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Registration opens for Race for the Birds

By Staff | Jan 8, 2016

The Potomac Valley Audubon Society is now accepting online registrations for its 15th annual “This Race is for the Birds!” event on Saturday, April 9, at a new location: Wild Goose Farm at 293 Shepherd Grade Road in Shepherdstown.

The farm is just across the road from the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Services’ National Conservation Training Center, where the event has been held previously. The Center is no longer able to host the event.

The 2016 event will include two professionally timed races-one 5 kilometers long and another 10 kilometers long.

There will also be a 1-mile “Fun Run” for children under 10 years of age.

In addition, adults and families who wish to walk or jog the 5K course at their own pace may do so.

The 5 and 10K races will follow non-technical cross-country trails through the farm’s scenic fields, rolling hills and woods. The course will be suitable for all runners.

The 5 and 10K races will begin at 9:00 a.m. The children’s Fun Run will be held at about 10:00 a.m.

The children’s Fun Run will be free. Fees for the other portions of the event will range from $25 to $35.

To register, and for more information, go to the race website at www.raceforthebirds.org. Or contact Krista Hawley at adultprograms@potomacaudubon.org or 304-876-8471.

Registration for the 5 and 10K races will be capped at 300 for both, so same-day registration may not be available.

All proceeds will be used to support Potomac Valley Audubon’s programs for children, and all fees will be tax deductible.