Friday, July 3, 2020

Run, Swim, Walk, Ride! Family Fun Benefiting Youth, Military and Community

Two annual local events are coming up that are impactful, fun and not to be missed. Add them to your calendar and register!

The Low Tide Ride and Stride, to be held on June 16, is a family-focused event which is put on by Coronado Rotary that encompasses a special privilege. The US Navy makes an annual exception to allow cyclists, runners and walkers to enjoy the 8-mile stretch of beach between Imperial Beach and Coronado’s North Beach, an area that is normally closed to the public as it is used for Navy Seal training and is part of the Naval Amphibious Base.

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This event began over 18 years ago and has grown significantly over the years. The low tide allows for runners, walkers and bike riders of all ages to participate, with recognition categories ranging in age from 12 and under to 80 years and older. The event begins at the YMCA Camp Surf in Imperial Beach and follows the beachline to the finish line north of Hotel Del Coronado at North Beach, the approach end of North Island Naval Air Station approach runway.

The majority of the funds raised by this event are used for programs which focus on the creation of opportunities for wounded veterans and other causes that support our military. If you would like to become a Sponsor, you will not only help support Wounded Warrior causes, but you will also be giving much needed support to programs for children and adults, the arts, and more. Sponsorship levels include Platinum sponsors $5000, Gold sponsors $2500, Silver $1000, Bronze $500, and Community $250.

Details and registration: Low Tide Ride & Stride


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The Sports Fiesta includes the longest continuously running triathlon in the world. It is sponsored by the Optimist Club of Coronado and will celebrate its 47th year on July 28. The first Sports Fiesta was held in 1971 and raised $1460 for the Optimists’ Youth Fund. The event is a collaboration of local businesses and the community, who join forces to raise money and support the youth of Coronado.

There is no other sporting event which includes “The Big Three,” a 1 mile rough water ocean swim, a 5K run on Naval Air Station North Island, and a triathlon, consisting of a 400 meter ocean swim, a 1 mile run and a 4 mile bike ride. There are limited spaces available for each event: ocean swim limited to 100 swimmers, 5K limited to 300 entries, triathlon limited to 300 entrants. The Hard Rock Award will go to the top three male and female contestants who complete “The Big Three” (based on fastest combined time).

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Local businesses are encouraged to support Coronado’s youth by becoming partners in the Sports Fiesta. The Optimist Club assists numerous youth groups and programs. Gold Medal sponsors are those who contribute more than $1,000, Silver Medal sponsors provide between $400 and $999 and Bronze Medal sponsors give $250 to $399. Sports Fiesta contributors donate up to $250.

Details and registration here:  Optimist Sports Fiesta

Events like these that support our community, our youth, and our military are why Coronado is such a special place. Get signed up and enjoy the beach while doing good!


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Chris Kelly
Chris is a native San Diegan who has had business ties to Coronado from when the bridge still had a toll. She vowed to herself one day she would make the island her home. Chris has been an entrepreneur for over two decades as a business owner and business/life strategist and coach. Her work has been seen in magazines, blogs, The Seattle Times and The Huffington Post.Have news to share? Send tips, story ideas or letters to the editor to:


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