The Urban Wildland Half Marathon & 5K began in 2003 to save Wood Lake Nature Center's environmental education partnership with the Richfield Public Schools, which was in jeopardy due to cuts in local government aid.  Since Wood Lake Nature Center's opening in 1971, Richfield's K-6 students had visited Wood Lake three times a year as part of their science curriculum. 

Thanks to the Urban Wildland, the program was spared and has continued every year with the proceeds from this event.


The Urban Wildland makes every effort to provide a green, no-waste race.  All materials used for the race are reused, recycled, or composted.  Electricity at the finish line is provided by solar power.  To offset the carbon footprint of a large event, $1 from each registration is donated to the Santa Familia Teaching Garden in Cayo, Belize, where students plant hardwood rainforest trees that captures tons of carbon dioxide each year.


To read about all of our ongoing efforts to provide a green race, visit our Green Race page to read about all of our efforts to present a no-waste, environmentally-friendly event.


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Urban Wildland Half Marathon & 5K | c/o Wood Lake Nature Center | 6710 Lake Shore Drive | Richfield, MN 55423 | 612-861-9369 | Contact Us