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City of Knoxville, Tennessee
Madeline Rogero, Mayor

For Immediate Release
Ijams Run/Walk So The Cranes Can Fly
Entry Form & Course Map

April 13, 2005 - Be a part of the 2nd Annual Ijams Off-Roadrunner 10K Greenway & Trail Run and 4K Trail Walk (new for 2005) at Ijams Nature Center.

On, Sunday, April 17th, the run starts at 3:00 p.m. Walk starts at 4:00 p.m.

Ijams Nature Center is proud to partner with the Knoxville Track Club and Operation Migration to raise funds and awareness for the endangered whooping crane - the largest and rarest crane in the world. In 1940, only 16 cranes remained. Today, conservation efforts by Operation Migration and the Whooping Crane Eastern Partnership have increased the population to around 450 whooping cranes, all genetic descendants of the original 16. In 2005, Ijams will incorporate educational programs featuring the history and conservation successes surrounding this majestic bird in area schools. An indoor interpretive exhibit at Ijams is also planned.

Proceeds benefit Ijams Nature Center's educational programs with a portion supporting Operation Migration. Since 2001, Operation Migration have trained fledgling whooping cranes to follow ultra-light planes along the eastern-migratory route from Wisconsin - Florida In 2004, 12 cranes successfully made the journey during fall migration and will return north in the spring with other whooping cranes as wild birds.

Entry Fees

  • Run $15/Walk $12 if registered before April 9, 2004.
  • Run $20/Walk $15 if registering on day of event
  • Ijams and KTC members eligible for Run ($3) and Walk ($2) discounts on pre-registration only
  • No discounts on event day.

    All runners and walkers will receive a fantastic whooping crane T-shirt. You'll also have the opportunity to meet Bill Lishman, founder of Operation Migration, international sculptor, photographer and inventor. Bill will be at Ijams for 2 -6pm to sign copies of his book, Father Goose. Runners will also be eligible for overall and age division awards.

    To learn more about Ijams and to download an entry form and course map go to:


    Learn more about our partners online at www.operationmigration.org and www.ktc.org

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