The race to save Blounts Creek is on

Published 8:56 pm Tuesday, October 15, 2013

From Save Blounts Creek organizers


The “Save Blounts Creek” 5K Run/Walk to benefit the Pamlico-Tar River Foundation in its legal battle to stop the state from allowing Martin Marietta to pour 12,000,000 gallons of untreated fresh water a day into the brackish waters of Blounts Creek will be held on Sunday, Oct. 20, 2013, at 9 a.m.

There are seven age categories including: 13 and under; 14 to 19; 20 to 29; 30 to 39; 40 to 49; 50 to 59; and 60 plus. There will be awards for the top finishers in each age group.

Registration on the day of the event will be held at the staging area at the Cotton Patch Landing Marina from 8 a.m. to 8:45 a.m. and the fee will be $25. The first 50 entrants will receive Save Blounts Creek 5K t-shirts. Further information may be obtained by calling Event Director, Les Sheridan at 252-946-0050. Anyone wishing to donate to and/or help sponsor this event may do so by calling this number.

The course begins at Cotton Patch Landing Marina on Blounts Creek, flows along the road to the new Beaufort County boat launch site, continues through Blounts Creek Camp Grounds, and ends back at Cotton Patch Landing and Marina. Runners/walkers will seldom lose sight of beautiful Blounts Creek.

To get to the event, follow the signs that say “PTRF 5K.” From the west, (Route 17) take the Chocowinity exit and proceed about 9 miles east on Route 33 to Rowe Road.  Turn left and go .5 mile to Clay Bottom School Road. Turn right and in .2 mile turn left on to Cotton Patch Road. Travel two miles to Cotton Patch Landing and Marina. From the east, turn right off Route 33 (16 miles west of Aurora) on to Clay Bottom School Road and travel .5 mile. Turn right on to Cotton Patch Road and go two miles to Cotton Patch Landing and Marina.

Parking is available in designated areas.