The Alaska SeaLife Center Ready for 21st Annual Wildlife Rescue Run and Walk
July 16, 2019

Seward, Alaska (July 16, 2019)– The Alaska SeaLife Center (ASLC) is hosting the 21st Annual 5K Wildlife Rescue Run & Walk on Saturday, August 3. This family-friendly race is a fundraiser to support the Center’s Wildlife Response Program. This has been another very busy year for the program. They have received 213 distressed animal calls resulting in the admission of 12 patients: 1 sea otter, 1 bearded seal, 1 spotted seal, and 9 harbor seals. The team has also responded to some unusual calls this summer, including two sub-adult elephant seals.

Tara Riemer, ASLC President and CEO, said “Wildlife response is a key component of our mission work. While rewarding, it is also very intense, requiring 24-hour care from teams of dedicated staff. The Wildlife Rescue Run is an opportunity for the public to become part of the team by running and supporting our mission work.”

The 5K race route follows a generally flat course along the scenic Seward waterfront and is open to walkers and runners of all levels. The course offers beautiful views of Seward's Resurrection Bay and its neighboring mountainous peaks, and there is a good chance of seeing marine life along the way. This year all participants, including virtual runners, will receive a limited edition t-shirt designed by the Salmon Sisters. Race participants are invited to register online via the link found at Registration is $35 a person through August 2, and $40 the day of the race. Supporters who can’t be in Seward on race day can sign up online to be a virtual runner. Race bibs will be available for pickup in the Alaska SeaLife Center lobby on August 3 from 10 a.m. to 11:45 a.m. All participants will begin the race at 12:00 p.m. The presentation of race awards and drawings for the door prizes will be held at 2:00 p.m.

This year, supply donations for the Wildlife Response Program will be accepted at the Wildlife Rescue Run & Walk. Items used to support the rescue and rehabilitation of marine wildlife have been requested, and a container will be available at the race to collect donated items. The list of items being accepted can be found at

Wildlife Response Program sponsors include Marathon Petroleum, BP, ConocoPhillips, SeaWorld Busch Gardens Conservation Fund, Pet Zoo Alaska and GCI. Race sponsors include Alaska Serigraphics, Bright Road Wealth Management, State Farm Agent Kelsey DeLuca, Seward Family Dentistry – Dr. Michael Moriarty DDS, GraphicWorks, Petro 49, Seasalt Alaskan Grill & Bar, Seward Parks and Recreation Department, TelAlaska, Klondike Pizzeria, Kruzof, Safeway, Salmon Sisters, Seward Alehouse, Seward Properties, Strabel Racing Services, The Cookery & Oyster Bar, and Woody's Thai Kitchen.

About the ASLC:

Opened in 1998, the Alaska SeaLife Center operates as a private, non-profit research institution and a public aquarium. It generates and shares scientific knowledge to promote understanding and stewardship of Alaska’s marine ecosystems. The ASLC is an accredited member of the Association of Zoos and Aquariums. To learn more, visit

The Alaska SeaLife Center operates a 24-hour hotline for the public to report stranded marine mammals or birds, and encourages people who have found a stranded or sick marine animal to avoid touching or approaching the animal. Call first: 1-888-774-SEAL

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