Audubon’s Wild 5K has new twist; early-bird signups due Sunday

Submitted Photo Spreading out Audubon Community Nature Center’s Wild 5K Run/Walk over the nine days from Saturday, July 18, through Sunday, July 26, gives participants plenty of opportunity to participate this year while practicing safe social distancing.

JAMESTOWN — The staff and volunteers at Audubon Community Nature Center who make the Wild 5K Run/Walk happen every year did not want July 2020 to go by without their favorite annual event.

The race course will again be set up on Audubon’s trails through fields, forests and across boardwalks. This year, instead of being a single morning event, the route will be open for a week, between Saturday, July 18, and Sunday, July 26.

Runners and walkers can complete the course anytime in daylight hours during race week and report their times if they choose. Posting times is optional. Winning times will be announced on Monday, July 27, with virtual prizes.

Come alone or in a running group, taking appropriate precautions as advised by New York state and the CDC. Runners can run the course as many times as they want, but may only submit one time. Be aware that there may be day camp groups on the trails from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Tuesday through Friday.

The entry fee is $15. Registrations are accepted at AudubonCNC.org/Wild5K through July 26.

Early bird registration is due by Sunday to get a Wild 5K T-shirt before the race for $10 (with an $8 optional shipping fee).

Money raised benefits the habitats, trails, and bridges on Audubon’s property.

Hollyloft Ski and Bike and Oneida Lumber and Ace Hardware of Warren are sponsors of the 2020 Wild 5K Run/Walk.

Additional sponsors include Bob and Kathy Frucella, Carnahan-Jackson Foundation, Chautauqua Region Community Foundation, Holmberg Foundation, Hultquist Foundation, Jessie Smith Darrah Fund, The Lenna Foundation, The Ralph C. Sheldon Foundation, Whirley DrinkWorks, The Ralph C. Wilson Jr. Foundation, Metallic Ladder Manufacturing Corporation, the Boocha Family, Bush Industries Inc., Community Foundation of Warren County, Hal and Mary Conarro, Defrees Family Memorial Fund, Chautauqua Lake and Watershed Management Alliance and Univera Healthcare.

Audubon Community Nature Center is located at 1600 Riverside Road, just east of Route 62 between Warren and Jamestown. While the Nature Center building remains closed to walk-in visitation, visitors are welcome to enjoy the native tree arboretum, gardens, and picnic area, walk the 6 miles of trails, and view Liberty, Audubon’s non-releasable Bald Eagle, from dawn to dusk daily while practicing safe social distancing measures.

The Blue Heron Gift Shop is also open for drive-through sales; visit AudubonCNC.org/Shop for more information.

For more information, call 569-2345 during business hours, visit AudubonCNC.org or find Audubon Community Nature Center on Facebook.


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