Alaska SeaLife Center 5K set for Aug. 3

The 2019 tee-shirt design by Salmon Sisters for the Alaska SeaLife Center’s 2019 Wildlife Rescue Run & Walk. Photo courtesy of ASLC
A runner on Seward’s waterfront along Resurrection Bay during the Alaska SeaLife Center’s annual Wildlife Rescue Run & Walk. Photo courtesy of ASLC

Online registration is open for the Alaska SeaLife Center’s 21st annual Wildlife Rescue Run & Walk on Aug. 3, to benefit the ASLC’s Wildlife Response Program.

The 5K race route, which follows a generally flat course along the Seward waterfront, is open to walkers and runners of all levels, even those who can’t actually be there.

All participants, including virtual runners, will receive a limited-edition tee shirt designed by the Salmon Sisters.

Race participants may register online via the link found at alaskasealife.org for $35 per person through Aug. 2, and $40 on the day of the race. Supporters who can’t be in Seward on race can may sign up online as virtual runners for $40, which includes shipping cost for the tee shirt.

Race bibs will be available for pickup from 10 a.m. to 11:45 a.m. Aug. 3 at the SeaLife Center lobby. The race begins at noon. The presentation of race awards and drawings for door prizes will follow at 2 p.m.

So far this year, ASLC has received 213 distressed animal calls resulting in admission of one sea otter, one bearded seal, one spotted seal and nine harbor seals. The center also has responded to some unusual calls this summer, including for two sub-adult elephant seals.

ASLC operates a 24-hour hotline for the public to report stranded marine mammals or birds and encourages people who have founded stranded or sick marine animals to avoid touching or approaching them. Call first to 1-888-774-SEAL.