Seacoast Science Center’s Ocean Runner Nichole gives a quick recap of the Rescue Run: Race for Marine Mammals held Saturday, April 22, 2017 in Odiorne Point State Park. Seven hundred and thirty six runners and walkers hit the trails to help save the seals!
The Center combined their Earth Day celebration with the event, which added to the festivities. The crowd enjoyed music, face painting, and eco-friendly activities, including a mock seal rescue. The Blue Ocean Society for Marine Conservation led a beach cleanup after the race, teaching participants about the dangers marine debris pose on sea life and humans alike. One hundred and thirty five participants collected over 211 pounds of debris on the shore.
According to Race Director, Ashley Stokes, “Despite the fact that the weather was cold and damp, we had overwhelmingly positive feedback from both runners and walkers alike, who expressed great appreciation for the well groomed trails, cheers from volunteers along the route, post-race snacks and activities, and awesome prizes. Thanks go to the over 70 day-of volunteers, dozens who put in countless hours to make the event possible, and to the business community for donating so many great snacks and prizes.”
Special thanks go to media sponsors z107 FM and 95.3 The Bull, and to sponsors Atlantic Grill, Kennebunk Savings, New Hampshire State Parks, NH Department of Environmental Services, NextEra Energy, PromoCentric, and ReVision Energy for their generous support.
Complete race results can be found at www.millenniumrunning.com/2017-results.