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Cape Coral Residents Win 5K Race and SpeedZone Challenge at 2018 Tour de Cape

Feb 01, 2018 08:46AM ● By Kevin
The Tour De Cape has commenced successfully in 2018. This was the 27th year the event took place. It occurred on Friday, Jan. 19 through Sunday, Jan. 21, with reported 65-degree weather in the morning, increasing throughout the event to about 80, with scattered clouds and light wind.

The weekend began with a kick-off celebration on Friday, where participants picked up packets, maps, and t-shirts. The new Fathoms Restaurant & Bar hosted a registration special, as well, giving registered riders and racers 10 percent off their bill.  The French Press offered riders and racers two scoops of gelato for the price of one.

The 5K run/walk, which took place on Saturday, was designed for advanced and novice runners. A continental breakfast was available for participants. That competition was followed by a 3-mile kids ride. Children participated received a t-shirt and a hot dog lunch. The course was designed to be safe and flat and well supported by the Cape Coral Police Department.

Cape Coral's own Gregory Adman, 39, was the top overall finisher in the 5K run, clocking in at 19:08. Fort Myers' Manuela Lyons, 45, was the top female finisher, clocking in at 20:26.

Sunday’s bike tours offered varied routes from 15, 30, 62, and 100 mile courses in the west and north sections of Cape Coral. The event provided a continental breakfast, lunch, on route rest stations with snacks and beverages, SAG vehicles, police support, and route maps. Fathoms catered the lunch.

The tour rides are not races, so there are no prizes given to the fastest overall bikers, but there was a new SpeedZone challenge, which timed racers' final mile, All participants who opted to be timed were eligible for a prize drawing at the conclusion of the tour. 

The top finisher in the SpeedZone portion of the ride was also from Cape Coral. Lee Waller, 33, registering a 2:19 final mile.

"It is not a true competition but rather a community event open to many ages and skills," said Betty Jo Ferguson, who participated in the ride for her fourth year in a row. This was the first year she ran the 5K. "I think it was very well organized and run this year and they even included some new timing features for those that do have that competitive spirit."

All photos courtesy of Linwood Ferguson, Captive Photos. For the full gallery, click here.

2018 Tour de Cape 5K Run (up to 51 minutes finishers)

2018 Tour de Cape 5K Run (past 51 minutes finishers)