Annual Shaker Lakes Hike & Run scheduled for Sept. 20

Hundreds of runners participated in last year's Shaker Lakes Hike & Run that raises funds for environmental education. Photo courtesy Nature Center at Shaker Lakes.

The Nature Center at Shaker Lakes will hold its annual Shaker Lakes Hike & Run on Sunday, Sept. 20. Runners and hikers of all ages and abilities are invited to participate. The event benefits the Jenny Goldman Fund and environmental education, promotes health and wellness, and celebrates the Shaker parklands.

The 5K and 10K races will begin at 8:30 a.m., at the intersection of South Park Boulevard, North Park Boulevard and North Woodland Road, finishing at the Nature Center. The courses take runners along the tree-lined streets of the Shaker parklands, around Lower Shaker and Horseshoe lakes. The 10K course extends east along Shelburne Road to Chesterton Road and back to the Nature Center along South Park Boulevard.

Both races will be chip-timed and offer awards for winners in various age divisions. Registration by Sept. 18 is $20, and race-day registration is $25.

The guided hikes depart the Nature Center at 8:45 a.m. Hiking options include a one-mile, pet-friendly, family hike through the forest, marsh and demonstration prairie within the Nature Center grounds; a four-mile hike through the Doan Brook gorge to explore the habitats, history and geology of the area; and a hike to the Cleveland Lakefront Nature Preserve on Lake Erie, with options to hike back or return by shuttle.

Hikes are $15 for adults, and $10 for children under 12, scouts and school club members.

Event-day registration begins at 7 a.m. at the Nature Center, 2600 South Park Blvd. Participants can park at the Shaker Heights Board of Education parking lot and cross Shaker Boulevard to get to the Nature Center. Parking is also available at Hathaway Brown and Beaumont schools, where a shuttle van will run to and from the Nature Center.

All registrants will receive a T-shirt and refreshments. For more information and to register, visit www.shakerlakes.org or www.hmapromotions.net, or call 216-321-5935.

Lisa Fredrickson

Lisa Fredrickson is the media and event manager for the Nature Center at Shaker Lakes.

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