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The Run for Liberty was first held in 2003, the brainchild of then part-time naturalist Megan Lane Kent—a marathon runner herself. In that first year, eighty community members and several local sponsors were brought together for a day of fun and exercise, and raised $900 towards feeding and caring for Liberty. The race continued as an annual tradition.

Over the years, the Run for Liberty played host to some five hundred runners and always brought the community together in a unique way. Nature-enthusiasts, athletes, local businesses, families, friends and volunteers all discovered common interests and values within the happenings of each year’s race day. Unfortunately in 2009, following the completion of another successful Run for Liberty, the event lost its chair. This year, we want to bring it back… and with new energy!

The revamped Wild 5K is the 2014 version of the Run for Liberty trail race. Together with your support, Audubon Center and Sanctuary hopes to make this  year’s event the new beginning that this popular run/walk deserves! Our goal is to provide an opportunity to enjoy the distinctive beauty of our Sanctuary while posing a meaningful challenge. Proceeds from the race this year support Liberty, our non-releasable resident Bald Eagle.

Even with our incredible team of dedicated volunteers, Liberty’s care costs approximately $7,500 per year. To find out more about her,  click here.

There are many ways to help us bring back our 5K this year, anything from volunteering on race day (July 26, 2014) to sponsoring the event (see our online Sponsorship Application) to participating as a runner or a walker! Please consider supporting us in this exciting endeavor. Feel free to contact us with any questions or concerns, Corinne Fredrickson is this year’s co-chairperson: (716) 569-2345.

Run Wild!