The Department of Game and Inland Fisheries (DGIF) plays a much bigger role in Virginia’s wildlife management other then the work they do with hunting and fishing. Since 1916, DGIF has worked to conserve and build wildlife and habitats, be a resource of information on conservation and wildlife, and encourage people to get outside and play while respecting and protecting nature.

To create a title that better represents all of the amazing things they do, DGIF is set to change it’s name to the Department of Wildlife Resources this summer. To kick off the new name, they invite you to Run for the Wild, a virtual 5k run/walk that will take place in mid July. What better way to celebrate than with an outdoor activity that supports their mission to keep Virginia’s wild places wild?

All registration proceeds will go toward DGIFs Restore the Wild initiative to support habitat projects vital for the survival of Virginia’s wildlife. 

Registered participants can run or walk a course of their choosing at their own pace on July 17, 18, or 19, 2020. They pick whichever day is best for them! Participants are reminded to be safe and follow social distance guidelines. Registration deadline is July 16, 2020. 

Registration includes: a wooden finisher medal, pocket notebook, vinyl sticker, a digital badge and entry into the Run for the Wild Sweepstakes to win a Virginia Lifetime Freshwater Fishing License! This license allows access to our 250,000 acres of public lands in Virginia and is your badge of honor as a wildlife conservationist. 

Plus, they have four unique challenges where participants can compete for some great prizes from some awesome partners. 

Falcon Fierce Challenge

• Be the person that completes their Run for the Wild 5K with the fastest finish time (Male & Female winners). 

Turtle Trot Challenge

• Be the person that takes the longest time to complete their Run for the Wild 5K. 

Flora & Fauna Fanatic Challenge: 

• Share your best photos of the native Virginia plants and wildlife you see along your Run for the Wild route. 

Scenic Seeker Challenge

• Share your most scenic photo from your Run for the Wild route. Bonus points if your route is on public land! 

Prizes for each challenge were provided by DGIF partners: Blue Ridge Outdoors, Crewel & Unusual, Devils Backbone Brewing Company, Fleet Feet Richmond, Keep Virginia Cozy, Virginia is for Lovers, and the Wildlife Foundation of Virginia. 

Learn more: https://www.dgif.virginia.gov/run-for-the-wild/ 

DGIF is offering our TrailHeads members to enter to win a free entry for them and a friend to their Restore the Wild Virtual 5K! All you have to do is fill out the form below:

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