West Virginia University students and Morgantown residents of all ages have a second chance to celebrate Earth Day this weekend with the Earth Day Challenge on Saturday (April 28).

Impact E.A.R.T.H., which stands for Environmental Awareness and Respecting Tomorrow’s Home, is a 5K race and a 10K run that is designed to create awareness about the wide variety of environmental issues and to inform county residents of what can be done locally to help the earth.

All registration funds from the event will go to a community improvement grant program. The West Virginia Department of Environmental Protection sponsors the event.

The event will begin at the Hazel Ruby McQuain Amphitheatre with registration opening at 9:45 a.m. Both races will begin at 11 a.m. as well as an additional run for kids up to age 10 at 11:45 a.m. A scavenger hunt will be held at 1:30 p.m. and the day’s activities will end with performances by Mountaineer Idol finalists.

The 5K and 10K run awards will be presented to the first three male and female finishers in the age categories such as under 10, 11-15, 16-20, 21-24, 25-29, 30-34, 35-39, 40-44, 45-49, 50-54, 55-59, 60-64, 65-69 and 70 and up. A prize will also be given to the top three male and female finishers overall. Walk awards will be presented to the top two male and female finishers overall as well as in their respective age category. Each child participating in the age 10 and under run will receive a ribbon.

Additional sponsors for the event include Mon County Solid Waste Authority, BoParc and The Dominion Post.

For more information, visit http://www.iplayoutside.com/Events/2012/04/13893.html.



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304-216-1981, Larela@hotmail.com

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