Category Archives: Past Events

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,

Tour de Parks Cycling Event, 22 March 2015

Come ride the Tour de Parks 2015 on 22 March, 2015

Here’s a great early spring 2015 cycling opportunity that also supports a great cause – ride the sixth annual Tour de Parks 2015 on Sunday, 22 March. We hope to exceed last year’s record 635 riders who pedaled 15, 37, or 62 mile routes along The Legacy Trail and through many Sarasota County Parks. It’s a ride, not a race, so pick one of the distance and start training! All three routes begin and end at the historic Venice Train Deport in Venice, FL. The $40 registration fee includes a T-shirt, breakfast, lunch, rest stops stocked with snacks, beverage, rest rooms, and SAG support.  All proceeds support The Legacy Trail extension/enhancements efforts. For more details and a printable registration, see the Tour de Parks Tab on the Left. You can also register on-line at