The Friends of Wild River State Park invite individuals and families seeking fresh air, exercise and fall color to sign up for the Otter Trotter 5K run/walk on Saturday, Oct. 10.
“It’s a wonderful time of year to get outdoors,” said park naturalist Mike Dunker, “and Wild River State Park has one of the most beautiful 5K courses in the state.”
Registration forms and a route map can be downloaded from the park website. They are also available at the park or by contacting Dunker at 651-583-2125, ext. 227, or firstname.lastname@example.org. Registration is $15 until Oct. 1 and $25 after that. The registration fee will include a T-shirt (while supplies last), with all proceeds going to the Friends of Wild River to help support park programs.
Participants can pick up bib numbers and T-shirts at the park from 8:30 to 9:45 a.m. on race day. The run/walk will start at 10 a.m., along paved and unpaved surfaces from the picnic shelter to the site of Nevers Dam, along the west bank of the St. Croix River, and past native prairie before finishing along a section of the park’s Old Logging Trail.
Awards will be given to the top finishers, and all those under age 12 will receive a prize.
Wild River State Park is located 15 miles east of North Branch and 12 miles north of Taylors Falls, just off of Highway 95 near Almelund. A vehicle permit ($5/day or $25/year) is required to enter the park.
For more information, including directions to the park, visit the DNR website or www.friendsofwildriver.org.