Click here for 2014 Results! Scroll down for a list of thank yous!
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.
Thank You to all Who Made it Happen in 2014!
A special thank you to:
Jeff Rupp, owner of Sideline Sports of Jamestown, NY. He generously designed and donated the prizes for the top male (Tanner Burns) and top female (Tammy Putt) runners. He also served as co-chair of the entire event and his company printed the Wild 5K T-Shirts and Mapdanas.
David Hedberg, co-recipient of the State Association’s Official of the Year award (Southwestern Chapter). He spent a great deal of time carefully mapping the course and coordinating the start line and finish line of the event. His expertise was absolutely indispensable.
Ellen Paquette, of Warren, PA, a renowned local artist who serves on the Jamestown Audubon’s Board of Directors. She graciously contributed her time and creative expertise to the coordination process, her artwork can be seen on the Mapdanas that were given as prizes to the top three male and top three female finishers in each age group and category (Running and Walking).
Cristin Hockenberry, owner of Be Well Health and Fitness of Jamestown, NY. She became a Spotted Turtle Sponsor—providing Deep Blue Rub, a unique sports and massage cream with Deep Blue essential oil to the top two male and top two female finishers in each age group and category (Running and Walking). She is a doTERRA Wellness Advocate and her business can be found at 389 Orchard Road, Jamestown, NY 14701. Cristin also participated in the event!
Scott Lindstrom, Commercial and Equipment Sales of Zahm and Matson (Z&M) Ag and Turf. Z&M generously provided a gator to help Audubon’s Grounds Crew set-up for and tear down the Wild 5K. Scott was incredibly flexible with our race schedule. Z&M is located at 1756 Lindquist Drive in Falconer, NY.
McDonalds of Falconer, NY and Brigiotta’s Farmland Produce & Garden Center, Inc. of Jamestown, NY provided food and water for the refreshment table. Karen Inwood also generously donated and passed out snacks to participants.
The O.W.L.s and Grounds Crew who painstakingly made sure the trails were in pristine condition and that every turn of the race was both safe and beautiful.
John Willsie who volunteered to photograph the event. Look for his beautiful pictures posted on Jamestown Audubon’s official website and Flickr page.
An enormous thank you to:
ALL participants that showed up on race day! Your support and feedback was greatly appreciated! We hope to see you ALL next year, as we make the Wild 5K an annual tradition that returns and improves year after year! Our records show that we had more participants this year than any other year in the 5K’s long-running history! 134 of you crossed the finish line!
ALL staff and volunteers that made the Wild 5K a success. It was a truly inspiring day for all involved and it would not have been possible without ALL of you! Thank you for your time and support. Audubon thanks you and Liberty thanks you!
Looking forward to running Wild again next year!