SEAFORD, NY — As wildfires scorch millions of acres and kill an estimated 1 billion animals in Australia, hundreds of Long Islanders will run and walk 10,000 miles away in Seaford to raise money for bush fire relief efforts.
More than 600 people have registered for The Land Down Under 5K, planned Saturday morning at Cedar Creek Park, organizers told Patch on Thursday. So far, they've raised about $28,000 and hope to raised $40,000.
The race is a "coming-together event" for the global crisis happening in Australia, organizers with elite feats said.
Rain or shine, the event will begin at 9:30 a.m. All are welcome, including those who want to bring baby strollers. Participants should expect to see some grassy areas on the route.
Online registration costs $25. There's an extra $5 fee tacked on for same-day registration at the event.
"Elitefeats, RaceAwesome, EventPower, PR Timing with support from GLIRC, Bolla Markets, All Round Foods, Nassau County Parks & LI Running Photos are all coming together for the BushFire Relief," organizers said. "100% of registration goes to the CFA (Victorian Country Fire Authority) & the RFS (NSW Rural Fire Authority)"
Participants will receive a complimentary t-shirt, though more racing t-shirts will be available for purchase at the run/walk. All money raised via the shirts will be donated to Australia Zoo Wildlife Warriors.
Those who can't make it to the run/walk can opt for the $25 virtual 5K option.
Participants are encouraged to drive, organizers told Patch. There will be parking available.
Organizers said the run/walk came together in about 10 days with the help of Laura Curran, the county executive, and other officials who assisted in getting the event permit fast-tracked.