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After a wildly successful revamping last year, the Audubon Nature Center is excited to announce the 2015 Wild 5K. This year’s trail run/walk will pose a new, meaningful challenge. Proceeds from the race will support our on-going efforts to protect 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.

Audubon Nature Center is positioned in a natural lowland. Water flows here from every direction and collects, forming wetlands and representing one of Earth’s most vital types of habitat. Throughout the years, Audubon has carefully protected this unique property, hoping to open an educational window into the importance of maintaining a wetland sanctuary for all, including migrating birds and breeding frogs. However, significant hurdles, including invasive plants (i.e. Water Chestnut and Garlic Mustard), have created daunting challenges. We hope that this year’s race will serve to raise awareness of the importance of wetland habitats like ours and to support our preservation, maintenance, and restoration efforts.

There are many ways you can lend a hand to help us this year, anything from volunteering on race day (July 25, 2015) 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 for wetlands!

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!