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GPS competition at refuge

Debbie Cram of Thomson completes a challenge during the Amazing Refuge Race. The next race is Aug. 16 at Ingersoll Wetlands Learning Center in Thomson. Photo submitted by Pam Steinhaus.
Debbie Cram of Thomson completes a challenge during the Amazing Refuge Race. The next race is Aug. 16 at Ingersoll Wetlands Learning Center in Thomson. Photo submitted by Pam Steinhaus.

THOMSON – The third annual Amazing Refuge Race will be Aug. 16 at the Ingersoll Wetlands Learning Center, 7071 Riverview Road.

Teams will complete a series of challenges on the Upper Mississippi River National Wildlife and Fish Refuge, using a hand-held GPS unit. They will have a set of coordinates to locate a specific place. Once at that location, they must complete a task. If they succeed, they will receive the next set of coordinates. The team that completes all tasks and arrives at the finish first will win.

Participants can bring their own GPS units, or units will be provided for the day. An introductory GPS course is planned at 8 a.m. The race will start at 9 and should be completed at 1 p.m.

Teams must be between two to six people, who will walk and drive to complete the tasks. The race is free, and open to all ages.

Registration is required. The deadline is Aug. 14. To sign up, email pam_steinhaus@fws.gov or call 815-273-2732, ext. 16.

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