By Amalia Kortright, For The Tribune
WEST BLOCTON — The Cahaba River Society is hosting the 2016 Cahaba River Ramble on June 4 at the Cahaba River Wildlife Refuge in West Blocton. The Cahaba River Ramble consists of a 5k or a 10 mile trail race along the “biological heart” of Alabama’s longest free-flowing river.
More experienced runners are welcome to run the more challenging 10 mile race. Beginners are encouraged to participate in the 5k, which is 3.1 miles long, and follows a short and flat trail.
The 2016 Cahaba River Ramble will also feature several free, educational programs, known as “Education Rambles,” which are led by some of the region’s premiere wildlife experts.
Proceeds from the races will benefit the Shane Hulsey CLEAN Environmental Education Program of the Cahaba River Society, which enlists youth and adult volunteers for river restoration projects.
The Cahaba River serves as the primary drinking water source for the Birmingham area, and serves one fourth of Alabama citizens. The river is rich in its biodiversity and has more fish species per mile than any other river in North America.
The Cahaba River Society is an organization dedicated to preserving and protecting the Cahaba River watershed, and educating community leaders on how to promote water quality.
Those who are interested can register online here. On-sight registration begins at 6:30 a.m., and the races begin at 7:30 a.m.