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'Run for the Preserves' 5K to be held at UNI

September 20, 2011

Susan Meerdink, committee chair, Run for the Preserves, 712-551-7890,

Lindsay Cunningham, Office of University Relations, 319-273-6728,


CEDAR FALLS, Iowa -- The University of Northern Iowa Student Nature Society will hold a cross-country 5K to support and promote the UNI Prairie Preserves at 10 a.m., Saturday, Oct. 15, with registration starting at 9 a.m. The race will begin and end near the Center for Energy and Environmental Education (CEEE) on the UNI campus.

The race will be held to promote awareness and use of UNI's natural preserves around campus and the community. The registration fee is $10 for UNI students and $12 for non-students. Anyone who registers by Sept. 30 will receive a free shirt. Additional shirts will be for sale after the start of the race for $8, but are not guaranteed. To register for the race, go to

The event is open to the public, and runners of all experience and skill levels are encouraged to sign up. Profits from the race will be used for upkeep and maintenance of the Prairie Preserves.

For additional information, contact Susan Meerdink, president of the UNI Student Nature Society, at 712-551-7890 or