WATERTOWN – The Tug Hill Tomorrow Land Trust will host the 4th Annual Race for Open Space 5K run / walk 10K run Saturday to celebrate farmland protection in the town of Philadelphia. The Race for Open Space is suitable for all ages and perfect for the whole family.
Tug Hill Tomorrow Land Trust has partnered with Fort Drum and Ducks Unlimited to conserve the land bordering the installation as part of the Army Compatible Use Buffer program. The purpose of the program is to limit encroachment near training areas. Race participants will travel past several of the protected farms along the race route.
The event also links the importance of land protection with the economic vitality of North Country communities: clean water, places to hike and bike, outdoor educational opportunities for kids, and family farms that help produce fresh, local food.
Both races will begin at 8 a.m. Saturday at the Philadelphia Town Park, Route 29. Registration will open at 6:30 a.m. and end at 7:45. Participants are encouraged to preregister online at www.tughilltomorrowlandtrust.org/race-for-open-space. The registration fee is $20.
All participants will receive a light breakfast, and awards will be presented to top runners.
THTLT is a nonprofit regional organization that works with private landowners to protect and foster responsible stewardship practices of working forest, farm, recreation and wild lands within the Tug Hill Region.
The 2,100 square-mile Tug Hill Region covers parts of Jefferson, Lewis, Oneida and Oswego counties. THTLT provides conservation planning, land registry and conservation easement programs for landowners, as well as educational materials and presentations for groups.
For additional information, visit the organization’s website at www.TugHillTomorrowLandTrust.org, email at firstname.lastname@example.org, write P.O. Box 6063, Watertown NY 13601 or call 779-8240.
Tug Hill Tomorrow Land Trust