Category Archives: Past Events

2016 Annual Everglades Ride


For the Benefit of Friends of Fakahatchee and River of Grass Greenway        www.everglades

Sunday, March 13, 2015

McLeod Park
218 South Copeland Ave
Everglades City

Registration starts at 7:30 am


On-Road Bicycle Rides

Opportunity to customize the distance of your ride available

62 Mile starts at 8:00 am

16 Mile starts at 9:00 am

Off-Pavement Bicycle Ride

A combination of paved and gravel roads, this route goes through the beautiful and wild Janes Scenic Drive in Fakahatchee.

27 Mile starts at 8:30 am

Register online at

$40 includes SAG-supported ride, continental breakfast, snacks, and lunch.
ALSO, a visit to the historic Smallword Store & Museum
$5 early registration discount (<March 4); and $5 discount for FOF and FROGG members.
First child 12 & under:  Free with parent;  Additional child 12 & under: $15

Piggy’s Revenge

Piggy’s Revenge – A race sponsored by Sarasota County Off Road Riders (SCOOR) – Jan 10th, 2016

piggys-revengeOnce a year the members of SCORR host an endurance race on the trails of the T. Mabry Carlton Reserve. Riders get to choose the 20 or 40 mile mountain bike route or the 60 mile epic endurance race. The race courses have varied terrain, are well marked and the MTB path includes 8+ miles of twisty singletrack. This race takes place during the winter season allowing travelers to escape the cold. All racers receive an event t-shirt. Everyone gets to enjoy homemade bratwurst, snacks and cold drinks

For more information and registration click here.

Tour de Parks 2016

TdP Announcement


 62, 35, and 20-mile scenic, fun rides!
Start and finish at the historic Venice Train Depot
303 E Venice Ave., Venice, Florida

CaptureEntry fees:
$35 before 2/20/16
$40 before 3/18/16
$45 3/18/16 and after

 Your entry includes breakfast, lunch, rest-stops, SAG support, and a technical Tee shirt for the first 500 participants.  We are excited to be sponsoring this year’s ride with the Sarasota Manatee Bicycle Club, along with past sponsors Friends of Sarasota County Parks and Sarasota County Recreation and Natural Resources.  

You may register for the Tour de Parks with one of the following three methods:

Ride Schedule

Registration Opens
6:30 AM
 Breakfast  6:30 – 8:30
Catered Lunch 11:00 AM – 2:00 PM
Ride Starts 7:30 AM – 62 miles
8:30 AM – 35 miles
9:30 AM – 20 miles
Rides End 2:00 PM


Packet Pickup

Friday, March 18th
4:00 to 6:00 PM
Bicycles International (1744 Tamiami Trail S, Venice, FL 34293
 Saturday, March 19th
1:00 to 4:00 PM
 Real Bikes (581 US Highway 41 Bypass N, Venice, FL 34285
Sunday, March 20th
From 6:30 AM
Venice Train Depot


Need a Hotel Room the Night Before the Ride?
Bentley’s Hotel is offering Tour de Parks riders a special room rate of $125 for March 19th.  To get the special rate just tell the front desk that you are with Tour de Parks when you make your reservation.


Custom 2016 Tour de Parks jerseys are available from Bespoke Kits.
Click here for more details.

See also:   Ride Brochure     Map of Routes      Sponsor Agreement Form

National Public Lands Day @ Oscar Scherer Park, 26 Sept

The Friends of The Legacy Trail will sponsor an information booth from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. to celebrate National Public Lands Day on Saturday, September 26, 2015 at the Oscar Scherer Park.  FLT has a special affiliation with this park – the park serves as a direct entry point to the Legacy Trail; and the park hosted the monthly FLT meeting for many years.  FLT will be one of some 30 non-profit groups with booths to talk about their community services mission and volunteer opportunities.   Besides free access to the park, there will be music and many kid friendly activities.  Bike-on down and join in the festivities.  It’s a great way to explore volunteer opportunities that you can join to help keep Sarasota as a great place to live, work, and raise a family.

