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Beaver Lake: Mid-Winter Blues Run

Beaver Lake will host its sixth Mid-Winter Blues Run Sunday Feb. 6.

The Nature Center has become a favorite location for outdoor enthusiasts to pursue fitness activities such as running. In an effort to encourage year round outdoor activity and help bridge the gap from fall to spring, Beaver Lake has organized this event.

The run is 5K and it begins and ends at the Visitor Center, using nearby country roads. Registration opens at 8 a.m. and the run begins at 9:45 a.m. The run is open to all ages and the pre-registration entry price of $17 ($20 day of race) includes a T-shirt for the first 100 entrants. Winners will be awarded in various age categories.

The following week, Eastern Mountain Sports and Beaver Lake Nature Center will host the sixth annual snowshoe race Sunday Feb. 13.

Participants can register for this 5K snowshoe race in advance or the morning of the event at the visitor center. Registration opens at 8 a.m. and the race begins at 10 a.m. The $17 entry fee includes a T-shirt for the first 50 entrants and a limited number of snowshoes are available to rent for an additional $5.

After the race, participants and visitors can spend the rest of the day learning about winter camping, snowshoeing and cross country skiing. Representatives from leading outdoor equipment companies will be available to show the latest gear and answer questions. In the event that there is not enough snow, the race will be held on Sunday, Feb. 27.

Proceeds from both events will benefit the Nature Center and applications may be downloaded at onondagacountyparks.com.

Beaver Lake Nature Center, an Onondaga County Park, is located at 8477 East Mud Lake Road, three miles west of Baldwinsville off of Route 370. For more information, call the nature center at 638-2519 or visit onondagacountyparks.com.

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