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Walk, Ride, and Runoff Event

April 28, 2005

MN Sea Grant puts on an environmental education event in Duluth, MN

Spirit Mountain, the Lake Superior Zoo, and Minnesota Sea Grant are teaming up to host a unique, environmental awareness event this spring. On May 21, people are invited to traverse Spirit Mountain at their own pace, on foot or bicycle, to learn about storm water runoff and water quality. The event coincides with the Lake Superior Zoo’s Earth Tracks festivities.

Participants have a choice of taking part in either a 3-mile walk or a 15k bike and run. The walk begins at the Spirit Mountain ski chalet and ends at Lake Superior Zoo, incorporating a grand scavenger hunt.

The 15k bike and run takes place over rugged terrain, using a unique “Ride-and-Tie” format. “Ride-and-Tie” races combine trail running, endurance riding, and strategy. One member of the 2-person team starts out running, and the other begins on the bike. At a strategic point, the rider drops the bike and continues down the trail on foot. When the runner catches up to the bike, they take over riding. The teams must switch at least four times over the course of the race. This event begins at the Lake Superior Zoo parking lot and takes place on the environmentally sustainable mountain bike trails of Spirit Mountain.

The event begins at 9:00 am on Saturday, May 21. All participants are asked to meet at the Lake Superior Zoo at 7210 Fremont Ave. A bus will transport walkers to Spirit Mountain. The cost for the walk is $10, or $25 for a family of 3 or more. The cost for the Ride-and-Tie race is $25 for a two-person team. All participants will receive a FREE t-shirt, and prizes will be awarded!

Spirit Mountain’s Director of Marketing, Briana Schaub, says, “I am excited about this new event. It’s an opportunity for people to come out and experience this beautiful environment, while learning some very beneficial information about storm water runoff and water quality.”

For information on the Walk, Ride, and Runoff event, contact Minnesota Sea Grant at (218) 726-8106 or by email at: seagr@d.umn.edu.

This race was made possible by a grant from the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources-Waters and Minnesota’s Lake Superior Coastal Program through the Coastal Zone Management Act, which is administered through the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration’s Office of Ocean and Coastal Resource Management.

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