Set for Saturday, June 27, the inaugural Blast On The Bay Fun Run In Sarasota, Fla., currently has 51 boats registered. Proceeds from the event will go to Suncoast Charities For Children, the longtime beneficiary of the weeklong annual Sarasota Powerboat Grand Prix Festival. The festival and its weekend finale offshore races were cancelled this year as a result of COVID-19 pandemic concerns.
Registration is still open for Blast On The Bay—and volunteers are still needed. Photo by Pete Boden copyright Shoot 2 Thrill Pix/speedonthewater.com.
Though early registration is encouraged, participants can sign up as late as the morning of the run. The event organizers are still seeking a few volunteers—from 11:30 a.m. to 3 p.m.—to staff its Caddy’s Bradenton, Old Salty Dag, Bridge Tender Inn and Dockside Bar and Boatyard Waterfront Bar stops during the fun. Volunteers can sign up by clicking here and must attend a mandatory orientation meeting in the Hyatt Regency Ballroom on Tuesday, June 23 at 5:30 p.m.
“Volunteers are the key to a successful event no matter how big or how small that event may be,” said Lucy Nicandri, the executive director of Suncoast Charities for Children and the lead organizer for the Blast On The Bay Fun Run. “They are absolutely key to all our special event fundraisers here at Suncoast Charities for Children. Donating their time has such a positive impact on over 5,000 local children, teens, and adults with special needs we support.”