The Potomac Valley Audubon Society is now taking registrations for its 12th annual "This Race is for the Birds!" event, which will be held the morning of Saturday, April 20.
The event will be held on the 538-acre campus of the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service's National Conservation Training Center (NCTC) just outside Shepherdstown.
It will include two professionally timed races-one 4.9 miles long and another 7.7 miles long.
There will also be a self-timed 2-mile community jog/walk for families and individuals who prefer a slower pace, and a 1-mile "Fun Run" for children under 10 years of age.
The children's Fun Run will be free. Fees for the other portions of the event will range from $15 to $25.
The two timed races will follow trails that wind through the forests and fields of the NCTC campus.
The 2-mile jog/walk will follow a course that will be very user-friendly for families with small children and trail-friendly baby joggers will be appropriate and encouraged.
The trails on the NCTC campus are not normally open to the general public so this will be a good opportunity to visit and enjoy the facility's beautiful trail network.
The two timed races will begin at 9:00 a.m. The jog/walk will begin shortly afterward and the children's Fun Run will be held at about 10:45 a.m.
All proceeds from the event will be used to support Potomac Valley Audubon's programs for children, and all fees will be tax deductible.