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
Entry FeesRun $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