, he would conduct the procedure, regardless of their abilities to compensate him on their own or through Veterans Affairs. He founded Healing Heroes Network (HHN) to organize doctors who felt a similar calling to help heal "those who protect and serve [the] nation." HHN sends wounded service members to a network of carefully selected local medical professionals when their insurance will not cover the costs of necessary treatments, and it also ensures that all necessary services are covered. In addition to providing medical services, the organization raises awareness about the need for greater funding for veterans' medical care.
CSA Palm Harbor keeps its neighborhood moving. As the managing body of parks, recreation, and leisure services for the unincorporated community of Palm Harbor, the outfit takes charge by providing affordable, high-quality facilities and programs. CSA Palm Harbor manages three multi-sport complexes and a full-service community activity center. Outside those doors, though, their efforts ripple through the community. They include a municipal kayak launch, a waterside park, fitness workshops, 5K fun runs, and camps for kids who don't want to spend their summer memorizing yearbook messages.
Tampa Bay Sporting Clays sits on 250 acres of forest and brush. A trail system connects three sporting-clays courses, each consisting of 8–13 stations that challenge guests of all ages and experience levels. Promatic throwing machines fling clays up into the tree-lined courses, mimicking game flying from the field. A five-stand course and a Super Station with wobble trap give guests more target scenarios, and a team of instructors are onsite to help refine marksmanship.
Two archery courses start with the stationary course set up for crossbow, field-point, and broadhead arrows with 20 targets placed 10–40 yards away. The 3-D course integrates the wooded terrain, giving archers 20 stations. Beyond maintaining the extensive shooting facilities, owners Mike Mezrah and Bill Arthur prize the social aspect of sport shooting. They invite both members and nonmembers to relax at the pavilion.
Public Safety Organization's Fall Festival honors the changing seasons with hayrides and a healthy dose of mud as the festival kicks off with a nearly 3-mile morning mud run. Afterward, families enjoy themselves until sundown, stopping by the petting zoo to bond with barnyard animals, and noshing on autumnal food and drinks.
Humane Society of Pinellas saves the lives of homeless animals through foster care, adoption programs and medical services. With a strict no-kill policy, the shelter accepts owner-surrendered animals by appointment. It adopts out a variety of animals, going beyond just dogs and cats?all of which are spayed or neutered, microchipped, and fully vaccinated?to include small pets such as rabbits, birds, and hamsters. In the medical wing, animal experts offer animal-training and behavioral-support programs along with low-cost spay and neuter services.