Skyway Marina District Holds Third Annual May Day Race with Free Registration for Maximo Elementary Students

The Skyway Marina District will host its third annual May Day Race and Kids Dash for Cash on Saturday, May 6. The races will start and end at Ceridian, the main sponsor, and will showcase the beautiful Skyway Marina District via competitive and fun run/walks. Ceridian is located at 3201 34th Street South, St. Petersburg. Last year, proceeds from the race were donated to schools surrounding the district and district improvement projects.

This year, students from Maximo Elementary and their families will have the opportunity to participate in the race at low or no cost compliments of a sponsorship from Jeff Joyner and Associates Realtors. Students enrolled in 21st Century Learning Center’s iClass program will be provided training through their fitness program facilitated by Jump For Kids. 21st Century is an after-school program that provides extended learning opportunities in four Pinellas County Schools elementary schools. Debra Canning, coordinator of the program believes that events that bring the community, students and their families together are invaluable to the growth and success of her students.

The May Day Race event features a 5k, 10k and Kids Dash for Cash (distances range on age and ability up to 1 mile). Every participant will receive a race T-shirt and a beautiful finisher’s medal. Participants in the 5 and 10k can also compete for awards. Runners in the Kids Dash will have the opportunity to enter the cash grab machine for a chance to grab up to $100! There will be food, vendors and activities for the kids. Visit to register for the race and show your support.

Not interested in running or walking, but willing to help out with the event? We love volunteers and sponsors! Volunteers can register at or contact us at

This will be a fantastic event, so let’s tell everyone about it! Help us spread the word via Facebook (“May Day Race”), by telling a friend, or by bringing your whole family!

Join the community in showing your support for the Skyway Marina District! Find out more about this association at

You won’t want to miss this fantastic event! Let’s start the summer off with some fun. See you on May 6 at Ceridian!


Skyway Marina District May Day Races are Coming Soon! 

From the biggest of hearts to the smallest of bodies, May Day Racers of all ages, shapes and sizes will take to the trail near Ceridian on May 6, 2017.  This is truly a local event run by volunteers with something for everyone including competitive timing, technical shirts, post-race fun, and great medals and prizes all while showcasing our beautiful community.

If you are not up to participating as a runner/walker, the race needs volunteers for a variety of fun assignments. Please register on (May Day Race) or contact race organizers at  if you can volunteer.  All volunteers will get a race shirt, and be able to participate in post race events.

The popular Kids Dash for Cash will also be back and will feature fun kids’ activities such as make-and-take race bibs, an inflatable, treats and a chance to win cash! Kids who participate in the Kids Dash will receive goody bags, a t-shirt, and plenty of pride. Entry is free with an adult race entry, but all must pre-register to be guaranteed an entry. Dash distances will vary based on age up to a 1-mile run around Ceridian.

Last year, this race contributed $1,000 to 5 schools ($5,000 total) near the Skyway Marina District via the Pinellas Education Foundation as well as giving back to the District to support improvement projects.  We hope to continue growing this event and to give even more money back to support our kids and our community this year.  This race is possible through wonderful local sponsors; many of them within the Skyway Marina District including Ceridian the title sponsor and host of our race. To register as a race participant or to volunteer, please visit or for more information visit the Skyway Marina District Facebook page.

Fitness: Get Fit in Pinellas County

Wake up and walk! Or garden, do a downward dog, dance, yoga, hula hoop or bike. Whether you wear a FitBit or just want to get fit, we’ve got 101 unique ideas for exercising in Paradise. While everyone else is shoveling snow, these fitness ideas go beyond the gym for those of us lucky enough to live (and love) the Gulf Coast.

Run Rabbit Run: Jog the Pinellas Trail or Boca Ciega Millenium park or go large and sign up to walk or run these local winter races. You can also find fellow running and cycling enthusiasts and find out when the next Tampa Bay Beer Run happens at

Feb. 25-26: Gasparilla Distance Classic

Get Fit With Friends: Check out the new Bike Share downtown and take a two-wheel tour of St. Pete. Want to meet some people who like playing your favorite sports? Check out the South Pasadena pick-up soccer games on South Shore Dr. South, South Pasadena Pick Up Soccer Games, and check out Athletic Singles and other fitness meet-ups on the web and Facebook. Rugby Rats can work out and play with Pelican Rugby,

Mother Nature Is Calling: Lucky for us, we have some of the best bike paths, parcours and outdoor fitness equipment and county and city parks and beaches such as Ft. deSoto. You can take guided nature walks at Weedon Island and Brooker Creek and walking tours with St. Petersburg Preservation and Florida Craft Art.

