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Audubon race raises nearly $10,000

By Staff | May 8, 2015

The Potomac Valley Audubon Society has announced that its 14th annual “Race for the Birds!” event, held April 25 on the National Conservation Training Center outside Shepherdstown, raised a net total of $9,815.

The figure is preliminary and the final number could be slightly different. But it will be a new record in any case; last year’s race netted $7,477.

All the event’s proceeds will benefit the Society’s educational programs.

“In spite of the weather, this was our best race ever in terms of participation,” said PVAS executive Director Kristin Alexander. “It was great to see so many people turn out. As always, we appreciate the community’s support. And we want to give special thanks to our lead sponsor, HFI Wealth Management, and to NCTC for continuing to host this event.”

The centerpieces of the event were professionally timed 15K and 8K trail races.

A total of 258 runners braved cold, grey skies to participate in those events. Most came from the immediate tri-state area but a good number came from the Baltimore and Washington metropolitan areas and some from as far away as Portsmouth, VA, Charleston, WV, and Gainesville, GA.

Another 108 turned out to walk or jog a 2-mile course at their own speed, and 39 children participated in a 1-mile “Fun Run” for children under 10 years of age.

The overall winner of the 15K race was Cameron Dow, of Winchester, VA, who had a time of 1:05:10.3. The 1st Female in the 15K was MIchelle Vanhorn, of Harpers Ferry, who was also 8th overall with a time of 1:11:23.1.

The overall winner of the 8K race was Mark Eissens, from Virginia, with a time of 31:41.6. The 1st female in the 8K was Darcy Farrell, also from Virginia, who was also 7th overall with a time of 39:28.2.

Full results are available on the Race website at www.raceforthebirds.org.