Pedal and Play 2018 Results

The pavilion at Laishley Marina in Punta Gorda bristled with activity on March 9 and 10 as nearly 500 cyclists clad in their bright green t-shirts, took part in Pedal and Play in Paradise, 2018. “We were blessed with perfect weather and a great turnout,” said Steve Johnson, event coordinator. “An army of volunteers put in many hours to make this event a success, it’s exciting to see it all come together.”

As in past years, the 15 and 30 mile rides were very popular and accounted for over half of the participants. The City Manager’s Ride hosted by Howard Kunik, was once again a great success with over 100 cyclists riding to various city locations so Howard could tell about our city’s history and provide updates on construction projects. Some 88 riders participated in “Terri’s Mystery Ride,” named in memory of TEAM volunteer Terri Hoagland who passed away last year. Cyclists went to various locations where they read details about a particular TEAM Punta Gorda project, located a “hidden” letter in the description, and solved the mystery word puzzle.

Ya Ya Diamond once again served as MC for the event providing her usual great singing and spirited dialogue as participants cued up and prepared to take off on their rides. Volunteer therapists from the Therapeutic Wellness Center provided massages while Jennifer French from the Yoga Sanctuary led yoga exercises.

During a tasty lunch, the band Andino Son entertained the crowd with lively Latin tunes.

Proceeds from Pedal and Play benefit the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society and bicycle-friendly community initiatives sponsored by Team Punta Gorda. Once income and expense numbers are calculated and finalized, TEAM volunteers will announce the amounts to be donated.

Pedal and Play in Paradise is made possible through the generosity of over 25 sponsors. For more information about these generous citizens, visit