2018 Hands Across the Harbor – Half Marathon Bridge Run, Ride, and Roll – 10th Annual!

In 2009, the Charlotte Harbor Community  Redevelopment Agency (CRA) and the Punta Gorda CRA partnered with local businesses to create an event that would bring Port Charlotte and Punta Gorda together while encouraging residents to get outside and enjoy the natural beauty that Charlotte County offers—specifically, the Charlotte Harbor National Estuary that both communities share. The goal is to bring together local and regional residents, tourists, and businesses that care about a healthy lifestyle and planet while enjoying the beautiful vistas of Charlotte Harbor.  The event offers several choices so everyone can participate no matter your fitness level.  

Each year the event improves with new activities and partnerships.  In 2011, Hands Across the Harbor formed a partnership with the Charlotte Harbor Environmental Center to help fund the youth education programs at Alligator Creek. Over 2,000 students per year have participated in CHEC’s 4th Grade Field Studies programs and 2nd Grade Sea-grass Wading Adventures. Both programs have integrated classroom and field exercises that are state approved curriculum for FCAT testing. Educating students and the community on the connection between protecting and enhancing the environment and good health compliments the spirit of Hands Across the harbor. 

The 10th Annual Hands Across the Harbor is January 27, 2018 and planning is underway to celebrate the partnerships and spirit that has evolved. 

New this year:

  • Fabulous Get Away Raffle Prize – Package includes: travel to and from Key West on the Key West Express, 2 night stay at the Cayo Hueso Resorts and a $200 gift card to spend anywhere, anytime! 

  • More bling!  Awesome medals and trophies are provided to all winners in designated age categories recognizing the 10th Annual.

  • Bike Riders – Finisher medals to all our bike riders.

  • More environmentally-friendly and recyclable products used for breakfast and give-a-ways.

Go green:

Hands Across the Harbor is a registered “Athletes for a Fit Planet” Event. FitPlanet provides news and information to inspire you to make more environmentally-responsible decisions in your daily life, about the events you participate in, and about the products and services you buy. Find out more at afitplanet.com

  • Register online to reduce the need for paper registration

  • Think “four or more” and invite your friends to carpool to the event

  • Ride your bicycle to the event

  • Recycle glass, plastic and aluminum beverage containers or bring a re-useable water bottle

Early Bird Registration ends October 1, 2017


  • Yoga Warm Up Stretch with Jennifer French, Yoga Sanctuary

  • 13.1 Mile, 20 Mile, and 30 Mile Bike Rides 

  • Longboard 13.1 mile Race 

  • Half Marathon Race

  • 5K Competitive Run

  • 5K Fun Walk

Proceeds from Hands Across the Harbor benefit the Charlotte Harbor Environmental Center (CHEC). Visit handsacrosstheharbor.org for the full schedule and to register.