Lost River Cave to host second Flurry Scurry

KJ Hall

Saturday presents an opportunity to run through the enchanting Greenways surrounding Lost River Cave that stretch across 70 acres of preserved land by participating in the Snow Flurry Scurry 5K at Lost River Cave. 

The idea for the race began with Bowling Green runner and current race director David Haynes. This is the second year Lost River Cave will be hosting the event. 

“David approached the cave around October 2014,” Nicole Coomer, Lost River Cave community outreach coordinator, said. “He’s a big runner in the community and runs the trails at Lost River and said ‘Why don’t we have a 5K here?’ He basically ran with it from there.”

Haynes said the race began as a way for some runners to run the trails and hopefully inform people about the Greenways at Lost River. Cave personnel later suggested that it be opened to the community. Haynes said the the 5K has been a collaborative effort with himself, cave personnel and TJ Tethalski, president of the Bowling Green Road Runners. The race was put together to benefit the nature center at Lost River Cave, including all the woodlands, wetlands and wildlife. 

“We have about 70 acres, so it takes a lot to be able to support all of the trail maintenance and upkeep to make sure that the property stays free for the community,” Coomer said.

The Snow Flurry Scurry is not only an outlet to run a race but a great way to support, take part in and help build the Bowling Green community. 

“We have educational programs for children and events to get families outside and reconnect with nature,” Coomer said. “Basically our mission and goal is to foster these relationships with community members and the outdoors, letting everybody have their own experiences because there are a lot of health benefits both mentally and physically to being outside, and we want to make sure people stay in touch with that.”

All participants will receive a custom medal created from wood in the park and T-shirts will be given out on a first come first serve basis. There will also be door prizes up for grabs, including six pairs of Salomon running shoes, compressions socks, gift certificates, iPhone holders and more. 

  The Lost River Cave Snow Flurry Scurry will be the first race in the 2016 Bowling Green Road Runners Grand Prix, where runners can participate in various races throughout the year and earn points for a selection of prizes. 

The race will begin at 9 a.m. You can register online or at the race for $25, and all proceeds will benefit Lost River Cave Nature Center.

“It’s definitely a great way to build community within Bowling Green and among runners, and support a great cause,” Haynes said.