The third annual Corvallis Green Run 5K will have a St. Patrick’s Day flavor when runners and walkers line up for the 10 a.m. start on Saturday, March 17.
Proceeds will be used to fund Corvallis Middle School outdoor education program projects, including construction of an outdoor classroom, school bike maintenance, science and nature journal supplies and much more.
This year’s race begins and ends on Chaffin Lane, near the high school tennis courts.
Registration includes a t-shirt designed by a CMS student, after-race snacks and a bonfire. The top three finishers in each of three categories – open, youth and masters – receive awards.
A costume contest, door prizes and a one-mile fun run and walk will round out the morning. Participants in the mile run receive glitter mustaches, while the top three finishers in the 5K will choose from an assortment of St.Patrick’s Day hats.
The CMS outdoor education program includes conducting research and other activities at the Teller Wildlife Refuge, nature journaling in Corvallis and farther afield and a bike program that has been a regular part of fifth and sixth grade class activities for more than three years.
Current fundraising efforts focus on construction of an outdoor classroom that will include native plants, pavers for a walkway and a shelter from sun and rain. Work on a granite walkway and a raised seating area has already begun. Race organizers are especially grateful for the outpouring of support from local businesses.
Runners can register online at www.cmsoutdooreducation.org. Race day registration and packet pick up for pre-registered runners starts at 9 a.m. For more information, contact Corvallis Middle School at 961-3007.