Jamestown, N.Y. Runners and walkers ranging in age from eight to 75 and from as far away as Michigan and South Carolina have already registered to participate in the Audubon Community Nature Center (ACNC) 2020 Wild 5K Run/Walk.

Instead of everyone racing together, participants can complete the course anytime in daylight hours from Saturday, July 18, through Sunday, July 26. 

The race course will be set up on Audubon’s trails through fields, forests, and across boardwalks. Runners and walkers can report their times if they choose. (Posting times is optional.) Winning times will be announced on Monday, July 27, with fun virtual prizes.

Come alone or in your running group, taking the appropriate precautions as advised by New York State and the CDC. You can run the course as many times as you want, but you may only submit one time. Be aware that there may be Day Camp groups on the trails from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Tuesday-Friday.

Entry fee is $15. Click here to register through July 26. 

Audubon’s trails have been used more by the public this year than usual, and a great deal of work has been put into keeping them dry and safe for walking and running. Money raised benefits the trails, habitats, and bridges on ACNC property.

To support Wild 5K runners/walkers or encourage your friends and family to support your participation, click on “Donate” from the registration link.

Wild 5K Run/Walk sponsors in 2020 include Hollyloft Ski and Bike, Oneida Lumber and Ace Hardware of Warren, I-86 Auto Truck Repair and Auto Service, Lakewood Apothecary, and Jamestown Macadam, Inc.

Additional thanks are extended to Audubon’s Community Partners: 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, Whirley-DrinkWorks!, The Ralph C. Wilson Jr. Foundation, Metallic Ladder Manufacturing Corporation, the Boocha Family, Bush Industries Inc., Community Foundation of Warren County, Hal and Mary Conarro, Defrees Family Memorial Fund, Chautauqua Lake and Watershed Management Alliance, and Univera Healthcare.

Audubon Community Nature Center is located at 1600 Riverside Road, just east of Route 62 between Warren, Pa., and Jamestown, N.Y. While the Nature Center building remains closed to walk-in visitation, you are welcome to enjoy the native tree arboretum, gardens, and picnic area, walk the six miles of trails, and view Liberty, Audubon’s non-releasable Bald Eagle, from dawn to dusk daily while practicing safe social distancing measures. 

The Blue Heron Gift Shop is also open for drive-thru sales; visit AudubonCNC.org/Shop for more information.

To learn more about Audubon and its many programs, call (716) 569-2345 during business hours, 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.