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Spring Lake 5K Run and Two-Mile Fun Walk

BROOKSVILLE The sixth annual Spring Lake 5K Run and Two-Mile Fun Walk will be held on May 25. The proceeds benefit The Arc Nature Coast.

Last year over 140 participants toughed out the challenge of this course, dubbed “the toughest 5K race in Florida.”

The race begins on the grounds of The Arc Nature Coast administrative offices located at 5283 Neff Lake Road in Brooksville.

The first mile takes the participants through a horse barn and a trail through the woods. From there, it goes out onto Neff Lake Road heading south to a turnaround just short of Powell Road.

The section of Neff Lake Road brings runners over two steep climbs out and the same two steep climbs back. Walkers go to the first climb and turn around halfway down the back side.

It’s a challenging course which keeps people coming back year after year. Some runners have stated that they “love to hate this course.”

Awards are given to runners for first, second and third place in various age categories, from 10 and under to over 70. Refreshments are served after the race.

There will be some door prizes, plenty of food and time to socialize with runners. It’s a morning of fun and exercise for the whole family.

To register, go to: or the and click on the link to the Spring Lake 5K Run. The cost is $25. High school runners receive a $5 discount.

The Arc Nature Coast is a 501C3 non-profit agency which provides services to adults with developmental delays. These services include job skills training, job placement and coaching, life skills, in-home supports, arts and crafts, community field trips, as well as transportation to and from the facility and enclave sights, just to name a few.

For more information, call (352) 544-2322 extension 112, or visit

Weeki Wachee football camp

WEEKI WACHEE Weeki Wachee High will host a football camp June 10-12, from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.

The camp is open to children age 5 through those entering the seventh grade. The cost is $65 per camper. Make reservations by May 27.

Instructors will be Weeki Wachee head coach Mark Lee and his football staff. The camp will also feature current football players from Weeki Wachee High.

Participants will learn basic technique and fundamentals about the game of football. Each camper will receive a T-shirt for participating. The camp will consist of offensive and defensive drills, one-on-one instruction, speed training, plus games and a contest.

Weeki Wachee coaches will be at the school’s stadium by 8 a.m. for drop-offs. Campers are to bring their own lunch or can purchase a value lunch for $5 that will consist of a hamburger or two hot dogs, chips and a drink.

For more information or to confirm your child’s spot at the camp, contact Coach Lee at (352) 200-0440 or

HCA holding basketball camp

BROOKSVILLE The annual Hernando Christian Academy ‘Light it Up’ Basketball Camp will run June 17-21, from 8 a.m. until noon in the HCA gym.

Cost of the camp is $65 and includes a camp T-shirt. Registration forms are available at the school front office or at under Athletics.

For more information, contact athletic director Mike Drummond at (352) 796-0616 or

Ride of Silence set for May 15

BROOKSVILLE The 10th annual Ride of Silence bicycle ride will take place May 15 at 6:30 p.m.

The event is a silent procession to honor friends and family members who have been killed or injured while cycling on public roadways. Although cyclists have a legal right to share the road with motorists, the motoring public often isn’t aware of these rights, and sometimes not aware of the cyclists themselves.

Riders of all abilities are invited to participate. A brief ceremony will be held at Suncoast Trailhead on State Road 50 in remembrance of lost colleagues and loved ones, followed by information on ride protocol, placement of signs to be pinned on riders’ jerseys, arm bands, etc.

The ride will roll out from the Suncoast Trailhead at 7 p.m. Again this year Brewer and Sons Funeral Homes and Cremation Services will be providing a hearse as a pace car. The ride will last for one hour from the trailhead to the Brewer and Sons facility in Brooksville and back at a 10-12 mph pace.

Route map and cue sheet can be found at:

For more information, call Owen Williams at (352) 596-6912 or visit

Horace Copeland annual football camp

SPRING HILL The Horace “Hi-C” Copeland Football Camp returns this year, May 18 at Anderson Snow Sports Complex.

This popular event, held by former Tampa Bay Buccaneers wide receiver Horace Copeland for ages 5-16, is free but registration is limited to the first 300 campers.

Check-in starts at 8 a.m. The non-contact camp runs 9 a.m. to 2:30 p.m.

