Join the AWARE Night Owl 5K!

Participants in the 2020 AWARE Night Owl 5K. Credit: AWARE

From April 9-18, nature enthusiasts can show their support for Georgia’s native wildlife by participating in the virtual Atlanta Wild Animal Rescue Effort (AWARE) Night Owl 5K, presented by the Arabia Mountain Heritage Area Alliance.

Taking place virtually in order to ensure COVID-19 safety, participants can walk, stroll, or run the 5K and win prizes! Proceeds from the event fund AWARE’s year-round work in rehabilitating Georgia’s injured and orphaned native animals including owls, squirrels, beavers, egrets, hawks, turtles, and many more. Registration is online.

You can complete the 5K in the NHA or at home! Above, two participants at Panola Mountain State Park. Credit: AWARE

All participants will receive a new t-shirt specially designed for the event. Medals will be given to the fastest finishers in each age group and there will be awards for the best costumes. The first place overall finishers (male and female) will receive gift cards and paintings created by AWARE wildlife ambassadors, the resident animals that cannot be released back into the wild that live at AWARE.

Don’t miss out on the fun- sign up today! The official date of the race is April 10th, but times can be recorded and submitted between April 9th and 18th.

Not only is the Arabia Alliance supporting the 5K – staff and board members will be participating in the event as well! “AWARE is one of the core partners of the National Heritage Area, and their work has a tremendous impact on the wildlife endemic to Georgia,” said Revonda Cosby, Executive Director of the Arabia Alliance. “As soon as we made the decision to sponsor the event, our staff started asking, ‘Can we join in?’ Now we’ll have several board and staff members running in the race. They can’t wait!”

Winners will be announced following the April 18th completion date.

Join the 5K and earn prizes! Sign up today. Credit: AWARE