Monday, April 19, 2021

Kiwanis Family 5K Run Through Hideaway Supports Education

Competitors leave the starting line at last year’s Kiwanis 5K race. Photo by Scott H. Shook

Competitors leave the starting line at last year’s Kiwanis 5K race. Photo by Scott H. Shook

A group of energized planners met recently with Co-chairs Tim Clune and Preston Stiner to discuss the upcoming 5th Annual Kiwanis Family 5K that will take place on November 18, 2017. Each year the Kiwanis 5K benefits an education need here on Marco Island, and this year is no different. Over time the TV studio at the Marco Island Charter Middle School fell into disrepair and contained increasingly outdated equipment. When George Abounader, principal of the school, spoke convincingly of the critical instructional role this studio plays, Kiwanians stepped up and committed to supporting needed repairs and equipment purchases.

Runners who wish to participate can sign up at The 5K course starts out at Tigertail Beach, with Race Day Registration starting at 6:30 AM, and the Run/Walk (if you prefer) beginning promptly at 8 AM. One of the attractions to the many runners who have participated throughout the prior years of this 5K is that the course runs through beautiful Hideaway Beach. This year some of the magnificent landscaping has been a bit ruffled up by Irma, but the grounds still reflect their intended tropical beauty and tranquility.

The Kiwanis Club of Marco Island is a well-known local civic group that seeks to “improve the world, one child and one community at a time.” Kiwanis supports Terrific Kids programs at local elementary schools, in which outstanding students and their families are invited to a breakfast ceremony where their accomplishments are acknowledged. The civic group also supports a large and very active Key Club at the Marco Island Academy, the local high school. Kiwanis provides every child at Manatee Elementary School with an appropriate Christmas present, and twice annually funds a Reading is Fundamental Program at two schools where each child selects a book of his or her choosing to keep. The Club also, among many other programs, provides college scholarships to local students from surrounding schools, and supports families severely impacted by the recent hurricane.

Funding for this good work comes from donations and from three very weather dependent activities: the Car Show, the Seafood Festival done in conjunction with local Rotary Clubs; and the upcoming 5K. Anyone interested in running the 5K for qualifying times will be happy with the arrangements, and so will those with young children in strollers who choose to simply take a lovely walk through a beautiful area.

More information about the race is available at and more information about Kiwanis is available on the Kiwanis Club of Marco Island website.

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