RED Episode #33: Freedom 5K and Gather in Cape Coral


It's 4th of July! Happy Independence Day to the United States of America!  We ran the Freedom 5K sponsored by the Cape Coral Chamber of Commerce in our hometown to celebrate.  It was the first time we ever ran this 5K.  Be prepared for hills if you run this one!  You traverse the Cape Coral Bridge twice and part of an overpass in Fort Myers.  But it is a great view and watching the sunrise over the water while running to celebrate July 4th is an aamzing way to start the day.  Just a pro tip:  Try to do packet pickup prior to race day as lines the morning of the race can be a bit long.  Parking is also at a premium, so we recommend getting there as early as possible.  We tried to get there an hour before the race in order to find parking (about a half mile away from the start) and pick up bibs.



We went to a newer restaurant in Cape Coral to have some post-race brunch. Gather is nestled in Tarpon Point at the Westin Resort in Cape Coral.  The view of the water as you eat and drink here is beautiful.  We had a pancake and corned beef and hash.  It was mouthwatering goodness all the way to the last bite!



Gather always has local beer on tap. Scotty's Bierwerks is right in Cape Coral.  They make a Hefe that is light, not hoppy and not overly carbonated.  With a low ABV and subtle flavors of coriander and orange, it was a perfect post-run beer.



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