What will You Discover at the Nathan Benderson Park?

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If you love water sports, the Nathan Benderson Park is the place for you. This park provides 600 acres of public access with a 500-acre lake. It's found just to the west of I-75 and provides something you just won't find anywhere else in Sarasota.

Athletes come to the park for rowing because of the 2,000-meter sprint rowing and training course. However, this park is for more than just athletes. Families and visitors come for stand up paddle boarding, kayaking, rowboating, a picnic, a walk, biking and so much more. It's a park everybody can enjoy with plenty of beauty found throughout.

Events Held at the Park

The park is most-known for the international championship events, but also holds many recreational events throughout the year. Some of the top types of events include:

  • Kayak races
  • Dragon Boat events
  • Canoe races
  • Cross-County running events
  • Triathlons
  • Wakeboarding events
  • Corporate training events
  • And More!

Since the park is found near the University Town Center, it also allows those wanting to enjoy shopping, dining and other types of entertainment.

Along with the many events, the park is known as a place for athletes to train. It's a world-class rowing facility with team training opportunities found throughout.

Some of the events held throughout the year include:

  • 5K Zombie Run - October
  • Sarasota-Bradenton Head Race - November
  • Sarasota Crew Duathlon - November
  • Florida 10 Series 5-Mile/10-Mile Run - December
  • Sarasota Gateway Rotary 5K Run - January
  • Sons of Norway Viking Boat Event - February
  • Sarasota Invitational - February/March
  • FSRA West District Championships - March
  • Coastal Rowing Regatta - April
  • FIT Triathlon - May
  • Sunshine State Games - June
  • Special Olympics SUP Race - August
  • Sarasota Manatee Heart Walk - September

The park has plenty to offer for both athletes and those just looking to enjoy the beauty.

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