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NAPLES (Sept. 21) – Friends of Rookery Bay will hold an Adventure Race and Fun Run from 9:00 to 11:30 a.m. on Saturday, Dec. 1 at the Rookery Bay Environmental Learning Center, 300 Tower Road. Individuals and teams of two will participate in a 3k kayak or stand-up paddle (SUP) along Henderson Creek along with a 5k trail run. Fun Run participants will enjoy the 5k trail run, and children 10 and younger are invited to participate in a free 1/3-mile Fun Run.

“The Adventure Race is a great way to showcase the estuary environment that Rookery Bay Research Reserve scientists and educators work to protect,” says Athan Barkoukis, Executive Director of the non-profit Friends of Rookery Bay, which supports the reserve. “Racers on the kayaks and paddleboards will enjoy the shallow, clear waters of Henderson Creek as well as the beautiful red, black and white mangroves along the banks that are so instrumental in protecting our coastline. And, runners will weave among a scrub brush and pineland forest trail system that showcases the natural environment. The day is a great way for individuals and families to enjoy nature-based physical exercise.”

All participants will receive a t-shirt (sizes guaranteed if registered before Nov. 1), post-race refreshments, and free admission to the Environmental Learning Center, which features aquariums, a touch tank, natural history exhibits, an art gallery and a gift shop. Awards will be presented to the top finishers in each category: men, women, individual, relays, tandem-teams, kayak-run and SUP-run. Individual registration is $35 until Nov. 2, $40 from Nov. 3-30 and $50 on event day. Kayaks may be reserved on a first-come, first-served basis for $20.


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