It may be sticky, hot, and humid at the crack of dawn, but that is not enough to keep runners away from a bevy of summer races planned for everyone from the occasional weekend warrior to the elite athlete.
Among the most popular is the annual Moe’s Firecracker 5K July 4. Hosted by Gulf Coast Runners, the Independence Day race is expected to draw about 1,500 participants to Fleischmann Park in Naples.
Nearly a week later, those craving a more intense competition can join the American Sprint Triathlon and Duathlon, which kicks off at Sugden Regional Park July 10.
Later in the month, as part of Elite Events’ summer series, there are two more races, the Eagle Lakes 5K July 23, and the North Collier Regional Rampage 5K August 20.