Audubon’s Wild 5k Run/Walk is Saturday, July 31

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Audubon Community Nature Center returns to its traditional Wild 5k Run/Walk on Saturday, July 31. Numerous prizes will be awarded overall and by age groups.

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The start time is 9 a.m. when the Audubon Community Nature Center (ACNC) Wild 5k Run/Walk returns to a live event on Saturday, July 31.

Walkers and runners of all ages can register up to the 8-8:45 a.m. registration before the race begins. With a limitation of 200 entrants, pre-registration is appreciated, but walk-ins are welcome

Following a socially-distanced, possibly chipped start, the 5k trail will take you through fields and forests and will include any COVID precautions that are needed.

The race takes place rain or shine and covers uneven ground and bridges. Most of the race is on bare ground, with one small section along pavement. The trail will be well marked with white signs showing the way.

The awards ceremony begins at 11 a.m. outdoors in the Stephanie Frucella Education Pavilion in Audubon’s backyard.

Prizes are awarded to the first three overall male and female walker and
runner finishers. Age group awards are given to the top three finishers
in each division for runners and top finisher in each division for
walkers.

Entry fee is $30; $27 for Nature Center members. The money raised at this race directly supports Audubon.

For details and to register, click on the link at AudubonCNC.org.

Thank you to the 2021 Wild 5k business sponsors: Lakewood Apothecary, I-86 Truck Repair and Auto Service, and Jamestown Macadam. Business sponsors help offset the staff and material costs associated with coordinating the race.

ACNC also thanks Audubon’s Community Partners: Curt and Susie Westrom, 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, Bush Industries, Community Foundation for Greater Buffalo, Hal and Mary Conarro, Metallic Ladder Manufacturing Corp., Univera Healthcare, and Whirley-Drinkworks!

Audubon Community Nature Center is located at 1600 Riverside Road, one-quarter mile east of Route 62 between Jamestown, N.Y., and Warren, Pa. You can enjoy the six miles of trails on the 600-acre nature preserve from dawn to dusk daily.

The Nature Center building includes the Blue Heron Gift Shop, live animals, and the winning photographs from the 2020 Nature Photography Contest. Visitors are welcome Mondays through Saturdays, 10 a.m. – 4:30 p.m., and Sundays, 1 – 4:30 p.m. Admission to the nature center building is “by donation” until August 1, after which regular admission fees will resume.

Face coverings are not required outdoors, but unvaccinated individuals are asked to wear face coverings when inside the Nature Center building.

To learn more about Audubon and its many programs, call (716) 569-2345, visit AudubonCNC.org, or find Audubon Community Nature Center on Facebook.

Audubon Community Nature Center builds and nurtures connections between people and nature by providing positive outdoor experiences, opportunities to learn about and understand the natural world, and knowledge to act in environmentally responsible ways.