Norman Bird Sanctuary has announced that they will host their
13th Annual 5K Run/Walk, in memory of David Leys, Jr, on Saturday, June 15th.

“Runners fly past Hanging Rock, Second Beach, and Narragansett Bay on the most beautiful 5K route in the state,” Norman Bird Sanctuary states in a press release announcing the event.

Hundreds of runners will start at Norman Bird Sanctuary, travel past iconic views of the ocean and Sachuest Point before finishing by the Third Beach dunes in front of cheering spectators.

Kids are invited to join the fun with the Frosty Freez Kids Run, a quarter-mile dash past rolling fields filled with bird houses.

A USA Track & Field sanctioned race, this downhill 5K is perfect for competitive runners to set their personal records and qualify for future races.

“This special 5K route is the perfect first road race for young runners and families,” said Lesley Muir, director of special events in the announcement, “We are delighted to welcome the community to celebrate the open space they are helping to protect.”

Runners and spectators will meet back at Norman Bird Sanctuary for complimentary refreshments, music by Newport Sound & Entertainment, and an awards ceremony honoring the runners and supporters.

The proceeds from the event directly support Norman Bird Sanctuary’s mission to preserve 325 acres of wildlife habitat and provide educational opportunities for learners of all ages.

The 13th Annual 5K also honors the memory of David Leys Jr., a native islander who helped create this special event. After a courageous five year battle against ALS, Dave passed away in August of 2017.

Registration: $30. Frosty Freez Kids Run: $5.

Race starts at 8:30 a.m. Frosty Freez Kids Run at 8:15 a.m. Rain or Shine.

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