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Join us for the 15th annual Kiwanis BUG Chase!
If you have participated in this race before, you know what a great time you have running this unique course while helping the school children of Lee County. The course includes cypress wetlands, pine flatwoods, and a restoration area. Wildflowers and low-growing plants such as purple aster grow along the paths.
The Kiwanis BUG Chase 5K Run is a race to benefit the Bring Up Grades programs in local Lee County elementary schools and other Fort Myers Metro-McGregor Kiwanis club sponsored children’s projects. Kiwanis Bring up Grades, or ‘BUG’, is a program designed to provide recognition to students who raise their grades to an acceptable range and maintain or continue to raise them from one grading period to the next. Schools that have been supported by the club’s BUG program include Littleton Elementary, Rayma C. Page Elementary and Orangewood Elementary.
The Fort Myers Metro-McGregor Kiwanis Club also supports the following sponsored leadership programs: Aktion Club at LARC, Key Club at FSW Collegiate High, Builders Club at Cypress Lake Middle and K-Kids at Littleton Elementary. The club funded multi-sensory rooms at Tropic Isles Elementary, NFM Academy for the Arts, Heights Elementary, Rayma C. Page Elementary and James Stephens Elementary. We supply a world atlas to either every fourth or third grade student at the following schools: Rayma C. Page Elementary, Heights Elementary, Orangewood Elementary, Littleton Elementary and James Stephens Elementary.
The Fort Myers Metro-McGregor Kiwanis club also supports many other organizations including the Pine Manor Improvement Assn., March of Dimes, The Salvation Army, Ronald McDonald House, Early Learning Coalition of SWFL, Dr. Piper Center, Children's Network of SWFL, Healthy Start SWFL, United Way, Lee, Hendry & Glades and more!
- Race day registrations begins at 7 a.m.
- Race day packet pick up will take place from 7 a.m.-7:45 a.m.
- Race time is 8 a.m.
- Short sleeve t-shirt in performance material guaranteed to the first 200 registered
- Overall age group awards to be presented
- No shirts or packets will be held after race day for pick up
- Register by 12/10/2022 to guarantee shirt size
- Runner registration is capped at 400 registrations
- Parking inside the nature center lot is limited. Additional parking available offsite at the Lee Health Facility across from the nature center.
- This event will be timed with chip tag technology. Your timing strip is attached to your race number. Do not remove this tag. Do not fold, or wrinkle the tag nor the race number. Do not cover your race number.
- We are happy to offer both adult AND youth registration options for our race.
To learn more about our projects, please visit our website (http://www.metro-mcgregor.com/) or Facebook page.
Thank you for supporting the race and in-turn our projects in the community!
A COPY OF THE OFFICIAL REGISTRATION AND FINANCIAL INFORMATION MAY BE OBTAINED FROM THE DIVISION OF CONSUMER SERVICES BY CALLING TOLL-FREE (800-435-7352) WITHIN THE STATE. REGISTRATION DOES NOT IMPLY ENDORSEMENT, APPROVAL, OR RECOMMENDATION BY THE STATE.
The first 200 runners will receive a short sleeve T-shirt in a performance material.
To ensure your sizing, please register by 12/10/2022.
No shirts will be held after race day for pick up.
If you have any questions about this race, click the button below.
Please share your BUG Chase 5K experience with other participants. After participant results are uploaded, participants may return to their results page, upload and tag their photos. You can also tag and share your race photos on the Facebook event page.
Additional race information can be found at https://www.metro-mcgregor.com/.
Due to construction on Colonial Boulevard, our course has been altered this year to remove that section.
This event will be timed with the Chip Bib Tag Technology by Endurance Sports Timing. Your Timing Strip is attached to your race number. Do not remove this tag, fold or wrinkle your race number. Do not cover your race number (Tag) with a jacket. Simply pin all four corners to the front of your running shirt.
Unregistered participants, unauthorized vehicles, bicycles, roller blades, skates, skateboards, strollers and pets are strictly prohibited. Baby joggers are allowed but participants must start and remain at the back of the runners/walkers, thereby not interfering (passing, swerving between) with the other participants.
Temperatures/humidity can be high in South Florida. Participants should drink plenty of fluid (non-alcoholic) for 48 hours prior to, during and upon finishing the race. Beware of heat-injury symptoms (dizziness, no sweating, nausea, cramps, redness, incoherent speech and thoughts). Seek immediate assistance if symptoms occur. Wear loose, light-colored clothing.
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