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Audubon Nature Center’s 2015 Wild 5K Run/Walk is Saturday, July 25
Audubon Nature Center’s 2015 Wild 5K Run/Walk is Saturday, July 25

Jamestown, NY – On Saturday, July 25, you are invited to enjoy exceptional natural beauty while helping to restore and preserve an incredible wetland habitat.

The Audubon Nature Center’s Wild 5K Run/Walk is open to runners and walkers of all ages.  Proceeds from the race support protecting the Nature Center’s over 600 acres of unique habitat that not only decreases flooding in the surrounding communities but also 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.

Prizes will be awarded to the first three overall male and female finishers in the run category. Awards will be given to the top three finishers in each age group division for both runners and walkers, a total of 10 divisions. Age groups for Runners are 12 and under, 13-19, 20-29, 30-39, 40-49, 50-59, and 60+. Age groups for Walkers are 25 and under; 26-55, and 56+.

Runners and walkers who preregister by Thursday, July 16, will receive an event t-shirt. Preregistration fee is $20. The fee after July 16 or on race day is $25. Friends of the Nature Center receive a 10% discount.

For registration information, call (716) 569-2345 or visit www.wild5k.wordpress.com/runnerswalkers.

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.

Event details, including the 2014 results, are at www.wild5k.wordpress.com.

Volunteers are 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 Jamestown/Lakewood Arby’s, Fairmount Avenue Burger King, Don’s Carwash, Gametime Sports Bar & Grill, Tina Lindquist and Hot Bodies Tanning, Stacey Chase and Indulge Salon, Sue Lawton, Road I.D., Foote Avenue Tops Markets, Lakewood Wendy’s, and Zahm & Matson.

The Audubon Nature Center is at 1600 Riverside Road, one-quarter mile east of Route 62 between Jamestown, New York, and Warren, Pennsylvania. Hours for the building and Blue Heron Gift Shop are 10 a.m.-4:30 p.m. Monday-Saturday and 1-4:30 p.m. Sundays. The arboretum, gardens, picnic area, more than five miles of trails, and Liberty in her outdoor exhibit are open dawn to dusk daily.

To learn more about the Nature Center’s many programs, call (716) 569-2345 or visit www.jamestownaudubon.org.

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