Plans for annual Stiletto Sprint reach new heights: Online registration now open


NAPLES, Fla. (July 29, 2013) -- For the fourth consecutive year, buttoned up executives, teenagers, retirees and other members of the community will don their highest heels on Oct. 19 and take to the streets in Naples, Fla. for the Stiletto Sprint, a 500-foot sprint down Fifth Avenue that benefits the Garden of Hope and Courage and Susan G. Komen Southwest Florida. Registration and sponsorship opportunities are now open at

The event, which has garnered more than $115,000 over the past three years for the two organizations and attracted more than 500 sprinters and 5,000 attendees, promises to be more action-packed than ever in 2013, with live musical entertainment, party in Cambier Park, family activities, prize giveaways and a kids’ race. A beauty pageant complete with swimsuits, ball gowns, and of course stilettos, will take place in the bandshell with the winner moving on to the Miss Florida pageant, and potentially to the Miss America pageant.

The Stiletto Sprint will also mark the kickoff for the annual CityFest, a weeklong series of events celebrating Naples.

Mayor Sorey will have some surprises in store at the start, then the Sprinters will dash from Sugden Park down Fifth in anticipation of being crowned the 2013 Stiletto Sprint Champion. Runners, walkers and all footwear are welcome, but only those in two inch heels will qualify for the first place prize. All proceeds will benefit the Garden of Hope and Courage and Susan G. Komen Southwest Florida.

There is a $35 registration fee for adults, $15 for kids. To register or for more information visit

More about the benefiting organizations
Susan G Komen Southwest Florida is dedicated to the Komen promise of saving lives and ending breast cancer forever 90% of all proceeds fund local programs in our community. Since 2002, the organization has granted $5.5 million in education, mammograms, and treatment programs as well as $1.8 million in national research. For more information visit or call 239-498-0016.

The Garden of Hope and Courage located on the downtown campus of the NCH Healthcare System, provides a place of peaceful reflection for patients, their families and hospital staff that care for the sick on a daily basis. Consisting of a formal garden, children’s garden and open-air pavilion, the garden holds a one-acre lake as its centerpiece. For more information, visit or call 239-434-6697.