Hall Creek Scamper July 21 at Severson Dells

Green, serene, and lean. The Hall Creek Scamper will combine these three elements July 21 in a morning full of fitness and education in nature. The event includes a 5k Open Race, a 5k Youth (high school and younger) Race, and a 1 Mile Walk/Run/Scavenger Hunt. The Open 5k will begin at 8 a.m. The youth event will begin at 8:45 and the walk at 9:30 a.m.

GREEN. The Hall Creek Scamper will be a “green” event. Waste output and energy inputs will be minimized, course markings will be low impact, and part of each race entry fee will be used to buy carbon offsets to diminish the race’s carbon footprint. Organic cotton t-shirts are guaranteed to the first 150 registered participants. Businesses and organizations that promote the environment will be invited to showcase their products and services. The prizes at the event will also involve a nature theme.

SERENE. The event will take place on the scenic trails and roads of Severson Dells forest preserve on 8786 Montague Road, 4 miles southwest of Rockford. Participants will traverse through woods and meadows. Participants in the walk will have the opportunity to learn about northern Illinois wildlife by participating in a scavenger hunt highlighting the unique scenery on the course.

LEAN. The Hall Creek Scamper promotes fitness in nature. The Youth race will include a team competition that will encourage Rockford-area youth to participate in running and fitness related activities. The Open race will also include a team race, which will encourage camaraderie and group fitness. The walk/run will encourage the synthesis of fitness and fun for all who participate.

Proceeds from the run will benefit education programs at the Severson Dells Nature Center, a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization. The Nature Center’s mission is to link people to nature through education and research in our region.

Printable race forms and more information are available at the Severson Dells Nature Center’s web site: http://seversondells.org. E-mail dellsgreenrun@gmail.com with any questions or comments.

from the July 5-10, 2007, issue

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