Media Advisory Contact: Tara Thornton, Endangered Species Coalition (207) 268-2108
Rachel Piper, Race to Stop Extinction (207) 253-9293
Maine's First Premier “GREEN” Race
The Race to Stop Extinction
Celebrates Endangered Species Day; Raises Funds and Environmental Awareness
The first annual Race To Stop Extinction is poised to be one of Portland’s most well attended and talked about 5k races in 2010. The RTSE is more than just another 5 K. It's a concert, a mini-expo, and a party. The course is around the city’s most popular running/walking trail, Back Cove. The after party will be held at Payson Park and includes the award ceremony, local organic refreshments, live music, face painting, informational and educational displays by local conservation groups, massage and more!
Held in May, the event coincides with Endangered Species Month in Maine and National Endangered Species Day which is celebrated on May 21st
The RTSE’s beneficiary is the Endangered Species Coaliton, www.stopextinction.org
ESC is the only national organization that is dedicated 100% to protecting endangered species in the USA. They act as a guardian of the Endangered Species act; the safety net for the nation’s wildlife, fish and
plants on the brink of extinction. All proceeds for the Race for Extinction will be donated to the ESC.
The Race to Stop Extinction has also been recognized by “Athletes For A Fit Planet” as a Green Event. By pledging to abide by several criteria including organic race tees, organized recycling, ride share and organic foods. It is the only 5k race with this Green distinction in Maine.
Where: 5 K Run/Walk around Back Cove, Portland Maine 9AM; Kid's Fun Run 10:30 AM and After Party at Payson Park Triangle 11 AM
When: Sunday, May 23rd from 9 Am till approximately 1 PM
Free Concert: Wayne from Maine, Lynn Deeves, Colleen Sexton, and Lady Zen
Who: Over 200 race participants, a dozen conservation groups and local businesses.
Members of the public and Media is strongly encouraged to attend all or part of the day.
Why: The Race to Stop Extinction is a way to raise funds and awareness about the importance of protecting endangered species!
Endangered Species Day and Month: This year marks the Fifth Anniversary. Endangered Species Day began in 2006 as a national day to celebrate America's commitment to protecting wildlife on the brink of extinction including; the bald eagle, humpback whale, piping plover, Canada lynx, and the New England cottontail.
Endangered Species Day/Month is an opportunity for people young and old to learn about the importance of protecting endangered species and everyday actions that people can take to help protect our nation's disappearing wildlife and last remaining open space.
Senator Collins is an original Cosponsor of the Endangered Species Resolution which passed the Senate once again on May 7th, 2010. (view resolution here: http://stopextinction.org/images/ALB10371.pdf )
Governor Baldacci's proclamation can be viewed here: https://org2.democracyinaction.org/o/6014/images/Proclamation_ME_ESMonth.jpg
For more information on Endangered Species Day, visit www.EndangeredSpeciesDay.org