Cornell Cooperative Extension of Suffolk County’s Marine Program Presents the 2nd Annual “Back to the Bays 5K on Saturday, May 14th. Our course starts and ends at Cedar Beach County Park, and features stunning views of Peconic Bay and it’s creeks and tributaries.
Following the race, runners and the general public are invited to our Open House and Family Fun Day on the grounds of our Marine Environmental Learning Center, located right next door to the race finish line at Cedar Beach County Park.
Proceeds will support Cornell Cooperative Extension’s Back to the Bays Initiative, which connects the public with opportunities to get involved with efforts to protect water quality, enhance marine habitat, and restore shellfish and finfish populations to our bays.
Date: Saturday May 14, 2016
Location: The race will start and end at Cedar Beach County Park, Southold, NY
Start time: 9:00 a.m.
$25 general registration, $20 for Back to the Bays Members.
The first 50 registrants are guaranteed tee shirts. Post-race refreshments and award ceremony for winners in each category. Awards to top runners in each category: 8-12, 13-19, 20-29, 30-39, 40-49, 50-59, 60-69, 70-79, 80+.
No Strollers or Baby Joggers: For the safety of all participants, strollers, baby joggers, bicycles, roller blades/skates, skateboards and pets are NOT permitted on the race courses.
About Cornell Cooperative Extension Marine Program:
Our waters are an integral part of life for us, making Long Island a desirable place to live. The Marine Program, which became part of CCE in 1985, is known and respected nationally and internationally. Its mission is to protect our waters, providing a clean environment for our fish, fowl and plants.
Our researchers and educators are busy working to inform Long Islanders how we can each do our part to safeguard our environment. Projects have been designed to bring back our once thriving eelgrass and shell fish populations, ensure our commercial fishing industry continues to thrive while limiting bycatch, provide public education about environmental consequences of storm water runoff, and introduce our young people to marine sciences and marine life on Long Island.
In order to offer communities, individuals, and businesses opportunities to help us expand our efforts, the Back to the Bays Initiative was born! Our goal is to increase stakeholder engagement in our water quality protection initiatives, habitat improvement projects, shellfish and finfish research and restoration and youth and community education experiences. By providing time, energy, and/or monetary support, local communities and individuals alike can play a significant part in the success and expansion of the many important initiatives of CCE’s Marine Program.
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