Water Wonderful: There are so many paddle and kayak meet-ups as well as individual and group lessons, many of them led by local surf and watersport shops along gulf beaches. Pinellas County has miles of beautiful shoreline, providing paddlers with a variety of opportunities and experiences as they explore the coastline and the rich array of marine and estuarine ecosystems that make up Pinellas County’s waters.

Cycle Mania: Check out the many rides for all levels! There’s a casual ride on Pinellas Trail, 14-15 mph, Wednesdays at 5:30 p.m. Helmet needed. No ride on third Wednesday of the month. Leaves from Pinellas Trail/Dunedin, one block north of Main Street at parking lot adjacent to Trail. Call 727-441-2444 for more information.

Dance Classes: If you want to gain confidence and make new friends, the Fred Astaire Dance Studio can help you sort out your two left feet.  They offer ballroom and social dancing privately and in group classes (; 727-347-7700). At Hip Expressions (, you can take belly dancing and reggae aerobics.

More of a classic dancer? Check out the Tea Dances at the Coliseum and Swingtime at the Gulfport Casino. On Wednesdays 6:30-9 pm, meet up with the Suncoast Dixieland Jazz Band at Treasure Island’s Bilmar Beach Resort. Call 727-360-5531​

 Unexpected Local Gyms: Drop in for an hour or a day at the Suntan Art Center’s wellness classes, Madeira Beach or St. Pete Beach’s fitness centers and Southwest Rec Center. Explore what the YMCA has to offer as well as take advantage of local pools (St. Pete Beach, North Shore Aquatic Center) and if you’re a vintage fitness buff, the Silver Sneakers programs around town. You can also take a drop-in yoga class at Kripalu Yoga with Jeannie Salvo (

Personal Trainers: Smith Built Fitness (727-345-5000) and Adam Hoffman Fitness (727-???-????) can help you assess your fitness profile and plan a personalized program.


  • Beach Yoga Pinellas: Tuesdays 7 – 8:15 pm. Treasure Island Community Center Garden Rm. Thursdays 7 – 8:15 pm City Hall Auditorium. Year round resident discount packages. 727.222.6476
  • Don Vista Arts CenterCelebrating 50+ Years. Yoga, Chi Gong. 3300 Pass-A-Grille Way, St. Pete Beach  727.367.3818
  • Drum Circle: Empowering and healing. 4th Friday on Gulfport Beach westside near the Rec. Center.Winter 7 pm / Summer 7:30 pm. Dena Lebowitz. 727.289.3380
  • Hoop Dancing: Story telling dance with 1 to 30 hoops. Yoga Village – Sunken Gardens, 1825 4th St. N, St. Petersburg Contact: Abby 813.777.7720
  • Inspire Yoga at the Dali: Practice vinyasa/ashtanga poses. Sundays at The Dali, One Dali Blvd., 727.823.3767
  • Madeira Beach Recreation Center: Yoga Essentials, Vinyasa, Flow, Tai Chi, Hoola Dance, 200 Rex Place, Madeira Beach 727.392.0665
  • Sunken Gardens/Meditation in the Gardens: Every Wednesday, 12:30 pm.  Daily yoga Daily Yoga with Yoga Village classes. Sunken Gardens, 1825 4th St. N, St. Petersburg, 727.551.3102
  • Nava Yoga Studio, 5901 Sun Blvd. W, Suite 120, St. Petersburg 727.592.1999
  • Perfect Circle Yoga & FitnessBikram Yoga, Hot Yoga, Boot Camp, Pilates, Personal Training. 595 Corey Ave., St. Pete Beach 727.504.2327
  • Sacred Lands: Sunday tours, meditations, special events. Wednesdays Movement for Wellness. 1700 Park St. N, St. Petersburg. 727.347.0354
  • Sound Meditations: Thursdays at 11 am. Scout Hall, 5315 28th Ave. S, Gulfport. 727.893.5657.
  • St. Petersburg Yoga 2842 MLK St. N, St. Petersburg 727.894.9642 Tues, 6:15 pm, Sunset Beach, 10400 Gulf Blvd., Treasure Island; Wed., Sunrise 7 am at Straub Park, 255 Beach Dr. NE, St. Petersburg
  • St. Pete Beach Yoga: Daily 10 am and one hour before sunset. St. Peter Beach near Beach Plaza and 67th Ave. 727.686.0123 Yoga Alliance Certified
  • Tampa Museum of Art: Monday meditation120 W. Gasparilla Plaza, Tampa813.259.1720
  • The Longhouse
: All levels of skill and techniques2309 49th Street S, Gulfport 727.322.5766
  • Tree of Life YogaFour studios. Addiction Recovery, Prenatal, Cancer Survivor Yoga. 6800 Gulf Blvd., South Pasadena Shopping Ctr., 727.514.3057
  • Yoga – Jeanne Salvo, RYT 500 Yoga Style: Kripalu, Pass-A-Grille Beach Comm Church, 107 16th Ave., St. Pete Beach. Phone/Text  727.224.7631
  • YOGA FOR A CAUSE! Get healthy and support Florida West Ballet, a Not-for-profit Pre-Professional Performing Arts Company! Yoga Around Town is offering yoga classes at Florida West Ballet’s studio: 616 4th Street N., St. Petersburg Bring your mat, towel & $10 donation per   or

