Red Bull supporting Dec.1 adventure race and fun run


In partnership with Red Bull and Rookery Bay Research Reserve, Friends of Rookery Bay is hosting its 8th Annual Adventure Race and Fun Run.

The paddling and running event is being held from 9 until 11:30 a.m., Saturday, Dec. 1, at the Rookery Bay Environmental Learning Center, 300 Tower Road.

Individuals and teams of two will participate in a 3k kayak or stand-up paddle (SUP) along Henderson Creek along with a 5k trail run as part of the Adventure Race. Fun Run participants will enjoy a 5k trail run. Children 10 and younger are invited to participate in a free 1/3-mile Fun Run.

Kayakers take a guided tour in Rookery Bay Reserve. Southwest Florida offers a wide range of kayak tours and kayak rentals for summer adventurers to explore the area's waterways.

“The Adventure Race is a great way to showcase the estuary environment that Rookery Bay Research Reserve scientists and educators work to protect,” said Athan Barkoukis, executive director of the non-profit Friends of Rookery Bay, which supports the reserve.

“Racers on the kayaks and paddleboards will enjoy the shallow waters of Henderson Creek, which is not affected by red tide or algae blooms, as well as the beautiful red, black and white mangroves along the banks that are so instrumental in protecting our coastline. And, runners will weave among a scrub brush and pineland forest trail system that showcases the natural environment. The day is a great way for individuals and families to enjoy nature-based physical exercise.”

Participants will receive a t-shirt, post-race refreshments, and free admission to the Environmental Learning Center, which features aquariums, a touch tank, natural history exhibits, and an art gallery. Guest will enjoy Science Saturdays children’s activities. The Nature Store will have holiday items for sale and a special promotion for people spending $50 or more.

Awards will be presented to the top finishers in each category: men, women, individual, relays, tandem-teams, kayak-run and SUP-run.

Individual registration is $40 through Nov. 30 and $50 on event day. Kayaks may be reserved on a first-come, first-served basis for $20. Proceeds benefit Friends of Rookery Bay.

For more information or to register, visit or call 239-530-5972.