Today, The Nature Conservancy and Team Nature challenge area runners to run for the Chesapeake Bay and raise money to help plant millions of native baby oysters in sanctuaries. These sanctuaries not only help increase wild populations, but also help clean the Chesapeake’s waters and provide important nurseries and feeding grounds for rockfish and crabs. Over the past three years, the Conservancy and Pacers Events have raised funds to plant more than 10 million baby oysters in the Chesapeake. This year we are looking to do even more.
The top 20 fundraisers will earn a guaranteed spot in the GW Parkway Classic 10-miler—a popular race that always sells out early—on April 22, 2012. The top fundraiser also will win an exclusive two-night stay at our scenic Brownsville Preserve on Virginia’s Eastern Shore. This getaway includes lodging in a beautiful historic home not open to the public and opportunities for guided tours of the preserve with Conservancy staff, or simply to enjoy peace and quiet by the water. To learn more about the challenge, visit the Team Nature webpage: nature.org/rundc.
“Runners can help us make great strides in restoring the Chesapeake Bay by raising money, reducing their carbon footprint, growing native plants and reducing pollution on their properties and supporting local stream cleanup efforts,” said Mark Bryer, director of the Conservancy’s Chesapeake Bay Program. “It’s time to celebrate all the recreational opportunities, the wonderful seafood and the history of the Chesapeake Bay and give a little back.”
“Pacers is committed to bringing the best races to the DC area, and part of that commitment is making sure our races are some of the greenest around. Encouraging our runners to bring reusable water belts or bottles and recycling race day materials are some of the ways we are having a positive impact on the local environment,” said Kathy Dalby, managing partner of Pacers Events. “Doing our part for the Chesapeake Bay and the local trails we all love to run is important to us.”
The Nature Conservancy is a leading conservation organization working around the world to protect ecologically important lands and waters for nature and people. The Conservancy and its more than 1 million members have protected nearly 120 million acres worldwide. Visit The Nature Conservancy on the Web at www.nature.org.