Wellness Services: Get healthy naturally at Ancient Healing Acupuncture and Herbs Clinic 727-384-4826), lose weight safely with WeightSmartMD (727-343-9100), get a mobile massage with Libby (727-204-8602), and relax the mind and renew your body at Lemon Tree Spa (727-363-0772).

 Perhaps one of our favorite finds is downtown St. Pete’s Harmony EcoSpa (400 4th Street North @The Hollander Hotel, downtown St. Pete; 727-822-8701), where you can get the ultimate holistic pampering including aromatherapy, massage, reiki, ear candling, bamboo fusion, BEMER treatments and more

  • Ear Candling:  There are many benefits of ear candling. It has helped people with sinus congestion, colds, ear aches and infections, candida, headaches, lymphatic congestion, sore throats, mucus, sinus infections, balance and equilibrium. It is safe, simple and natural. It is a soothing experience that reduces stress and tension and also sharpens mental functions.
  • BEMER: BEMER technology is a biophysical application to optimize the body’s own natural vitality and wellbeing utilizing “Information Medicine.” By means of sending a unique signal to the body (our animals as well), BEMER stimulates the rhythmic pumping action of our bodies’ tiniest blood vessels – the microvessels. Distribution of the very essences of life is improved with its use. The benefits of BEMER technology is the support of the body’s own healing and maintaining abilities; they reach the entire body and can be experienced by everyone with no known negative side-effects, with exception to anyone on immune suppressant drugs/treatment.
  • Reiki: Reiki is a safe, gentle, non-invasive form of hands-on healing. Recipients report their experience of Reiki includes increased energy, reduction of pain, deep relaxation and a general feeling of well being. Reiki initiation attunes a practitioner to become a channel for the Reiki energy and is a powerful, life-changing experience for physical, mental and spiritual growth.
  • Core Health/Heart Forgiveness Sessions with Jennifer Andrews: Can help dissolve anger and resentment and help your life energy flow with ease, brining more peace and joy into your life and releasing healthy hormones.

–Article by Nanette Wiser

A Bit About Acro Yoga & Our St. Pete Community…

Acro yoga combines acrobatics, yoga and healing arts. A flyer and base work together to build and combine poses or to use the assistance of gravity for stretching and massage. It elevates communication and trust between people through connection, movement and play. It requires total engagement and awareness thus strengthening the body while increasing flexibility and focus.
A group gets together weekly in St. Pete for jams, acro yoga speak for unstructured playtime on Thursdays and Sundays.
Newcomers and beginners are welcome to come watch and learn (details below). Structured classes and workshops are often held in the area and are posted in the group’s Facebook pages (links below).
Ready to fly? Join a local jam, workshop or class.
Thursdays – Green Bench Brewing 5 – 7 pm.
Sundays – Northshore Park (behind the tennis courts near restrooms) 3-5 pm.

