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Spawning Run to raise funds, awareness for local fisheries conservation

The University of Wisconsin-Green Bay student chapter of the American Fisheries Society is hosting its first ever UWGB Spawning Run at 10 a.m. Saturday, Oct. 17. The run will take place on the UW-Green Bay campus along the paths of the Cofrin Arboretum. The race route is 3.1 miles of winding trails through a campus forest (wood-chipped trails, grass and gravel) beginning and ending behind the Kress Events Center.

All proceeds from the run benefit American Fisheries Society student research and local habitat restoration projects. The American Fisheries Society is the world’s oldest and largest organization dedicated to strengthening the fisheries profession, advancing fisheries science and conserving fisheries resources.

Race day registration and packet pickup begins at 8 a.m. near the starting line. Participants will receive a t-shirt with registration and have a chance to participate in a raffle. Awards will be given to the top three finishers. The cost to register is $20 before Oct. 3 and $25 after. Members of the American Fisheries Society as well as UW-Green Bay alumni, students and staff receive a $5 discount.

The Spawning Run is being held in conjunction with the third annual Alumni Days on Oct.16 and 17 on the UW-Green Bay campus. Following the race, participants can join with the community for “Phoenix Fest,” in the green space between the Kress Events Center and the University Union. Phoenix Fest will be held from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. with free food, refreshments and live music. Families can enjoy bounce houses, zip lines, ultimate Frisbee, scavenger hunts, athletics events and more.

Registration is being accepted online. Registration forms are available on the UW-Green Bay campus at the University Union and the Alumni Office, or contact organizer Marian Shaffer. General information can be found on their Facebook page.

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