On Saturday, April 13, the High Country will welcome the inaugural Run for Wildlife Half-Marathon benefitting Lees-McRae's Blue Ridge Wildlife Institute. Registration is open now with a registration fee of $55.
With a 9 a.m. start, this race will cover 13.1 miles of beautiful mountain property. The race will begin at Sugar Mountain, continue through Banner Elk and the Lees-McRae College campus. It will then wind up through Matney and end back in Banner Elk at the Best Western Plus Mountain Lodge where there will be live entertainment at the finish line.
A couple steep hill climbs and an average altitude of 3500 feet make this a challenging run, but the finale is downhill with beautiful vistas, making it all worth it. At the finish line there will be a runner's lunch provided by Subway, photo opportunities with the animals from the Blue Ridge Wildlife Institute, and an awards ceremony.
This run was organized to benefit the Blue Ridge Wildlife Institute, a non-profit organization dedicated to wildlife rehabilitation, environmental education, and research. This institute is an intricate part of Lees-McRae's Wildlife Biology program, specifically, their concentration in Wildlife Rehabilitation. The Blue Ridge Wildlife Institute, located in the new, state-of-the-art May Wildlife Rehabilitation Center, and its volunteers and students help rehabilitate more than 1,000 animals each year.
Race registration will be from 12 p.m. until 8 p.m. on Friday April 12 at the Best Western Plus Mountain Lodge. For more information on this run or to register, please visit http://runforwildlife.racesonline.com/.
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