Tour de North Port

tour de north port

“It’s the Green Pumpkin!”

The 6th Annual Tour de North Port sponsored by People for Trees, Inc.

On Sunday, October 25, 2015, a festive on-road organized bicycle ride, 15,35, or 65 miles through some of the most beautiful pine flatwoods in North Port. Breakfast provided by FirstWatch, lunch, desserts, rest stops with homemade snacks, SAG provided by Louie’s Bicycle and The Bicycle Center, door prizes.

Pre-registration online $40, on-site $45. First 250 to pre-register will receive a free ride t-shirt, “got shade?” sunglasses, and a goody bag.

Doors open at 7AM, group starts begin at 8AM from Imagine School, 2757 Sycamore St. North Port. More info: (941) 426-9752.

Annual fundraiser for People for Trees, Inc., a native tree advocacy non-profit group.

Register at

Initial Summer Bike Challenge Winners Announced

Emily Ek was the winner of the bicycle for the June Challenge
Emily Ek was the winner of the bicycle for the June Challenge

Emily Ek won the July drawing for a bicycle prize as part of the Laurel Nokomis School – Summer Bike Ride Challenge sponsored by Friends of The Legacy Trail. The bicycle was donated by Sports Authority, 8372 S. Tamiami Trail, Sarasota.

Olivia Vidolin and Jack Vidolin, two of the Backpack winners.
Olivia Vidolin and Jack Vidolin, two of the Backpack winners.

Olivia and Jack Vidolin won Legacy Trail backpacks along with other students. The Summer Bike Ride Challenge is a pilot program with the Laurel Nokomis School to promote bike safety and family bike riding on The Legacy Trail. The school has kindergarten through 8th grade students and the school PTO received $500 for participating in the program. Students that signed up received a free bike helmet, a Legacy Trail tee shirt, and drawstring backpack for signing a safety pledge. Drawings for prizes are done at the end of June and July and include a bike, Legacy Trail backpacks and Legacy Trail canvas bags.  Students record their bike riding distance each month on the FLT  website.  Congratulations to all the young students who participated. Stay tuned for next month’s winners.

Bike Rodeo for Kids – 18 April 2015

Sarasota Bike Rodeo 2015.001FLT is joining with the Sarasota Police Department to sponsor a bike rodeo for kids on 18 April 2015 at the Robert L. Taylor Community Complex, 1845 34th St, in Sarasota, FL from 9 a.m. to 12 p.m. There will be an agility course, bike games, and prizes.  FLT will offer free bike helmets and fitting for kids.  Florida law requires that all bike riders younger than 16 years of age must wear a properly fitted and fastened bicycle helmet.  Bring your kids and their bikes for a fun time.

Celebrate Earth Day (and learn how to lead a more earth-friendly life)

Florida House Earth Day flyer
Florida House Earth Day flyer

We are proud to join the Florida House Institute as they host a family friendly Earth Day open house celebration on Saturday, April 25 at their newly renovated facility at 4454 Beneva Road, Sarasota FL.

Florida House will showcase the latest Florida specific technologies and strategies to achieve zero energy and barrier free accessible design for all stages of life. There will be live music and demonstrations ranging from solar energy to gardening and home cooking. FLT will also have a booth promoting the multi-use, non-motorized Legacy Trail

Sharky’s Ride the Beaches, 26 April

Sharky's Ride the Beaches 2015FLT is proud to support Sharky’s Ride the Beaches.  With over 1,000 riders, this is one of the area’s premier cycling events, with options to ride a 15, 35 and 70 mile fully supported course.  Sharky’s on the Pier is a very popular waterfront restaurant in Venice, FL.  The Ride the Beaches event supports severable charitable causes, including the Friends of the Legacy Trail.  You can register on line at by clicking here,