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“I ride my bicycle nearly every day. My favorite place is Carlton Reserve and the adjacent lands at the east end of Border Road. There are more than 50,000 acres of open space and more than 100 miles of natural surface roads and trails. I’m often there helping maintain the biking and hiking trails that Sarasota County Off Road Riders (SCORR), in partnership with Sarasota County, built over the past five years.” —Steve Christian, retiree and community volunteer

“Each weekday morning, I work out at the Venice Golf and River Club fitness center, followed by a few laps in the pool or a few minutes in the spa. On Saturday mornings, I try to get in a six- to nine-mile run, and I play a round of golf on Sunday. Since moving here more than five years ago, I haven’t had to suspend any outside exercise.” ―Edward J. Lavallee, City of Venice City Manager

“There is no better place I can think of to stay fit. Venice has year-round warm weather, trails for running and biking, the beach for swimming, and loads of kayaking options. The first thing I did when I moved here was get kayaks and a road bike. My secret is to surround myself with like-minded people who motivate me and keep my workouts diverse.” ―Erin Silk, Venice MainStreet CEO

“I learned to appreciate the options Venice has when training for my first triathlon. Legacy Trail is great for bicycle riding, walking or jogging. At the Venice YMCA I do laps in the pool, and I’ve also worked with a personal trainer. I’m an avid boater, and I love to shoot sporting clays, skeet and trap.” —Stephen L. Lingley, Premier Sotheby’s International Realty Realtor, Venice Sertoma Club president elect

“At 78, I still have the drive to stay fit. Three times a week I play senior slow-pitch softball. At least three times a week I either bicycle or ride my stationary bike for five to 10 miles. On Saturday mornings I walk 2 ½ miles along the Venetian Waterway Park. I wrap up each day by walking my dog for about a quarter of a mile.” —Monty Andrews, retiree and community volunteer

“I start my day at 4:15 a.m. with a walk to the beach before heading to the dojo to do martial arts from 6 to 7 a.m. After a healthy breakfast of eggs or salad, from 8 to 10 a.m., more martial arts. At 10 a.m. I do Tai Chi. I go home for lunch and return at 5:30 p.m. for more martial arts. Venice is the best for exercising, from bike riding and hiking to disc golf.” —Buck Buckmaster,Revolutionary Martial Arts owner

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