Earth Day run/walk to benefit climate change victims

A run/walk will be held on April 22 in honor of Earth Day, as well as in memory of Barbara Schlachter.


The Iowa City Climate Advocates will host the Barbara Schlachter Memorial Run/Walk for Victims of Climate Change on Earth Day, Saturday, April 22. The 4.1-mile charity run/walk will benefit the American Red Cross’s Disaster Relief Fund as well as honor the late Rev. Dr. Barbara Schlachter, a local environmental leader and Episcopal priest who passed away in February 2016.

The timed run/walk will follow the Iowa River pedestrian trail, starting at 9:00 a.m. at lower City Park and ending with an awards ceremony at Terry Trueblood Recreation Area, where prizes will be given along with speeches about climate change activism and Schlachter’s legacy.

A shuttle will be available to transport participants desiring a shorter, 2-mile option from a midway point directly to the finish area, as well as take runners/walkers from Terry Trueblood’s parking area to City Park before the race. Registration is $30 for adults and includes an event t-shirt; kids 12 and under are free. Participants are encouraged to sign up as soon as possible at the event’s website.

The run/walk is sponsored by Iowa City Climate Advocates, 100 Grannies, Environmental Advocates, Trinity Episcopal Church, Scheels, the University of Iowa Community Credit Union, and Hills Bank and Trust. Organizations wishing to co-sponsor the event—and anyone wishing to volunteer—should contact Eric Johnson at (319) 400-9903.