Tuesday, April 21, 2009

Aquarium’s First 5K a Success

Kure Beach, NC – The NC Aquarium at Fort Fisher proved you can host a sustainable 5K race and fun family-oriented event. Over 170 runners turned out for the Aquarium’s Race for the Planet Seahorse Sprint on Sunday, April 19.

Inspired to set an example for the racing community, the Aquarium’s Green Team co-sponsored the Aquarium’s first 5K race along with Pepsi, Land Management Group, TrySports Wilmington and Connie Parker. Lowes Foods donated reusable cloth bags for the race information packets. Organic cotton shirts were given to all race participants. Banana peels and apple cores were collected at the post-race party for compost. Recycling containers for plastic water and sports drink bottles were provided.

The Casserole entertained the runners while waiting for race results. Top male and female overall winners were:

Female overall:
1st Erin Hogston with a time of 19:54
2nd Ann Rasmussen with a time of 19:58
3rd Tere Chipman with a time of 22:24
Male overall:
1st Shawn McKee with a time of 18:06
2nd Carl Hixon with a time of 18:18
3rd Rick Edwards with a time of 18:38

Race times for all runners and winners by age group can be found at: http://ecrun.org/results_detail.php?id=82

NC Aquarium at Fort Fisher is located just south of Kure Beach, near the mouth of the Cape Fear River, on U.S. 421. The site is less than a mile from the Fort Fisher ferry terminal. Hours: 9:00 am to 5:00 pm daily (closed Thanksgiving, Christmas, and New Year’s Day). Admission: $8 adults; $7 seniors; $6 ages 6-17. Free admission for: children under 6; registered groups of N.C. school children, and NC Aquarium Society members. General information: http://www.ncaquariums.com/.

*Photo available online at: http://www.ncaquariums.com/aquarium%E2%80%99s-first-5k-a-success

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