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Registration open for wildfire awareness multi-hour race

Posted 1/25/2018

Racers starting to run

2017 racers ran to bring awareness of fire danger and to raise funds to help firefighters. This year’s event is May 6 at Bartley Ranch Regional Park in Reno. Photo by Cooperative Extension.

Event to raise money to help injured firefighters and the families of fallen firefighters

Registration is open for the Battle Born Trail Series: Fire Up for Firefighters Multi-Hour Event, hosted by University of Nevada Cooperative Extension’s Living With Fire Program in partnership with the Bureau of Land Management and Desert Sky Adventures. All proceeds from the race will benefit Nevada fallen firefighters’ families and local firefighters injured in the line of duty via the Nevada Local Assistance State Team Program.

“We’re excited to invite everyone to enjoy this festive, family-friendly event,” said Sonya Sistare, Living With Fire Program senior manager.

The event, formerly known as the Northern Nevada Wildfire Awareness Race, is May 6, at Bartley Ranch Regional Park, 6000 Bartley Ranch Road in Reno. Participants can choose how long they want to run, either one, three, six or 12 hours, and then they see how many laps around the one-mile flat, dirt trail loop they can run in the chosen amount of time. Participants can register as solo runners or as teams.

Costs vary per chosen race time and ticket purchase date. Cost includes a t-shirt, goodie bag, finisher’s medal, snacks, race photos and refreshments, including refreshments courtesy of the Brewer’s Cabinet. For pricing information, more race information or to register, visit the Battle Born Trail Series website.

The event will also include a variety of fire engines and displays of educational information, along with a visit from Smokey Bear.

“Friends and family are encouraged to come out and cheer on the runners, visit with firefighter representatives, have a picnic in Nevada’s outdoor beauty and support this worthy cause,” Sistare said.

The Nevada Local Assistance State Team Program is a collaborative effort among local, state and federal firefighting entities. The proceeds of the race will help their efforts to support families’ needs during times of loss or recovery of injured or fallen firefighters.

The race is part of the activities for Nevada Wildfire Awareness Month in May, which is a collaborative effort of local, state and federal firefighting agencies; University of Nevada Cooperative Extension; and many others.

Cooperative Extension’s Living With Fire Program, which began in 1997, teaches homeowners how to live more safely with the wildfire threat. The program has received numerous national awards, and been credited with spurring actions that have saved many homes. For more information about Living With Fire, visit the Living With Fire website, or contact Jamie Roice-Gomes at University of Nevada Cooperative Extension, roicej@unce.unr.edu or 775-336-0261.

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