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Audubon Nature Center’s July 30 Wild 5K Run/Walk Adds Awards Group

Whatever your age, whether you like to run, or if walking is more your speed, there’s a spot for you at the Audubon Nature Center’s Wild 5K Run/Walk on Saturday, July 30.

Thanks to requests from participants, a new age group has been added to this year’s competition.  Now with a 70+ category for both walkers and runners, those 70 and older will no longer have to compete against 60-year-olds.

Prizes will be awarded to the first three overall male and female walker and runner finishers. Age group awards will be given to the top three finishers in each for runners and top finisher in each for walkers. Age groups are 12 and under, 13-19, 20-29, 30-39, 40-49, 50-59, 60-69, and 70+. The awards ceremony will begin at 10:30 a.m. for those who have finished.

While Trackqua speeds up the registration process and provides chip-timed results, you can enjoy exceptional natural beauty and help restore and preserve an incredible woodland habitat.

The 2016 event will highlight the woodlands that shade the trails.  Proceeds support protecting the Nature Center’s over 600 acres of unique habitat that decreases flooding in surrounding communities, purifies drinking water, and provides sanctuary to plants and animals of all shapes and sizes.

Check-in and same-day registration is 8-8:45 a.m., with the race beginning at 9 a.m.

Special free children’s events take place during the race.

Runners and walkers who preregister by Monday, July 18 will receive an event t-shirt. Pre-registration fee is $20. The fee after July 18 or on race day is $25. Friends of the Nature Center receive a 10percent  discount.

To register, call (716) 569-2345 or visit www.wild5k.wordpress.com/runnerswalkers.

Event details, including the 2014 and 2015 results (on the News page), are at www.wild5k.wordpress.com.

Participants are invited to stay after their run/walk to tour the exhibits throughout the Nature Center building, browse the Blue Heron Gift Shop, and visit with Liberty, the non-releasable Bald Eagle, in her outdoor habitat.

Volunteers are still needed to staff the water station, registration, refreshment and award tables, to serve as trail cheerleaders/direction pointers from before the start to the end of the race, and to help at the finish line. To volunteer, call (716) 569-2345 or visit www.wild5k.wordpress.com/volunteer.

Event sponsors include JCC Total Fitness, Weinberg Financial Group, Warren Midtown Motors, Arcade Senior Services, and Greg Mackie Appliances.

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