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The Happy Little 5K Returns in 2021

Choose Your Pace and Place to Preserve Trees in State Parks

Natural Awakenings News: The Happy Little 5K Returns in 2021

In the second annual Run for the Trees/Happy Little 5K, participants will walk, run or anywhere outdoors any time from April 22 through April 30, 2021. Earth Day and Arbor Day will bookend this race in support of state parks that builds on Bob Ross’s passion for natural landscapes and “happy little trees.” Registration for the 2021 5K opens at 9 a.m. Tuesday, December 1.

The 2020 Happy Little 5K raised significant funds to support the planting, protection and preservation of locally sourced trees and brought together 20,000 registered virtual racers. Nearly 75% of racers hailed from Michigan, but all 50 states were represented. Neighboring states Ohio, Illinois, Indiana and Wisconsin brought the next highest participation.

Interested racers are encouraged to sign up for preregistration notifications, friendly reminders about a week before registration opens. Strong early signups will help the DNR predict race participation caps. The cost is $34 per person, and all participants will receive a newly designed commemorative bib number, a keepsake race Happy Little T-shirt and a finisher’s medal featuring a real Bob Ross painting.

For more information or to register, call Michelle Coss at 517-881-5884 or visit their website at:

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