Runners can once again lace up for a good cause, as the 16th Annual 5K Run for the Ridley kicks off later this month.
The event, to benefit the Riverhead Foundation for Marine Research and Preservation, will raise funds for the rehabilitation of cold-stunned sea turtles in the coastal waters off New York, and takes place on Oct. 26 from 10 a.m. until 1 p.m.
Participants should check in beginning at 8 a.m. at the easternmost end of the municipal parking lot adjacent to the Peconic River.
The event is open to runners of all ages and levels of experience. The 5K course begins on Main Street in Riverhead, heads through a residential neighborhood, and finishes on McDermott Avenue. Race timed by Island Timing. USA Track and Field Certified.
Awards will be given to top three male and female overall, plus, top three male and female in the following categories: nine and under, 10- 14, 15-19, 20-24, 25-29, 30-34, 35-39, 40-44, 45-49, 50-54, 55-59, 60-64, 65-69, 70-74, 75 and over.
Early registration is $17 if postmarked by October 19; late registration, between Oct. 20 and 25, is $20. Race day registration is $25. Event T-shirt to first 300 registered. For more information and registration details, click here.
Those who raise the following amounts will receive prizes:
$25: Riverhead Foundation water bottle $100: Riverhead Foundation water bottle plus a stuffed turtle $150: Riverhead Foundation water bottle, stuffed turtle, and an animal adoption $250: All the above plus a seal cruise gift certificate for two