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Battle on the Blueway Fights for Charity

June 12, 2019
By ELIZABETH CALDWELL ( , Fort Myers Beach Bulletin, Fort Myers Beach Observer

The fifth annual Battle on the Blueway returned to Crescent Beach Family Park on Saturday, June 8th.

The event included a Special Olympics unified fun race, as well as 7- and 2-mile races.

For the 7- and 2-mile races, 54 entrants using stand up paddle boards, surf skis, and outrigger canoes competed in a number of heats. Racers navigated their crafts around a number of buoys placed by race officials.

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Racers begin their heats.


17 Special Olympians from Collier and Lee Counties later paired with athletes from the longer races to participate in the fun race.

"It's pure enjoyment for them," said Justin Copertino, Special Olympics Director for Collier, Lee, and Hendry Counties. "It's as much a competition for them as it is for the other athletes."

Last year, Battle on the Blueway raised $6,000. All proceeds benefit the Special Olympics.



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