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May 2015 – FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

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INDIANAPOLIS, Ind.— For the third consecutive year, the Eagle Creek Park Foundation is hosting its annual adventure race fundraiser, the Iron Eagle Paddle & Run, on Saturday, July 25 at Eagle Creek Park’s beach, on Indianapolis’ northwest side.

All proceeds raised will benefit the nonprofit’s mission to promote, preserve, protect and enhance Eagle Creek Park through trail restoration projects, improvements and youth environmental education programs that receive limited funding from the city.

“It’s a great way for athletes to explore the trails in a remote setting, and then cool off on the reservoir,” said Erich Muensterman, Eagle Creek Park Foundation board member and race coordinator. “There’s nothing like it here in the city! Sure it has a competitive edge, but it’s also an adventure – all in good fun, which fully supports the future of the park.”

Athletes of all ages will embark on a 2.5-mile trail run, 1.5-mile paddle in a kayak or canoe, then 3.5-mile trail run through one of the nation’s largest city parks. The race format mimics a Figure 8, and will utilize the beach as a central hub, a spot where spectators can cheer on racers.

Participants can bring personal kayaks or canoes (with life jackets and paddles), and can enter as an individual, 2-person or 3-person relay team. Teams can be co-ed.

Cost to participate is $50 before June 1, $60 before July 14, $70 after July 14, and $80 day of. Registrants can receive $15 off race entry by becoming a member of the Foundation, which is tax-deductible. The discount is valid for new members only.

A limited number of boats are available for rental in advance through Eagle Creek Outfitters via EagleCreekPark.org, which is not included in the entry fee. Single kayaks are $20, and double kayaks and canoes are $30. Day of registrants must bring a personal boat.

All racers receive a participation medal, performance t-shirt and access to the Iron Eagle’s post-race event at the park’s Earth Discovery Center. Shirts are guaranteed in preferred sizes when participants register by June 19.

Awards will be distributed for winners in the following categories: solo (male/female), team (male/female), team (co-ed), and overall relay.

Boat drop-off is 7 a.m. at the beach, check-in is 8 a.m., and the race starts at 9 a.m.

With the help of membership and contributions over the past decade, the Foundation has been able to invest nearly $3 million into the park by funding capital projects like the construction of the Earth Discovery Center, which attracts 80,000 visitors annually.

For more information on registration and/or sponsorship, log on EagleCreekPark.org, or call Planet Adventure at 317.324.8299.

© 2015 Eagle Creek Park Foundation