California Academy of Sciences Run Wild 5K/10K

A Thanksgiving Weekend Running Tradition Evolves
22nd Annual Run will take place November 26, 2006

SAN FRANCISCO (June 16, 2006) – The California Academy of Sciences 22nd annual Thanksgiving Weekend 5K & 10K will have a new name this year: Run Wild 5K/10K. After 21 years, Run To The Far Side® is going into retirement to allow cartoonist Gary Larson and his company, FarWorks, Inc., to move forward with other projects. “We will miss working with Gary and his team on Run To The Far Side,” says Dr. Patrick Kociolek, Executive Director of the California Academy of Sciences. “Over the past two decades, the generosity and dedication that Gary and his wife and business partner Toni Carmichael have shown the Academy have been nothing short of amazing.”

While the name of the run has changed this year, the spirit remains intact. “We are thrilled to be able to continue our San Francisco Bay Area Thanksgiving weekend running tradition with Run Wild. This new take on a classic event will offer exciting opportunities for the Academy to promote its mission to explore, explain, and protect the natural world, while still allowing Bay Area runners to express their creativity,” says Kociolek.

The California Academy of Sciences Run Wild 5K/10K will boast several new components but will continue to include many of the same features which have made it a longtime favorite among runners, walkers and families. The run will continue to be held on the Sunday after Thanksgiving, which will fall this year on November 26, 2006. There will still be a ‘wild and crazy’ costume contest in the 5K, during which the top ten costume winners will be awarded cash and prizes. Additionally, all registered runners/walkers will still be treated to the popular long-sleeve 100% cotton official race t-shirt featuring the event logo, free refreshments, goodie bags, and free entry into the California Academy of Sciences.

The race fees will continue to support environmental education and research programs at the Academy. Pre-registration fees are $24 for members/$30 for non-member adults/$25 for non-members ages 18 and under; race-morning fees are $35 for adults/$30 for ages 18 and under. To get more information, receive an entry form, or register online, go to the Rhodyco website or call the RhodyCo Productions office at (415) 759-2690.

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The California Academy of Sciences, the fourth largest natural history museum in the United States, is home to Steinhart Aquarium, Morrison Planetarium, and the Natural History Museum. The Academy is currently rebuilding in Golden Gate Park. Pritzker prize-winning architect Renzo Piano designed the new Academy, which is expected to open in 2008.

[The Far SideŽ is a registered trademark of FarWorks, Inc.]