5K over new Estero Parkway will raise money for food bank

Local groups organize 5K benefit to help youth swimming, area food bank

What: Bridge the Road to Hunger 5K Run/Walk

Where: Start and finish is at Germain Arena in Estero.

When: Check-in, 6 p.m.; race start, 7 p.m.

Cost: $15 if registered by Oct. 11; $20 day of race

Info: (239) or e-mail: coachgregg55@aol.com

— Greg Cross is an athlete, a tri-athlete to be more specific. He’s been swimming competitively since he was 6, has enjoyed a career as a coach and trainer and, heck, he’s even stroked and kicked 23 miles across Tampa Bay.

Now Cross is taking his aquatic spirit to land — helping organize a 5K fundraiser that will take place at 7 p.m. on the Estero Parkway overpass on Tuesday, Oct. 13.

“I thought it would be a good course to run,” said Cross, a Swim Florida coach. “So one day I snuck and ran it for fun.”

Cross’ run brought about a revelation of sorts. His first reaction was to host a race. Then he decided to pile on a charity component, one that will benefit Swim Florida and The South Ft. Myers Food Bank.

“Now we’ve got a good cause and it’s kind of just taken off,” Cross said. “And it’s a night race, and there aren’t many of those.”

The new bridge is part of the Estero Parkway extension, a roadway that will connect U.S. 41 to Ben Hill Griffin Parkway, Germain Arena and the Florida Gulf Coast University area. The road will open to public traffic on Oct. 23.

Meg Judge with the Estero Chamber of Commerce will fire the start gun for the race.

“It will be a great and wonderful opportunity for people to have fun on a new bridge,” Judge said.

Registration is open currently open. Racers can also register on the day of the race.

Reach Chad Gillis at cgillis@the-banner.com.

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