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Bike, run or walk for LOOP for Literacy on Feb. 16

Signups are underway for LOOP for Literacy’s 24-mile bike ride, certified 5K and kids’ run and dash.  The ninth annual Feb. 16 moves to Bryant Park on the Intracoastal in Lake Worth.

“The ride goes up to Manatee Lagoon for the turnaround. So, people can see the manatees,” said Kristin Calder, Literacy Coalition of Palm Beach County CEO.

Teams or individuals can register for the 7 a.m. roadside bike ride for $50. The USTAF-certified run/walk at 8 a.m. is $35 adults, $15 18 and younger.  A new kids’ one-mile fun run for 12 and younger is $10 and starts at 8:45 a.m. Also new this year is a kids’ 100-yard dash for 7 and younger at 9 a.m. “Every child who participates gets a book,” Calder said.  Registration includes finisher medals, a race tech shirt, awards, and food. Go to Literacy Coalition of Palm Beach County site.

“Last year, NCCI had the largest team with 40 employees. We’re looking for other companies and it’s a good team building,” Calder said.  Along with NCCI, co-chairs Joe Grant and Larry Katz, a Wells Fargo executive, are the Boca connections. Their firms are Loop sponsors and they’re both Literacy Coalition directors.

“My law firm Marshall Grant has a team and others can organize their own teams,” Grant said. “You can cycle, run or walk. So, it appeals to all age groups and fitness levels. It’s intended as a family event.  “My goal is to build this every year and make it better,” Grant said. “Now that it’s close to home, I hope we can knock it out of the park.”

“I got involved with literacy last year,” Grant added about the cause. “I’m an avid reader and my 8-year-old daughter is just beginning her journey.”

By Marci Shatzman

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