GAINESVILLE –– The Florida Museum of Natural History will hold its first 5K on Saturday, Feb. 11 to help celebrate the opening of the new featured exhibit “Frogs! A Chorus of Colors.”
The “Froggy 5K” will begin at 8:30 a.m. in the University of Florida Cultural Plaza commuter lot. The race route will include a combination of trails in the UF Natural Area Teaching Laboratory and campus roads.
“Race participants have an opportunity to see trails in their own backyard that they might not have discovered yet,” said Florida Museum volunteer coordinator and race organizer Amy Hester. “We hope they discover their love of nature during the run.”
Registration is $30, or $20 for UF students, and will begin at 7:30 a.m. on Feb. 11. Only cash or checks will be accepted. Checks should be made payable to the University of Florida.
Participants will receive a long-sleeved T-shirt and free entry into the “Frogs!” exhibit on race day. The race is open to all ages. Participants may pick up their early registration packets on Feb. 10 from 3-6 p.m. at the museum.
Medals will be given to all who complete the race, with awards presented to the top three age group winners. The museum will also hold a frog costume contest for prizes.
For more information or to register visit www.flmnh.ufl.edu/5K or call 352-273-2055.
The museum will also hold free activities and informational tables from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. that day in celebration of the new interactive exhibition that features live frog species from around the world and information on Florida Museum frog research.
The museum will display “Frogs!” through Sept. 4. The exhibit was created by Peeling Productions at Clyde Peeling’s Reptiland and sponsored in part with contributions from the 150th anniversary Cultural Plaza Endowment, UF Student Government and the Florida Division of Cultural Affairs.
For more information visit www.flmnh.ufl.edu/frogs or call 352-846-2000.