Fitness Inspiration: Runner Jackie Yost

Still running at 88, Jackie Yost is a local legend.

Sports, fitness and athletic competition have defined Yost’s life since childhood. With a degree in physical education from University of North Carolina, Yost has worked as a recreation director, athletic director, and coach for swimming, baseball, tennis, softball, basketball and other sports. In addition, she taught health, science and physical education.

In 1952 Jackie married Larry, a college swimmer at NC State. Sixty five years later, Jackie – age 88 and Larry – age 86 are still athletes and avid competitors. Their love of and dedication to fitness has been passed on to their three children – all of whom are also dedicated athletes. Sunset Beach, Treasure Island residents for over 20 years, the Yost clan is truly an athletic family – participating in triathlons, marathons, running events, cycling, swimming, golf, and tennis.

Jackie’s awards and accomplishments are nothing short of incredible. She has been consistently ranked first or second in her age group by USA Triathlon. She has represented Team USA at the World Championships. She has won her age group at the DisneyWorld Half Marathon, the Gasparilla 15K, St. Anthony’s Olympic Distance Triathlon, and the DisneyWorld Minnie Marathon 15K to name but a few.

 At the age of 78, Jackie was second at the Ironman 70.3 World Championship. She was a USA TRIATHLON Age Group ALL AMERICAN ten times.

At the age of 88, Jackie’s training regimen is extraordinary. Each day she trains in one or more disciplines (swimming, cycling, running). She does track workouts and speed work, open water and pool swims.

Multiple times a week she throws in a round of golf just to rest and relax.  She has the distinction of having scored two holes in one!

Athletics continues to be a family endeavor for Jackie. She and husband Larry and daughter Joy competed as a relay team in the Half Ironman in New Orleans, while daughter Cindy did the full race.

Each year Jackie, daughter Joy and son-in-law Steve (Joy’s husband) compete as a relay team for the Olympic Distance St. Anthony’s Triathlon, while husband Larry does the full event and son Steve and his wife Debbie form a relay team. With a combined age of 174 years, Jackie and Larry Yost are the oldest married couple actively competing in triathlons.

Jackie is a true inspiration. Her positive impacts on the lives she has touched and the sport of triathlon that she loves are immeasurable.

Health & Wellness: Mind/Body Awareness

Remember to breathe. Sometimes, we’re so distracted by technology we forget that we have a body. Is it hungry? Is it tired? Is it sad? If you go off autopilot and become more aware of your senses and feelings, you’ll be able to make better choices and reduce your stress.

Here’s ten tips for getting back in touch with ALL of you, plus a guide to our favorite venues for tuning up your mind/body connection.

Learn More: Discover the wisdom of Deepak Chopra, Dr. Michael Mantell and Dr. Gerald Epstein who offer exercises for mindful meditation and stress reducing tips for daily living.

Explore Nature: Hug a tree, take a walk and look up in the sky. Notice your surroundings and feel your stress melt away. Check out author Richard Louv’s Vitamin N for more on this topic.

Scan Your Body IQ:  Lay down, close your eyes and zero in on the sensations you feel and how they shift from your feet to your head. Warm, cold, tense? Explore where you store these emotions in your body. Get up from the computer, take a deep breath and notice where the tension pools (brow, jaw, shoulder, tummy) and allow the tense places to soften as you breathe and stretch.

How Does Happy Feel? The next time you feel good, pay attention to where this emotion is physically. Is it a smile on your face or a warmth in your chest? Savor the happy and learn what images or experiences trigger it (hug a puppy,  listen to jazz) and replicate often.

Work On Your EQ:  You have an IQ, and then you have an Emotional Quotient (EQ) that gives you clues to how you are feeling. Learning to manage your EQ helps in life and work.

Enjoy The Little Things: Pay attention when you do mundane tasks and add joy to these routine activities. If you are taking a shower, enjoy the smell of eucalyptus shampoo. If you are washing dishes, does the warm water soothe?

Embrace Your Heart & Center: Hug yourself and put your hand on your heart, taken a moment for gratitude. Feel your center core for strength and grounding by putting a hand on your belly and take a few deep breaths.

