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Run for the Creeks: Connect to the Outdoors

Submitted by August 18, 2010 2:51 pm

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The President’s America’s Great Outdoors Initiative reminds us:

“Families are spending less time together enjoying their natural surroundings. Despite our conservation efforts, too many of our fields are becoming fragmented, too many of our rivers and streams are becoming polluted, and we are losing our connection to the parks, wild places, and open spaces we grew up with and cherish. Children, especially, are spending less time outside running and playing, fishing and hunting, and connecting to the outdoors just down the street or outside of town.“

In an effort to respond to the President’s Initiative, Prescott Creeks will again host Run for the Creeks – and is adding a special 1 K Run for Kids to their 5K and 10K runs on August 28, 2010.  Children ten and younger can run at a special time of their own, 9:30 AM.  The adult 5K and 10K runs begin at 8 AM and the “Kids Run” begins at 9:30.  The races start and finish at the Willow Lake Boat ramp in Willow Lake Park.

Arizona Road Racers will officiate the race and time runners to accurately determine winners.

The Race fee for Kids is $10 no matter when you sign up.  The fee for adults is $25 until August 14, 2010. After August 14, the Adults race fee is $30. Children will receive the same benefits as adults – T-shirts, goody bags, refreshments and a chance to win a beautiful medal.  There will be gold, silver and bronze medals for the first, second and third place winners in both boys and girls categories, as well as all adult categories.

Running on trails in a beautiful local park is a great way to introduce young people to a sport that families can enjoy together.  It is an outdoor activity that both boys and girls can continue into adulthood. The benefits to health are well known, and running can also be a way to make new friends.

Prescott Creeks Prescott Creeks is a nonprofit organization with the mission to promote, protect and celebrate riparian ecosystems. It has a history of providing important volunteer activities for people of all ages in our community.  Learning how to restore habitat, improve water quality and care for our creeks builds citizenship and is making Prescott a healthier, more beautiful place to live and enjoy nature. Proceeds from the Run support the work of Prescott Creeks.

For more information about Run for the Creeks you can contact Prescott Creeks by phone 928-445-5669, by email, or visit www.PrescottCreeks.org/Run.