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Puddles wins the Twin Cities Marathon...Mascot Race!

Region 3, October 6, 2012
Puddles warming up before the race
Puddles warming up before the race - Photo Credit: n/a
Puddles stretching before the race
Puddles stretching before the race - Photo Credit: n/a
Hug from a fan!
Hug from a fan! - Photo Credit: n/a

Puddles, The Blue Goose, symbol of America's National Wildlife Refuge System, won his inaugural Mascot Race at the Twin Cities Marathon this past Saturday.

 

While normally at his winter home in Florida by now, Puddles skipped the fall migration to train for the Race. Out competing numerous other seasoned Mascots, Puddles was clearly the crowd favorite. Prior to and after the Race, Puddles spent several hours with staff from Minnesota Valley National Wildlife Refuge and the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service educating a highly diverse urban crowd about wildlife and national wildlife refuges. He was pleased to see so many urban youth enjoying the event. Several thousand people attended Saturday's activities, including large numbers of students from local urban schools, YMCA's, Boys & Girls Clubs, and other organizations. Puddles was very excited to interact and connect with these new audiences!

Puddles plans to defend his Title and is already training for next years race!

Contact Info: Kristin Raveling, 952-858-0715, kristin_raveling@fws.gov