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Updated: 01/27/2014 08:00:01AM

Community joins ‘Hands’

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Longboarders line up for the start of Saturday morning’s race at the Sixth Annual Hands Across the Harbor community event at Bayshore Live Oak Park in Charlotte Harbor. Proceeds from the series of races will benefit the Charlotte Harbor Environmental Center.

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Joe Cellamare of Port Charlotte crosses the finish line at Hands Across the Harbor. The 8K run started in Bayshore Live Oak Park in Charlotte Harbor, traversed the bridge over to Gilchrist Park in Port Charlotte, then returned to Charlotte Harbor.

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The Yoga Sanctuary of Punta Gorda, along with Charlotte Stone Crabs mascots Stoney and Raymond, lead a group of participants in warm-up exercises prior to the charity races featured at Saturday’s Sixth Annual Hands Across the Harbor.

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Charlotte County Fire/EMS MDA volunteers serve up breakfast during Hands Across the Harbor, held Saturday at Bayshore Live Oak Park in Charlotte Harbor. Proceeds from the breakfast go to the Muscular Dystrophy Association and the Charlotte Harbor Environmental Center.

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Wes Ojeda, at left, and Donnie Finkelstein of Charlotte County Fire/EMS MDA serve as firefighters flipping flapjacks during the event.

By GARY ROBERTS

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CHARLOTTE HARBOR — It’s called distance longboarding, but Ralf Merz took the relatively new sport to extremes at Saturday’s Hands Across the Harbor. Merz, with a starting point of Berlin, Germany, was the winner of the competitive longboard race.

“I’ve done downhill many times, but I’m also interested in long- distance longboarding,” Merz said.

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