That’s right, Earthshine Nature Programs Executive Director Steve O’Neil and Team Earthshine Nature Nerds will be running again this year in the Mad Mountain Mud Run 5K in Hendersonville, NC on Saturday May 30th, 2015!
For 2015 the Nature Nerds will be sharing the muddy trail with The Trails Turbo Turtles! The Turbo Turtles consist of several Steve’s students and staff of The Academy at Trails Carolina and Trails Carolina! Captain Steve will be overall captain of both the Nature Nerds and the Turbo Turtles.
Many of the Turbo Turtles are experienced runners, hikers, Mtn. bikers and climbers so do not let the name fool you–the Turbo Turtles are a force of nature and may just take overall best time in the Mud Run!
Our nerdy nature goal is to run representing Earthshine Nature Programs as our 2015 spring fundraiser. To do this we need sponsors that are willing to support Earthshine Nature Programs with a pledge. Your pledge will provide direct and 100% support to our environmental science education and wildlife rehabilitation and conservation programs and projects.
Our muddy community goal is to run in support of the Hands On A Child’s Gallery based in Hendersonville, NC and Trails Carolina/The Academy at Trails Carolina with our afternoon of challenging obstacles and muddy fun!
Last year and this year the students and I have constructed an obstacle for the Mud Run — take a look at a few photos of this years obstacle that we call the ENP/Trails Turbo Tunnels!!
Take a look at the course map for a taste of what we may have in store for us this year! It should be a muddy fun challenge!
Any donation is welcome and needed however…
Those who sponsor ENP with $50 or more will receive your business logo or name and weblink* on the ENP supporters website, in a posting in this blog (to be updated after the race), and on the back of our custom mud run t-shirt that we will proudly wear during the race.
Those who sponsor us for $500 or more will receive your business logo or name and weblink* on the ENP supporters website, in a posting in this blog (to be updated after the race), on the back of our custom mud run t-shirt that we will proudly wear during the race, four custom designed ENP Medici Lighted writing Pens from Myron.com, your own custom mud run t-shirt, and one “Honored Supporter” custom award (made by Steve) which includes a certificate of appreciation and small glass vial filled with a small amount of the actual mud from the race course that we will run through on May 30 th!
Those who sponsor us for $1000 or more will receive will receive your business logo or name and weblink* on the ENP supporters website, in a posting in this blog (to be updated after the race), on the back of our custom mud run t-shirt that we will proudly wear during the race, six custom designed ENP Medici Lighted writing Pens from Myron.com, your own custom mud run t-shirt, and one “Honored Supporter” custom award (made by Steve) which includes a certificate of appreciation and small glass vial filled with a small amount of the actual mud from the race course that we will run through on May 31st! On top of all that Steve and his animals will come to you and present a private Misunderstand Wildlife animal show with live animals and a didgeridoo concert at your birthday party, school or other gathering!
*You can opt-out of having your personal/company information publicized on our shirts/websites if you choose.
An awesome mud covered photo from the end of the 2015
Mad Mountain Mud Run.
A great muddy moment from the 2013 Mud Run!
The nitty gritty muddy dirt of the sponsorship (rules)
After the Earthshine Nature Nerds/Trails Turbo Turtles team completes the race–all sponsored pledges will be collected from the sponsors by June 15th, 2013. Supporter awards will be awarded within 60 days following the race.
If the Earthshine Nature Nerds/Trails Turbo turtles does not complete the race–no donations will be collected unless you choose to support us despite the fact.
If the race is cancelled due to weather or other circumstances beyond our control you may choose to honor your sponsorship agreement or not. 100% of all donations will be used to provide direct support to our environmental science and wildlife rehabilitation/conservation projects and programs.
You may earmark your donations to the following projects:
Project A: Turtle Tracks Eastern Box Turtle radio telemetry project: currently radio tracking four wild Eastern box turtles at Earthshine Discovery Center and The Academy at Trails Carolina. Two of these turtles are part of the ongoing (since 2008) Turtle Tracks project at Earthshine Discovery Center in Lake Toxaway, NC. The other two turtles are part of a hands-on wildlife science class led by Steve for the Academy at Trails Carolina and Trails Wilderness students.
Project B: Snake Tracks – Ratsnake Tracks. A radio telemetry project tracking two large Black rat snakes at The Academy at Trails Carolina. This will be part of a hands-on citizen and student science class led by Steve for the Academy at Trails Carolina and Trails Wilderness students.
Projects A-B are most important wildlife science and conservation projects seeking to learn as much as possible about the natural movements of some of nature’s most misunderstood creatures. Data collected during these projects will directly benefit the greater understanding and conservation of not only box turtles and Rat snakes but all reptiles for many years to come. These projects also directly benefit the continuing hands-on education of middle and high school age youth–the future of all wildlife conservation.
Project C: Wildlife rescue and rehabilitation: ongoing support of our wildlife rescue and rehabilitation activities that works primarily with the Eastern box turtle and Opossum.
Project D: General program support. Examples include–animal care, habitat construction and project support: this covers all costs that are not directly part of or that cross over between all of the above listed programs. Example: radio telemetry equipment, foods, housing, vitamins, and medications for our resident and rehab animals, rechargeable batteries, camera equipment etc.
If you do not earmark your donation it will be used where it is most needed in one or more of the above programs.
If you would like to sponsor our team please contact me and we will make arrangements or feel free to donate now via the Earthshine Nature Pay Pal account.
You may sponsor us with either monetary pledges or supplies. If you would like to pledge supplies please contact us for a list of our current needs.
Below are some of our past sponsors and supporters
THANK YOU All!
No matter if you choose to support us or not, please do come out to Berkley Park and watch all of the mud runners get muddy and have fun for a couple of great causes–the education of children and conservation of wildlife and nature!
If you know anyone who may like to support ENP with a sponsorship or donation please forward this post on to them–THANK YOU!
After last year’s Mud Run we were all smiles–it was great fun!
NOTE: The Nature Nerds will video/photograph their perspective of the race using the latest technology including an HD GoPro camera and several volunteer friends with cameras stationed around the race course so that this years nerdy muddy experience will be able to be shared by all! A few weeks following the race look for the video to be posted here on the ENP Nature Blog!
Take a look at last years race video below!
THANK YOU ALL FOR YOUR SUPPORT!!
That’s all for now…I need to go train!
Steve O’Neil, ENP Executive Director and Mad Mountain Mud Runner
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