Laugh & Smile: Reduce stress and increase short-term memory, improve heart health by laughing out loud and smiling. There’s even laughing yoga classes to help you relax and rejuvenate.

Make Gratitude Contagious: Doing good makes you feel good. Altruism helps the community and helps your self-esteem. Mindful meditation can do the same. Expand your positive intentions to all people everywhere.  You might say, “May all people feel safe, be strong, be happy.”

Move Your Body: Change your posture, open your chest, do a downward dog or sun salutation until you become more present.

WHERE TO GO: From yoga to meditation, here are some of our favorite venues to help you get in touch with your body (and inner self) and improve your overall fitness and well-being.

With Your Pet: Check with local pet shops, SPCA and the Humane Society for Yoga with your Dog-A classes that pop up periodically. For me, I like to meditate to the sound of my cat Simon’s purring.


  • Are you yoga curious? Check out Madeira Beach Yoga where you can experience yoga in the studio, on the patio or on the white sandy beach of Archibald Park.  Their experienced instructors began to explore yoga for their own personal and varied reasons, which helped prepare them to make you feel even more welcome and successful in your practice. Whether you are a beginner or an experienced yogi, they can help you find your place on the mat. 727-401-7380
  • Beach Yoga Pinellas offers yoga classes on local beaches, including the serene Paddle Yoga on the water. The gentle rolling waves build core strength while working the muscles that stabilize you on the paddle board. Class will begin with a brief introduction to stand up paddleboards, including paddling & balancing techniques.
  • Madeira Beach Recreation Center:  Yoga Essentials, Finyasa Flow, Tai Chi and Hoola Dance
  • Tierra Verde’s Nava Yoga Studio offers a variety of Gentle Yoga,Vinyasa Flow, Hot Yoga, Power, Hatha, Ashtanga Yoga



  • Perhaps one of the most unique, Acro Yoga combines acrobatics, yoga, and healing arts. A flyer and base work together to build and combine poses or to use the assistance of gravity for stretching and massage. It elevates communication and trust between people through connection, movement and play. It requires total engagement  awareness thus strengthening the body while increasing flexibility and focus. Newcomers and beginners are welcome to come watch and learn. Structured classes and workshops are often held in the area including Thursdays at Green Bench Brewing 5 – 7 pm and Sundays at Northshore Park (behind the tennis courts near restrooms) 3 – 5 pm


  • The Body Electric Yoga: Offers unique classes including Candlelight Yin Yoga, a profound practice of presence which quiets the outer world, calms our nerves, and re-connects with the deep wisdom and patience within. Physically, this practice targets deeper connective tissues, especially around the hips, pelvis and lower spine.  You’ll identify areas of blocked energy, release suppressed emotions, and watch internal conflicts melt away. Located at3015 Seventh Street North.  PN

By Nanette Wiser

Fitness: St. Pete Beach Classic Weekend

The St. Pete Beach Classic on January 13, 14, 15, 2017  (MLK Weekend) was a huge success, with beautiful weather and a huge turnout. Check back here for the results!

Attendees consist of local residents, beach visitors and tourists in addition to the athletes and their families who have come to our beach side community for the weekend’s events.

While serving as the location for athlete race packet pick up and late registration, expo attendees are treated to a wide array of vendors, health care professionals and service providers. Great deals can be found on health and fitness related products and gear as well as information concerning life-improving services. Attendees will be able to gain valuable information regarding their personal health, new products and treatments that are available to maintain good health as well as register and pick up their race packet and t-shirt if they are participating – and it’s all FREE!!

