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CFF announces upcoming Great Strides walk events

Five Great Strides walks are scheduled to take place in April and May around the greaterGreat Strides Team Sheppards Jacksonville area. The walks are fundraising events for the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation (CFF), which has a goal of raising $305,000.

The walks will take place in Clay County, Atlantic Beach, St. Augustine, downtown Jacksonville, and Fernandina Beach. Last year’s walks raised from than $268,000.

The 2010 schedule for the Great Strides walks is:

  • 9 a.m. Saturday, April 24— Clay County Great Strides will take place at Orange Park Kennel Club, 455 Park Ave., Orange Park. Lunch is donated by Olive Garden.
  • 9 a.m. Saturday, May 1 — Hanna Park Great Strides at Hanna Park, 500 Wonderwood Drive, Atlantic Beach. Outback Steakhouse grills lunch on site.
  • 9 a.m. Saturday, May 1 — St. Augustine Great Strides at World Golf Village, One World Golf Place, St. Augustine. Lunch will be provided.
  • 6 p.m. Thursday, May 13 — Riverwalk Great Strides at the Crowne Plaza Hotel, 1201 Riverplace Blvd., Jacksonville. Hors d’oeuvres provided by Crowne Plaza.
  • 9 a.m. Saturday, May 15 — Fernandina Great Strides at Fort Clinch State Park, 2601 Atlantic Ave., Fernandina Beach. Lunch will be provided.

Check-in for the Saturday Great Strides walks begins at 8 a.m. and the walks are 10K or 6.2 miles. The routes are suitable for walking, running. Participants can push strollers, pull wagons, ride bicycles, scooters, or bring a four-legged friends.

Check-in for Riverwalk Great Strides starts at 5 p.m., with a shorter course adjacent to the St. Johns River on the Southbank Riverwalk. Immediately following Riverwalk Great Strides, participants are invited to linger poolside and enjoy live music.

Participants can register for Great Strides by going to the Great Strides website, Once the team leader has registered online, walkers can sign up and utilize the online fundraising tools provided. Everyone who raises at least $100 receives an official Team T-shirt.

For more information about forming a team, walking or sponsorship, contact the North Florida Cystic Fibrosis Foundation at (904) 733-3560.

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