Workout on the Waterfront to raise awareness to pollution

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Cedar Key’s Workout on the Waterfront (WoW) is an exciting day packed full of fun and active events, scheduled this year for Feb. 24.

The WoW event aims to raise awareness about plastic pollution along our coasts.

Proceeds from the 2018 races and silent auction will benefit the public aquarium at NCBS, Cedar Key School and the annual Cedar Key International Coastal Cleanup.

WoW Events include the Coastal Heritage 5K with runners of all ages following a route winding through downtown Cedar Key and along the historic waterfront. Race starts 9 a.m. at Lil Shark Park, 192 Second Street. Register at Active.com in advance or on race day at 6:30 a.m. Runner check-in begins at 6:30 a.m.

Astena Otie Kayak Challenge is for kayakers ages 18 and above. It will start at the beach in downtown Cedar Key at 10:15 a.m. The course runs around and through Astena Otie Key and back to the City Park beach. Racers must pick up at least one item of garbage from Atsena Otie’s shoreline before racing back to City Park. Register at Active.com in advance or day of race at 6:30 a.m.

The Repurpose-It-Regatta is open to all ages who are invited to build their own boat from recyclable materials. The race begins at G and Third streets at 11:15 a.m. (Boats with children require one adult). Certain materials such as Styrofoam are excluded. Register at Active.com in advance or on the day of the race at 6:30 a.m.

Join fellow racers for a lunch at city park and browse the silent auction while waiting for award presentations. Awards will be given for the first three places in the 5K and Kayak race for each age and gender category. For the Repurpose-it-Regatta, awards will be given for the Fastest Boat, Most Creative Boat, Pulling up the Rear (slowest boat across the finish line), and Winner of Pirate Heat (fastest out of disqualified boats).

For more information, please contact Emily Colson at 352-325-6079 or email to emilycolson@ufl.edu