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Event includes 5K, 10K, and 1-mile races, family-friendly activities, door prizes and commemorative quilt auction

FORT WORTH, Texas (May 5, 2017) ­– The Friends of the Fort Worth Nature Center & Refuge invite both humans and dogs to the 25th annual Buffalo Boogie onMay 13 at 8 a.m. Proceeds from the event—featuring 10K, 5K and one-mile fun runs; live music and family-friendly activities—benefit the Nature Center.

Lending special meaning to this 25th anniversary year is the fundraising live auction of a commemorative quilt, which will showcase T-shirts from every race since inception. [To bid on the quilt online before the event, visit]
“When I mentioned the idea of designing a quilt to commemorate the 25th anniversary to my friend Lisa Gromelski, she was ecstatic about volunteering her talent,” said Anne Hamman, customer service advisor at the Nature Center. “Lisa loves to tell a story through her love of needle and thread, and the chance to weave the Buffalo Boogie story into a one-of-a-kind piece was a true labor of love and very meaningful.

“Anyone who quilts, knows someone who is a quilter, or has ever been given a quilt as a gift appreciates that each piece of scrap or material tells a story of its own,” Hamman continued. “When the pieces are cut and stitched together, it’s as if the memory of an event comes to new life.”

BJ Collins understands the special nature of this year’s anniversary. She organized the first event in 1993 and donated several early racing T-shirts for the quilt. For years, Buffalo Boogie has helped keep down costs and care for the bison herd. Many often ask where the race name, which has withstood the test of time, originated. “My sister-in-law, Claire, ran a company called Boogie Bears, and I though ‘boogie’ was a cool word because it implied fun and dancing, not work,” Collins said. “Producing the race that benefits such a wonderful place like the Nature Center and its creatures, continuing 25 years later, is truly a life accomplishment.”

Though many Fort Worth races take place in May, it’s rare to see one that offers combined timed-runs and fun walks, allowing strollers and even dogs to participate. This year’s Buffalo Boogie Event Chair Katie Owens added, “Unlike most runs that take place on urban streets, our USATF-certified course follows tree-lined, paved roads within the Nature Center and is closed to traffic.” Entertainment for the 25th anniversary event also includes music from local artists The Blue Hat Band.

The first 800 people to register will receive a free T-shirt. Registration for Buffalo Boogie also includes entry to the Nature Center, breakfast, arts and crafts, and eligibility for prize drawings valued at $3,000. Attendees can also visit an event expo featuring a variety of wildlife and conservation entities, preservation organizations, small businesses, educational exhibits and a Fort Worth Nature Center & Refuge pop-up gift shop.

For more information on how to register or sponsor, visit


About the Fort Worth Nature Center & Refuge
The Fort Worth Nature Center & Refuge, a division of the City of Fort Worth Parks and Community Services Department, is a hidden wilderness of wetlands, forests and prairies located near Lake Worth. At more than 3,600 acres, it is one of the largest known municipally owned nature centers in the United States. The Nature Center was founded in 1964 with a mission to help educate the community in the preservation and protection of natural areas through educational programs. It features 20 miles of hiking trails and is home to a resident bison herd as well as numerous indigenous wildlife species. The Nature Center was designated a national natural landmark in 1980 by the National Park Service. For more information, visit


About Friends of the Fort Worth Nature Center & Refuge

The Friends of the Fort Worth Nature Center & Refuge was established in 1974 as a volunteer-driven nonprofit organization to help financially support the Nature Center. The organization organizes a variety of annual fundraising events, hosts an on-site gift shop, and offers Nature Center memberships. Contributions have resulted in the purchase and care of the Nature Center’s bison herd and other ambassador animals, the acquisition of kayaks and canoes and funding for other capital improvements. For more information, visit


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Other contacts available for media interviews:



Lisa Gromelski  |  817.822.4274  |

Anne Hamman  |  817.392.7410  |



BJ Collins  |  817.300.7478  |


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