Pre-register now by calling Hernando County Parks and Recreation at (352) 754-4031. For more information, visit Horace “Hi-C” Copeland’s Facebook page.

Nature Coast basketball skills camps

BROOKSVILLE Nature Coast Technical High School will be holding boys and girls basketball skills camps this summer, for players age 5 to those entering seventh grade.

The camps will take place June 17-20 and July 22-25, from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m., at the Nature Coast gym. Players and coaches will be at the NCT gym at 8 a.m. for camper drop off.

The cost is $75 per camper. The camp instructor will be David Pisarcik, a former college basketball standout at Armstrong Atlantic State University and current head boys basketball coach at Nature Coast. The camps will also include Nature Coast varsity boys basketball players to give individual instruction to campers.

The camp will consist of individual and group instruction on basic fundamentals of basketball, which include: basic and advanced ball-handling skills; fundamentals on shooting and passing; individual defense; team defense; daily contests and prizes; team competitions (3v3, 5v5); infamous pickle shot; 3-point, free throw and hot shot competitions; and trophies and awards.

For more information or to confirm your spot, call Pisarcik at (727) 385-2194.

Firearms safety classes

BROOKSVILLE The Hernando Sportsman’s Club is offering several firearms safety classes over the next few months.

The class dates include May 18 and June 5. A special “ladies only” firearms safety course will be held June 15.

All classes are from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. at Hernando Sportsman’s Club, 16121 Commercial Way.

The course covers lessons about the basics of firearms safety around the home; intro to pistol safety, parts and operation; intro to ammo and the fundamentals of pistol shooting; intro to pistol shooting from the seated and standing position; and intro to pistol cleaning and storage.

The classes include instruction, live-fire training on the range and a lunch break. All materials and equipment needed for the class and live-fire training is provided to students, including the use of a firearm, ammo, earplugs and eye protection.

The cost is $60. Successful completion of this class also provides required documentation to apply for a Florida concealed carry permit if desired.

Pre-registration is required. Please call (352) 597-9931 to pre-register.

For information on the club, visit

Spring Hill Lanes Kids Camp

SPRING HILL Spring Hill Lanes’ Kids Camp will be held for eight weeks this summer, allowing children ages 5-16 of all skill levels to have fun and learn how to bowl.

The camp will take place Wednesdays, June 15-July 31, and Saturdays, June 8-July 27, from 10:30 a.m. to noon.

The cost is $10 per week. Included is a choice of bowling ball, bag and shoes, free on-lane instruction, free T-shirt, open bowling for $1.50 per game, and an instructional video on Wednesdays.

For more information or to sign up, call Spring Hill Lanes at (352) 683-7272.

Springstead basketball camp

SPRING HILL Springstead High’s inaugural All Skills Basketball Camp, sponsored by Impact Sports, takes place this summer, open to boys and girls going into second through seventh grade.

The camp will be offered at Springstead’s gym, in two separate sessions, June 24-27 and July 22-25, from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Early drop-off is available starting at 8 p.m. for an additional fee.

Campers must bring their own lunch, though pizza, Powerade and water will be available for purchase.

Cost is $80 per camper, $65 for children of Hernando County school district employees, and $20 off for each additional child.

Sign-ups will take place May 25 at the Springstead gym, from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Early registration is available at, or through the registration brochure.

For more information, contact Springstead boys basketball head coach Tim Plumadore at (352) 797-7010 ext. 251, (352) 238-7536 or

Tennis camp and classes

SPRING HILL Ace Performance Tennis is offering Quick Start Drills Mondays from 5:30 to 6:30 p.m. at Delta Woods Park.

The cost is $10.00 per class. Drills and games are designed for beginning players using the USTA-approved strategies for 60-foot court players.

Learn to play tennis quickly with age- and size-appropriate equipment and modified courts.

Additionally, Ace Performance Tennis is offering a Ladies Night Out, Mondays from 6:30 to 7:30 p.m. at Delta Woods Park.

The cost is $10 per class. Women of beginning and intermediate skill levels will learn to play in a fun social setting.

For more information on the camp and classes, contact John or Louise Downey at (352) 666-0658 or

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