Hands Across the Harbor Begins at Bayshore Live Oak Park, Port Charlotte, Fla. Here's your chance to get some fresh air, a bit of exercise and do good for a good cause. Walk, run or ride a bike over the U.S. 41 Gilchrist Bridge Saturday, Jan. 26, 2013, during the Hands Across the Harbor event benefiting the Charlotte Harbor Environmental Center. CHEC is focused on promoting environmental conservation, preservation and protection of Charlotte Harbor. Registration begins at 6:45 a.m. with the event starting at 8 a.m. at Bayshore Live Oak Park.  Runners, walkers, and bike riders are invited to participate in the event.   The route begins at Bayshore Live Oak Park in Charlotte Harbor and takes the participants over the U.S. 41 Gilchrist Bridge into downtown Punta Gorda with the finish back at Bayshore Live Oak Park. The Early Registration Fee is $19 ($14 for Students with valid Student ID) until January 23, 2013.  Same-day registration is $24 ($16 for Students).  Breakfast, awards, door prizes, raffle prize tickets and entertainment are all included. The first 300 Registered Participants will receive a Hands Across the Harbor T-shirt. Hands Across the Harbor is a community event with the goal of bringing together Charlotte County residents to celebrate the natural beauty of the harbor. It's made possible through the Charlotte Harbor Community Redevelopment Agency, the Punta Gorda Community Redevelopment Agency, and Waste Management of Charlotte County. About the  Charlotte Harbor Environmental Center CHEC is a 501(c)3 non-profit organization. Over the past 20 years, over 2,000 students per year have participated in CHEC’s 4th Grade Field Studies programs and 2nd Grade Sea-grass Wading Adventures. Both programs have integrated classroom / field exercises that are state approved curriculum for FCAT testing.