Contact: Phil Miller, DNREC Division of Watershed Stewardship, 302-739-9939
Race for Our Rivers 5K run/fun walk to help improve Delaware’s
water quality set for October 19 at Blackbird Creek Reserve
DOVER (Oct. 17, 2013) – If you’re thinking about doing something for cleaner water in Delaware, taking part in the 6th Annual Race for Our Rivers might be a great way of putting your thoughts into action. The 5-kilometer run/fun walk takes place Saturday, Oct. 19, starting at 9 a.m. at the DNREC-managed Blackbird Creek Reserve in Townsend. The event aims to raise water quality awareness while helping fund projects that protect Delaware’s waterways. Continuing a partnership with the Blackbird Creek Fall Festival, runners and walkers are invited to stay after for a day of free fun with games, music, activities for kids, craft vendors, demonstrations, food, hayrides and more. Race for Our Rivers and the Blackbird Creek festival can make for fun day outdoors with the whole family.
In past years the event, organized by the Appoquinimink River Association, raised funds to help educate residents about the importance of the state’s waterways and the public’s role in helping protect them. This year the Delaware Invasive Species Council (DISC), in partnership with DNREC, will continue this legacy through funding projects to protect our water and land ecosystems by preventing the introduction and reducing the impact of invasive species.
Race for Our Rivers’ dedicated sponsors play an essential part in staging the event: With over 30 local businesses and organizations contributing, the day will be filled with great raffle prizes, “bib number giveaways” and awards for participants.
Free race T-Shirts will be available for the first 100 people who sign up for the event. Online registration cost is $20 and is open until 9 p.m. October 16. Participants can also register the day of the 5K for $25. Race day registration and racer check-in times are from 8 – 8:45 a.m. Awards will be presented to the race’s overall top male and female runners, and to the top male and female runners in each age group as follows: 13-and-under, 14-19, 20-29, 30-39, 40-49, 50-59, 60 and over. Walkers are also encouraged to participate in the event, and can choose that option during registration.
The race will take place on the Blackbird Creek Reserve Cross Country Trail system through beautiful scenic pathways. Only in case of extreme rain/lightening will the race be cancelled. If the weather is questionable, participants can call 302-382-8757 starting at 7 a.m. the day of the race to check its status.
For more information:
Vol. 43, No. 394