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Updated: 01/22/2014 08:00:03AM

Hands Across the Harbor unites two cities once again

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Hands Across the Harbor participants can register the day of the event at 6:45 a.m. at Bayshore Live Oak Park. The event includes a 10 and 20 mile bike route starting at 7:55 a.m., an 8K longboard race at 8:00 a.m., an 8K run at 8:12 a.m., followed by the 8:15 a.m. start of the non-competitive 5K fun walk.

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Hands Across the Harbor registration costs $25 per person and $20 per student on the day of the event. Each group will begin by heading east to U.S. 41 and then proceed south on Gilchrist Bridge.

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Funds that the Charlotte Harbor Environmental Center receives from the Hands Across the Harbor event help offset the cost of busing students to either the Alligator Creek Preserve in Punta Gorda or the Cedar Point Environmental Park in Englewood.

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Bayshore Live Oak Park is located at 23157 Bayshore Road in Port Charlotte. For more information, visit www.handsacrosstheharbor.org or contact Debrah Forester at 941-764-4943.

By ERIN MOORE

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Born out of the desire to bridge the gap between Port Charlotte and Punta Gorda, the 6th Annual Hands Across the Harbor event will again bring the communities together Jan. 25 to run, walk, bike or longboard between the two cities.

The Charlotte Harbor Community Redevelopment Agency partnered with the Punta Gorda CRA to develop the event featuring a scenic route that begins at Bayshore Live Oak Park in Port Charlotte and takes people across the Gilchrist Bridge over Peace River and into Punta Gorda.

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