Virtual Race: Run for the Refuge!
1M | 5K | 10K
Run for the Refuge!
The Virtual Race will be held September 1 2022 - September 30, 2022. Registration opens July 15!
Lace up your running shoes and help to protect critical wetland habitats at Ottawa National Wildlife Refuge during our virtual race.
What does that mean? You can complete your race on your own at Ottawa National Wildlife Refuge, in your community, or even on a treadmill.
Plan to walk? Take along our Run for the Refuge Scavenger Hunt and see if you can find everything on the list!
We exist because...
Fresh water is a finite resource. We are working to protect it. The Ottawa National Wildlife Refuge Complex is located along the southern shore of Lake Erie, the 11th largest lake in the world. The Great Lakes contain about 20% of the world's fresh water but they are in jeopardy. The wetlands at Ottawa National Wildlife Refuge play a critical role in the Lake Erie ecosystem, acting as the kidneys of the landscape; working to protect NW Ohio's drinking water, work, and leisure. They also provide important nesting and stopover habitat for birds, fish, and wildlife. Friends of Ottawa National Wildlife Refuge works to support Ohio's only national wildlife refuge complex through fundraising and volunteerism so that we can be the change that our wildlife and community deserve.
Because this is now a virtual event, 100% of your registration fee will support Friends of Ottawa National Wildlife Refuge and our mission.
What exactly do we do? Some of our recent accomplishments include:
What are you waiting for? Register to Run for the Refuge today!
If you've never done a virtual race before, you just register online as usual, select swag options (t-shirts, water bottle, etc.), and then do the race on your own. With virtual races, you can complete the distance on your treadmill at home, on Ottawa National Wildlife Refuge's trails, or even around your neighborhood. Then just log your time by September 30, 2022. Consider completing our 1M, 5K, or 10K event to help us continue raising funds for conservation during this crazy new reality. Swag options are pre-order. Any swag options that you purchase will be mailed to you or be made available for pickup after the race by September 30, 2022.
If you choose to race at Ottawa National Wildlife Refuge, we have a recommended route for the 1M and 5K options. These courses are on gravel hiking trails and provide you an opportunity to see a variety of habitats and wildlife - including Bald Eagles! Since the courses are on our hiking trails, you can come back and exercise at Ottawa National Wildlife Refuge whenever the mood strikes you. Trails are open from sunrise to sunset with some seasonal closures for maintenance and Bald Eagle nest protection.