Audubon To Host 5K Run/Walk July 28

Runners are pictured during a previous Audubon Community Nature Center Wild 5K Run/Walk. Submitted photo

The Audubon Community Nature Center will host its Wild 5K Run/Walk on July 28, though early bird registration ends on July 16.

Those participating can walk or run through five kilometers of Audubon’s trails, enjoying the ponds, fields and forests as they go. After the run/walk there are snacks, opportunities to visit with Liberty, the Bald Eagle and explore the exhibits inside the Nature Center. All money raised through helps Audubon maintain the grounds to keep the trails in good condition and restore habitats.

Early bird registration includes a discount on the registration fee and as well as a free event t-shirt, including women’s-cut shirts this year.

Timing will be recorded through Chautauqua Striders’ chip system. The Wild 5K is part of the 2018 Chautauqua Striders/UPMC Chautauqua WCA Runner of the Year Series for which participating runners receive points.

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 division for runners and top finisher in each division for walkers.

Check-in and same-day registration on race day is 8 to 8:45 a.m.; the race at 9 a.m. The awards ceremony begins at 10:30 a.m. for those who have completed the race.

Early bird registration is $25. After July 16, registration is $30. A special discount of 10 percent is extended to members of the Audubon Community Nature Center and Chautauqua Striders, prices $22.50 and $27 respectively.

For details and to register online or download a printable application form, visit auduboncnc.org/wild5k. Race results from 2016 and 2017 can also be found there.

Landpro is a sponsor of the 2018 Wild 5K Run/Walk.

After the race, there will also be time to visit Panama Rocks Scenic Park in Chautauqua County for Roger Tory Peterson’s Wild America Nature Festival, Saturday, July 28, and Sunday, July 29. The festival features nationally-renowned speakers, wild animals, a juried fine nature art and craft show and competition, a local food cook-off competition and farmer’s market, music, classes, workshops and other activities.

The Audubon Community Nature Center is located at 1600 Riverside Road, one-quarter mile east of Route 62 between Jamestown and Warren. For more information, call 569-2345 or visit auduboncnc.org.

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