Crane Trust Buffalo Stampede Trail Run Set for July 19

Wood River, Neb–The Crane Trust will hold its second annual Buffalo Stampede trail run and family event Saturday, July 19, 2014 on historic Shoemaker Island at the Crane Trust Nature & Visitor Center. This year's event has been expanded to include the Buffalo Stampede 5K trail run, a Kids Mile, and live wildlife exhibits for people to enjoy afterward.

"Whether you're a serious runner, walker, or you just like getting outdoors, it's really a terrific opportunity to come out, have some fun and experience Nebraska's native prairie habitat firsthand," says Jeff Oates, Crane Trust Director of Marketing & Outreach. "This time of year the cranes are gone, but the prairie is alive with flowering plants and other wildlife. Of course, our live bison exhibition herd with three newborn calves is a perfect backdrop for the event."

As part of the half-day event, the Crane Trust will have a variety of live fish and wildlife exhibits on site to showcase a range of native wildlife that inhabit the prairie—and depend on this unique ecosystem to survive. Special hands-on exhibits and aquatic tanks will include native fish, amphibians, reptiles, and small mammals that can be found on rare Crane Trust lands.

Start time for the 5K run is 8:00 a.m. sharp. Start time for the Kids Mile is 8:30 a.m. Both will be held at the Crane Trust Nature & Visitor Center (I-80 Alda Exit #305), rain or shine. Runners/walkers are encouraged to register by July 9 to ensure they receive a Buffalo Stampede t-shirt. All runners will receive a finisher medal /ribbon. Overall male and female winners of both races will receive Buffalo Stampede trophies.

The 5K and Kids Mile courses are open for runners and walkers of all ages and abilities, and will be run on natural grassland trails. Kids must be 12 or under to run in the Kids Mile. Both courses will be run on mowed grassland trails and will be accurately measured and timed. Proceeds from the Buffalo Stampede will be used to support Crane Trust conservation programs and activities along the Platte River.

"After the race, everyone is invited to cool their heels in the shallow waters of the Platte River's north channel; grab a free hot dog and drink—and check out our native fish and wildlife exhibits," says Oates. The event is open to the public, with food and refreshments (and face-painting for the kids) available until 1:00 p.m.

For more information and to register for the Buffalo 5K and Kids Mile trail runs, call Karen Krull Robart at 308-382-1820 or e-mail

Established in 1978, the Crane Trust is a non-profit organization dedicated to the protection and maintenance of critical habitat for the endangered whooping crane, sandhill cranes and other migratory birds along the Platte River through leading research, habitat management, community outreach, and education. The Crane Trust today is responsible for protecting more than 10,000 acres of vital habitat in south-central Nebraska.