16th Annual 5K Wildlife Rescue Run Supports Alaska SeaLife Center’s Wildlife Response Program

Alaska SeaLife Center Press Release

Seward, AK – July 23, 2014 –The Alaska SeaLife Center is hosting its 16th Annual 5K Wildlife Rescue Run/Walk on Saturday, August 2. The fundraiser supports the rescue and rehabilitation mission of the Center’s Wildlife Response Program. This has been a busy year for the stranding program, admitting one spotted seal, two sea otter pups, 14 harbor seals, and numerous seabirds and raptors.

RehabRunThe 5K race route follows a generally flat course along the scenic Seward waterfront. Walkers and runners are invited to register online at www.alaskasealife.org. Race bibs and t-shirts will be available for pick up in the Alaska SeaLife Center lobby on August 2 between 9:00 am and 11:30 am. Untimed walkers will start the course at 11:15 am; and the starting gun for the timed run goes off at noon. Awards will be presented at 3:00 pm.

Supporters unable to be in Seward on Saturday can still participate as a “virtual runner.” Virtual runners can run the 5K wherever and whenever they want, or not at all. Virtual runners should register online by August 31. Registrants will receive a gift in the mail and are encouraged to submit a photo of them running to be placed on the Center’s Facebook page.

All participants in the 5K and virtual run that register by August 31 will be eligible for a prize drawing for 25,000 Alaska Airlines miles made possible through the support of GCI.



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Premier race sponsors include Shell and ConocoPhillips. Other sponsors include BP, Wells Fargo, Hotel Seward, Petro Marine, J&R Fisheries, Kruzof Fisheries, TelAlaska, Dr. Michael P. Moriarty, DDS., Alaska Serigraphics, Eureka Pizza, PenAir, Grant Aviation, and Seward Parks and Recreation Department.

The Alaska SeaLife Center is a private non-profit research institution and visitor attraction, which generates and shares scientific knowledge to promote understanding and stewardship of Alaska’s marine ecosystems. The Alaska SeaLife Center is an accredited member of the Association of Zoos and Aquariums and the Alliance of Marine Mammal Parks and Aquariums. For additional information, visit www.alaskasealife.org.

The Alaska SeaLife Center operates a 24-hour hotline for the public to report stranded marine mammals or birds, and encourages people who have found a stranded or sick marine animal to avoid touching or approaching the animal. Call first! 1-888-774-SEAL

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