The hight desert museum is known best for its outdoor trails and animal exhibits. There you can see porcupines, otters, snakes, and various kinds of predatory birds native to Central Oregon. Every year, the High Desert Museum hosts a summer fundraiser to help keep its programs running normally. This year, they’ve brought back one of their most memorable events: the Vulture Venture 5k Run and Walk. The museum retired this event a few years ago, but has since decided to bring it back due to its success and popularity. If you want to enjoy all the museum has to offer AND get your fitness on, this is the event for you!
Vulture Venture 5k Run and Walk Fundraiser
In an effort to make the fundraiser a success, The High Desert Museum offers incentives to participants to raise funds on their behalf. Race day registration costs $40 for non-members, $35 for members, and $30 for youth (ages 8-12). But, if participants raise funds on the High Desert Museum’s behalf, they may earn free registration(s). The breakdown of incentives for the Vulture Venture 5k Run and Walk is as follows:
Raise $50 – Receive one free race entry and a guest pass to visit the Museum again;
Raise $100 – Receive one free race entry, a Vulture Venture T-shirt, two guest passes for you and a friend to visit the Museum again;
Raise $250 – Receive two free race entries, two Vulture Venture T-shirts, a one–year Individual Plus membership and admission for two to the Raptors of the Desert Sky seasonal flight show;
Raise $500 – Receive four free race entries, four Vulture Venture T-shirts, a one-year family membership, and a Guardian “Adopt an Animal” package.
T-shirts for the event are available for purchase, but must be ordered by June 5 in order to arrive at the event on time. Orders submitted after June 5 will be shipped directly to buyers after the event. T-shirts cost $15.
Vulture Venture 5k Run and Walk Course
The Vulture Venture 5k Run and Walk course will take participants through some of the High Desert Museum’s most iconic exhibits. Starting at the open field near the building entrance, the trail will lead runners and walkers along the trail that parallels Highway 97, up the hill in the rear of the museum grounds, and back around to the Flight Show Site, where the museum holds a flight show featuring its best trained raptors.
From the Flight Show Site, the tail will lead participants past the Rail Cars, through the Ranch, and down toward the Bird of Prey exhibit. The trail will then turn into a loop along the Fire Trail, contour the Pond, and lead participants through the Otter exhibit. Volunteers will be present throughout the race to guide participants. Water stations will be available throughout the Vulture Venture 5k Run and Walk.
Vulture Venture 5k Run and Walk Awards
The Vulture Venture 5k Run and Walk is, of course, a race. Therefore, prizes will be handed out to the winners of each age class and gender. Awards will be issued to the top three overall male and female finishers in each age bracket (under 8, 8-11, 12-15, 16-19, 20-29, 30-39, 40-49, 50-59, 60+). All finishers will receive a head band and a 35th anniversary pint glass.