The Fort Myers Metro-McGregor Kiwanis will hold the 7th annual Calusa Bug Chase 5K run and BUG Crawl on Jan. 31, 2015 at the Calusa Nature Center  located at 3450 Ortiz Avenue in Fort Myers. The race will benefit the Fort Myers-Metro Kiwanis Club’s BUG (Bringing Up Grades) Program. Participants can register online at

The course, supervised by the Fort Myers Track Club, travels the trails at the nature center and a portion of the asphalt bike path on Ortiz and will be timed with Chrono Track Bib Tag Technology. Packet pick up will take place the day of race from 6:30 a.m.-7:15a.m. Race day registration begins at 6:30 a.m. and race time is 7:30 a.m. Adult pre-registration up to Jan. 23 is $20, Jan. 24-30 registration is $25 and race day registration is $35. Youth (17 and under) discounted pre- registration is $10, Jan. 24-30 registration is $15 and race day registration is $25.  The Bug Crawl Walk registration is $10. Registration includes a long-sleeve commemorative t-shirt, complimentary race day admission to the Calusa Nature Center and refreshments. Overall and age group awards for the 5K run will be presented.

All proceeds benefit the Fort Myers Metro-McGregor Kiwanis BUG (Bring UP Grades) program, designed to provide recognition to local elementary students who raise their grades to an acceptable range and maintain or continue to raise them from one grading period to the next. The Metro-McGregor Kiwanis currently has BUG programs at Orangewood, Colonial and Littleton Elementary schools and is actively seeking more schools to participate.

For more information regarding the 7th annual Calusa Bug Chase or to become a sponsor, please contact Heather Chouinard at