MANCHESTER, NH – Looking for a fun, healthy (and maybe even romantic) way to support animals, education, and the Massabesic Audubon Center’s resident raven? Join NH Audubon for its inaugural Ravens Race 5K snowshoe fundraiser on Valentine’s Day, Sunday, February 14, at 10 a.m.
The competitive course starts at 26 Audubon Way in Auburn on trails through the woods and fields of the Center to Battery Point on Lake Massabesic and back. Profits from the Ravens Race 5K will support the care and rehabilitation of wildlife that are a vital part of Massabesic Audubon Center’s nature education programs.
“The Massabesic Audubon Center and surrounding land is absolutely transformed after a few inches of snow, and we’re thrilled to showcase it in the first-ever 5K,” said Dawn Genes, director of Massabesic Audubon Center. “Whether you’re a competitive runner looking for a great cross-training opportunity or a novice snowshoer excited to be a part of the race experience, the Ravens Race is a great way to get outside this winter and support our programs, camps, and special activities.”
The entry fee for the Ravens Race 5K is $20 when you register before January 20. Race day registration begins at 6:45 a.m. Couples who wish to take advantage of the date-day activity (or discounted entry fee) may enter for a reduced rate. Register by February 2 to receive 25 percent off a pair of snowshoes at Eastern Mountain Sports at the Mall of New Hampshire in Manchester on, January 12 or January 21, and February 2. The first 100 people to register for the 5K will receive exclusive goodie bags full of local treats.
Awards to the top three male and female finishers will be awarded in several age categories, and all ages are welcome to join. Computerized timing and results are provided by New England Timing Services and are sponsored by Maine Drilling and Blasting. Race bibs are sponsored by Road I.D.
In the event of poor snow conditions, the race will be a trail run and organizers will make the final determination and announcement on February 13. After the race, participants and spectators are invited to warm up with a bowl of chili and take part in winter sporting activities.
About New Hampshire Audubon
Founded in 1914, New Hampshire Audubon’s mission is to protect New Hampshire’s natural environment for wildlife and for people. It is an independent statewide membership organization with four nature centers throughout the state. Expert educators give programs to children, families, and adults at centers and in schools. Staff biologists and volunteers conduct bird conservation efforts such as the Peregrine Falcon restoration. New Hampshire Audubon protects thousands of acres of wildlife habitat and is a voice for sound public policy on environmental issues. For information on New Hampshire Audubon, including membership, volunteering, programs, sanctuaries, and publications, call 224-9909, or visit www.nhaudubon.org.
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