Sirata Beach Resort & Conference Center 5300 Gulf Blvd, St. Pete Beach, FL 33706

Friday, January 13, 2017  

  • 11 am Expo & Expo Registration/Packet Pick-up Opens
  • 7 pm Expo/Registration Closes

Saturday, January 14, 2017 

  • 6:00 am Packet Pickup/Race Day Registration Opens
  • 7:00 am Classic 10K Start
  • 8:45 am Synovus Kids’ Classic
  •  9:00 am Classic 5K Start
  • 10:30 am Expo Opens
  • 10:30 am Awards/Post-race Party
  • 5:00 pm Expo Closes
  • 5:00 pm Packet Pickup/Late Registration Closes
  •  5:00 pm Classic Beach Fun Run Start
  • 6:00 pm Concert & Party at Rum Runners
  • 7:00 pm Beach Bonfire behind Rum Runners

Sunday, January 15, 2017

  • 7:00 am Maddie Zolfo Half-Marathon Start
  • 8:30 am Post-race Party
  • 10:00 am Maddie Zolfo Half-Marathon course Closes
  • 10:00 am Awards

One of the primary reasons for the success of the St. Pete Beach Classic race is the incredible support the race gets from locals, some of whom just tolerate the race, but many others volunteer to get involved as corner captains and helping in numerous other ways.

Volunteer benefits & requirements

  • Free long sleeve volunteer T-shirt.
  • Access to the post-race party.
  • Great volunteer party the weekend after the race.
  • Must be 15 years or older or (volunteers under 15 must be accompanied by an adult).
  • Volunteer hours credit for anyone who asks for documentation.

Visit the website to Volunteer

Join Pickleball on Madeira Beach

First Pickleball Meet Up of the year as part of the City’s Senior Activies kickoff. Meet at the Madeira Beach Courts located between City Hall and the Recreation Center on Rex Place every Friday morning at 8:00 a.m. No membership or fees required. Paddles and balls available for use at the Recreation Center front deask at no charge. Questions? Call the recreation center at (727) 392-0665.

St. Pete Beach Classic Needs Volunteers

Each year, the St. Pete Beach Classic grows in popularity for runners, their families, our local businesses, and for the over 400 volunteers who make it happen. The Classic weekend is one of our community’s premier annual events. Did you know that the race contributed an estimated $840,650.00 to our local economy last year? As a board member, and a volunteer, I’m proud of the work we do to provide a world class running event and to give back to our community and local charities. Now we need your help more than ever, volunteering is fun and easy.

Race weekend is January 13, 14 and 15, 2017. Please join us this year as a Course Marshal. Course Marshals are assigned to intersections on race routes to help guide cars safely away from runners and to show our runners community support. We start around 8:00 Saturday and Sunday mornings and our job is done well before noon. As a volunteer, you’re  invited to attend a volunteers’ appreciation dinner and are eligible to win a variety of prizes. We also have a huge beach bonfire party with live music Saturday evening behind the Sirata Resort.
Please, go to and sign up for Course Marshals North and the course marshal coordinator will be in touch. Or, call Michael Lehman at 727.492.4452 for more information.

Cover Story: Building Confidence for 70 Years!

pn-cover-oct-2016Even before there was “Dancing with the Stars” and “So you think you can dance”, dance was a hot topic in American Culture. Ballroom dancing has existed since the 16th Century, but really never arrived in America until the 20th Century.  In 1917 Fred and Adele Astaire began dazzling audiences with their dancing routine.

The duo was cast in “Lady be Good” and  “Funny Face”, both critically acclaimed. By the 1930’s Fred Astaire was paired with Ginger Rogers, and the duo danced their way through 10 most famous Hollywood musicals of all times. Mr. Astaire wanted to establish a chain of dance studios under his name, and in 1947 a great dance heritage began when Mr. Fred co-founded our company. 

fred-astaire-dance-studioToday, numerous Fred Astaire Franchised Dance Studios located through North America, are required to maintain the highest standards of excellence, and we are proud to be one of them!

Conveniently located in St Petersburg, Florida, we provide the community with highly trained, certified dance instructors and the finest establishment that offer a comfortable environment for learning.

Dancing isn’t just about the steps and the music. It’s a perfect combination of physical activity, social interaction & mental stimulation. Anybody can learn to dance! Our easy 3-way system of teaching ensures thorough learning process, all while keeping it fun!  Whether you are a single person looking for a fun hobby or a couple that wants to rekindle the romance, we are the dance studio for you!

Ballroom Dancing benefits the Mind, Body & Spirit! It improves your health and fitness, reduces stress,  enhances memory, increases self-confidence and a sense of well-being!

You can learn dancing today, No experience or Partner needed!


Fred Astaire | Franchised Dance Studio | 7019 Central Ave., St. Petersburg, Fl |