Sat January 22, 2022 Directions

5K Run/Walk

8:00AM EST
Calusa Nature Center & Planetarium

If you have participated in this race before, you know what a great time you have running this unique course while helping the school children of Lee County. The course includes cypress wetlands, pine flatwoods, and a restoration area. Wildflowers and low-growing plants such as purple aster grow along the paths.

The Kiwanis BUG Chase 5K Run is a race to benefit the Bring up Grades programs in local Lee County elementary schools and other Fort Myers Metro-McGregor Kiwanis club sponsored children’s projects. Kiwanis Bring up Grades, or ‘BUG’, is a program designed to provide recognition to students who raise their grades to an acceptable range and maintain or continue to raise them from one grading period to the next. Schools currently supported by the club’s BUG program are Littleton Elementary, Rayma C. Page Elementary and Orangewood Elementary.

The Fort Myers Metro-McGregor Kiwanis Club also supports the following sponsored leadership programs: Aktion Club at LARC, Key Club at FSW Collegiate High, Builders Club at Cypress Lake Middle and K-Kids at Littleton Elementary. The club built multi-sensory rooms at Tropic Isles Elementary, NFM Academy for the Arts, Heights Elementary and Rayma C. Page Elementary. We supply a world atlas to either every fourth or third grade student at the following schools: Rayma C. Page Elementary, Heights Elementary, Orangewood Elementary and Littleton Elementary. The club built and supports a reading oasis and reading mentoring program at Orangewood Elementary.

The Fort Myers Metro-McGregor Kiwanis club also supports many other organizations including the SWFL MS Support Group, Pine Manor Improvement Assn., March of Dimes, The Salvation Army, Ronald McDonald House, Johns Hopkins All Children’s Outpatient Care, Early Learning Coalition of SWFL, Children’s Advocacy Center, Children's Network of SWFL, Healthy Start SWFL, United Way,Lee, Hendry & Glades and more!

To learn more about our projects, please visit our website ( or Facebook page. 

We are happy to offer both adult AND youth registration options for our race. 

Thank you for supporting the race and in-turn our projects in the community! 

packet pick-up
January 15, 2022
United Way
7273 Concourse Dr, Fort Myers, FL 33908
January 16, 2022
Mills-Price & Associates
12444 Brantley Commons Ct., Fort Myers, FL 33907
January 22, 2022
Starting 7:00am
Calusa Nature Center & Planetarium
3450 Ortiz Ave, Fort Myers, FL 33905
Printable Mail-In Application

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What you will receive

The first 200 runners will receive a yellow short sleeve T-shirt in a performance material.

To ensure your sizing, please register by 12/10/2021. 

The first 100 registered youth runners will also receive a fun participant medal to celebrate your participation. 

Overall Awards (Gun Time):
M&F Overall
M&F Masters 40 & over
M&F Grandmasters 50 & over
M&F Senior Grandmasters 60 & over
Age Group Awards (Chip Time):1st-3rd place male and female
9-under, 10-12, 13-15, 16-19
20-24, 25-29, 30-34, 35-39
40-44, 45-49, 50-54, 55-59
60-64, 65-69, 70-74, 75 & over
Become a sponsor

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Race Contact Info

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Please share your BUG Chase 5K experience with other participants.  After participant results are uploaded, participants may return to their results page, upload and tag their photos. You can also tag and share your race photos on Instagram #BUGchase.

Race Website

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Course Map

This event will be timed with the ChronoTrack Bib Tag Technology by the Fort Myers Track  Club. Your Timing Strip is attached to your race number.  Do not remove this tag, fold or wrinkle your race number. Do not cover your race number (Tag) with a jacket.  Simply pin all four corners to the front of your running shirt.

strictly prohibited

Unregistered participants, unauthorized vehicles, bicycles, roller blades, skates, skateboards, strollers and pets are strictly prohibited.  Baby joggers are allowed but participants must start and remain at the back of the runners/walkers, thereby not interfering (passing, swerving between) with the other participants.

Heat Warning

Temperatures/humidity can be high in South Florida. Participants should drink plenty of fluid (non-alcoholic) for 48 hours prior to, during and upon finishing the race. Beware of heat-injury symptoms (dizziness, no sweating, nausea, cramps, redness, incoherent speech and thoughts). Seek immediate assistance if symptoms occur. Wear loose, light-colored clothing.


Calusa Nature Center & Planetarium


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