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Race for Nature
By Connect Kids with Nature
Posted: Sunday, May 20, 2007

CNC and Hennen’s Partnering to Connect Kids with Nature


It’s time to lace up your running shoes and head to the starting line for the 2007 Race for Nature.  The Chattanooga Nature Center (CNC) and Hennen’s Restaurant are joining forces for this race to benefit the CNC. 


The CNC is a wonderful place for children and adults in the Chattanooga area to learn about the natural world around them.  This year’s race also offers a chance for everyone in the family to participate.  There will be a 10k, 5k, and 1 mile fun run/walk.  The 1 mile qualifies for credit in the Junior Marathon Series sponsored by the Chattanooga Track Club.


Runners will “take their marks” on the lawn of the Blue Plate Restaurant, Saturday, June 2nd.  After a run through Downtown and along the river walk, the runners will return to the lawn for live music, food and drinks.


Those interested don’t have to wait until June 2nd for a party.  Hennen’s is throwing a pre-registration party Wednesday, May 30th from 5:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m.  There will be a live auction and the first 50 participants will enjoy a wine sampling with light hors d’oeuvres.  The first 30 people will receive a plush owl from the Nature Center.  The party offers guests a chance to register for the race, pay a discounted $20 application fee and pick up goody bags filled with fun stuff and race information.


Anyone who can’t make it to the pre-party can fill out an application online at or pick one up at the Chattanooga Nature Center, Hennen’s and area Sports Barns.  The registration fee will be $25 after May 30th.  There will be time to register the day of the race beginning at 6:30 a.m.  The 10k race starts at 7:30 a.m. and the 5k starts at 7:15 a.m.  The 1 mile, affectionately called “The Hoot” will begin at 8 a.m.


The focus of the race this year is the positive impact of the Nature Center on children.  Every year the Nature Center offers environmental education to an estimated 15,000 school children through programs inside and outside of the classroom. These programs include lessons on the importance of their environment and how to sustain it for future generations.


Participating in the 2007 “Race for Nature” is an opportunity for Chattanooga area citizens to help fund this essential environmental education.


A huge thank you to the sponsors of 2007 Race for Nature:  Hennen’s Restaurant, Chattem, Economy Honda, Atomic Films, Citadel Broadcasting, Human Concepts LLC, Comcast, Panera Bread and Coca-Cola Bottling Company.



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