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GPS race sign-up open near Thomson

Team Blue, a group of GPS-equipped participants in the Amazing Refuge Race at the Upper Mississippi River National Wildlife and Fish Refuge near Thomson, try to identify birds. The sixth annual race will be Aug. 26 at the refuge.
Team Blue, a group of GPS-equipped participants in the Amazing Refuge Race at the Upper Mississippi River National Wildlife and Fish Refuge near Thomson, try to identify birds. The sixth annual race will be Aug. 26 at the refuge.

THOMSON – The sixth annual Amazing Refuge Race will be Aug. 26 at Upper Mississippi River National Wildlife and Fish Refuge, 7071 Riverview Road.

Racers will be given a set of coordinates for a specific location, which they will find using a handheld GPS unit. Once at that location, teams must work together to complete a task. When that task is completed, teams will receive the next set of coordinates. Those who finish all tasks and arrive first at the finish win.

Particpants may bring their own GPS unit or borrow one for the day. The event will begin at Ingersoll Wetlands Learning Center on the refuge. An introductory GPS course will take place at 9 a.m. with the race from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Teams of two to six members will drive and walk to get to their desitations.

Registration is required for the race. The deadline to register is Aug. 24. Contact Pam Steinhaus at pam_steinhaus@fwe.gov or call 815-273-2732, ext. 116 to register or for receive more information. The race is open to all ages.

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