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Run For the River - 5K Road Race or Health Walk

A 5K Road Race/Walk & Celebration honoring Dr. Marc J. Taylorwill be held on Saturday, October 31st.

As his medical career wound down, Dr. Marc Taylor became a champion for rivers and environmental stewardship across the nation. Dr. Taylor’s work as a doctor and an environmentalist blended seamlessly. 60% of our bodies are made of water. We need to make sure that water is healthy and safe. Taylor founded the Pomperaug River Watershed Coalition in 1999 to protect the quality and quantity of water in a 90-square mile area. For Dr. Taylor, the key to preserving the Pomperaug River lay in helping people experience it first hand. He believed after seeing it and getting their feet wet they’d understand its importance. To honor the Dr. Taylor, renowned for his dedication to science and environmentalism, The Pomperaug River Watershed Coalition will host its 3rd annual Run for the River on 5K on October 31, 2015.

We expect over 300 people from both New Haven and Litchfield counties to run, walk, cheer or volunteer at the 3rd annual Run for the River 5K on October 31, 2015. The event will begin at 9 am with registration opening up at 8 am. Anyone interested is encouraged to pre-register online. All ages & abilities are welcome, including strollers.

The race and health walk will begin and end at River Glen Health Care Center on South Britain Road in Southbury. The race course is a fairly flat USATF certified 5k route over scenic country roads during one of the most beautiful times of the year. Timing will be handled by Fast Track Timing. All proceeds from the event will benefit the Pomperaug River Watershed Coalition.

The Pomperaug River Watershed Coalition (PRWC) is dedicated to preserving the vitality of Connecticut's Pomperaug River Watershed. PRWC has evolved into a nationally recognized model for scientific investigation, municipal assistance, stakeholder collaboration, community education, and volunteer engagement.

PRWC's programs and services include: research and development of scientific watershed, river and aquifer data; technical assistance; and the provision of educational programs and hands-on activities to children, residents, businesses, and town officials.

The Pomperaug Watershed is a 90 square-mile basin, which is a vibrant aquatic habitat that supports a healthy fish population; a key source for high quality drinking water; and a priceless source of scenic beauty. It includes three main rivers, the Pomperaug, Nonnewaug, and Weekeepeemee, and the underground aquifer, as well as the land that encompasses these water resources which flow to the Housatonic River. Many residents of the towns of Woodbury, Southbury and Bethlehem and many neighboring communities receive their water from the Pomperaug aquifer.

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