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For more information contact:
Monaca Onstad


The Lakewood Ranch Mindful Triathlon, a concept new to the area and specifically to Lakewood Ranch, will be held from 8 a.m. to noon on Nov. 16, starting at the LakeHouse Cove Amenity Center, 925 Seascape Place, in Waterside. The triathlon is the first major event to be held at Waterside, The Ranch’s Sarasota County village.

The community-wide triathlon experience – with a unique twist – is focused on health and wellbeing. Unlike a traditional triathlon, the Mindful Triathlon will consist of a 5K walk or run, followed by 60 minutes of yoga and ending with a 20-minute meditation session. The 5K will wind through trails and scenic views of the two new neighborhoods of LakeHouse Cove and Shoreview.

The event was the brainchild of Monaca Onstad, the director of community relations for Lakewood Ranch.

“We all seem to be so rushed in our everyday lives, without much time for reflection,” Onstad said. “This event is all about being present in the moment. Run, relax, renew is our mantra.”

The Mindful Triathlon will benefit the Brain Health Initiative (BHI), which launched to the public in March of 2019. The initiative strives to make long-lasting impacts on brain health for the Florida Gulf Coast and beyond.

The event is being held in conjunction with the Lakewood Ranch Medical Center (LWRMC), a major supporter and one of the founding members of BHI. “The LWR Mindful Triathlon perfectly aligns with the Medical Center’s mission and vision of promoting health and wellness in the community,” said Andy Guz, CEO of LWRMC. “We would rather encourage prevention and well-being, instead of having to treat illness.”

There will also be a vendor village, music, and food and drink. Participants can enjoy refreshments from Crop Juice, D’lites, and GROVE, among others; and food demonstrations at The Market tent by Chef Rov. Other vendors will have giveaways, including The Mall at University Town Center, which will offer free yoga mats for the first 100 attendees.

For more information and registration visit


Lakewood Ranch is the 31,000-acre award-winning master-planned community in Sarasota and Manatee counties on the West Coast of Florida. Just minutes from the Gulf Coast beaches and cultural assets in Sarasota, Lakewood Ranch is already home to more than 36,000 residents and features A-rated schools, a hospital, the Sarasota Polo Club, the 75-acre Premier Sports Campus, its own Main Street with theaters, shopping and dining, and more than four million square feet of commercial property. For more information visit

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