Newport, Oregon—Wild animals are a centerpiece of visitor experience at the Oregon Coast Aquarium. The morning of May 16, however, humans will take center stage as they compete in the Flippers, Feathers & Fins 5K & Kids’ Dash.
Runners and walkers of all ages are invited to flock to Newport for the annual event, now in its 3rd year. The scenic route winds through the Aquarium and along the Yaquina Bay estuary where racers will be greeted with facts about native wildlife.
The 5K is open to runners and walkers 10 years and older. The closed-course 1K Kids’ Dash race is perfect for aspiring little athletes ages two to nine years old. Parents are invited to accompany their children on this run through the Aquarium’s grounds.
Flippers, Feathers & Fins 5K & Kids’ Dash participants will receive an official finisher medal, post-race refreshments and free admission to the Aquarium for the day.
Race entry is $35 for the 5K, and $20 for the Kids’ Dash. A $5 early registration discount is available through May 3. Discounts are also available for Aquarium members. All proceeds benefit the animal care and marine science education programs at the Aquarium.
Tech race shirts are available to preorder for $5. Shirts will also be available for sale on race day, but size availability may be limited.
Racers with strollers are welcome but should be aware the course has uneven ground with some gravel.
Runners can register and review event details at http://bit.ly/OCAq5k.
The Flippers, Feathers & Fins 5K & Kids’ Dash is made possible thanks to the support of the Newport New Times, Samaritan Pacific Health Services and Portland Running Company.
The Oregon Coast Aquarium is dedicated to the highest quality aquatic and marine science programs for recreation and education so that the public better understands, cherishes, and conserves the world’s natural marine and coastal resources. An accredited Association of Zoos & Aquariums institution, this 501(c)3 non-profit organization is ranked as one of the top 10 aquariums in the U.S. Visit us at 2820 S.E. Ferry Slip Rd., Newport, OR. www.aquarium.org, 541-867-3474. Follow us on Facebook.com/OregonCoastAquarium, or Twitter.com/OrCoastAquarium for the latest updates.