South Slough hosts 'Trail & Treat 5K & Kid's Dash' run or walk

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COOS BAY, Ore. -- The South Slough National Estuarine Reserve got its start back in 1974 and was the first of its kind in the United States.

Now, more than 40 years later, the South Slough Reserve continues its internship program.

The Friends of the South Slough Reserve invite you to run or walk the trails next weekend in support of that program.

Children and adults are welcome to the Trail and Treat 5K and Kid’s Dash set for Saturday, July 15.

There will be medals, prizes and treats for the participants with lunch and music following the run or walk.

"If you haven't been on the South Slough trails there is some elevation so it's going to be downhill for the first part and kind of uphill for the last part, but it's a beautiful landscape,” says South Slough Reserve’s Deborah Rudd. “From trail to boardwalk, to a little bit of paved road, you'll see trees, meandering channels, maybe some wildlife while you're running or walking."

A former intern at the Reserve, who now works with the Coos Watershed Association, says his time at South Slough was invaluable.

"I feel like I've put myself ahead of other people in my field to get careers after I graduate, and for just next summer to get other internships to gain more experience," says former Slough intern Davis Carlsen.

The 5K run/walk is set for next Saturday morning at 9:30.

It'll start at the South Slough Reverse Interpretive Center.

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