Fans of Bob Ross and those looking for a fun 5K only have one week left to register.

First of all, if you are not a fan of Bob Ross, I don't think we can be friends. Second of all, the Happy Little Virtual 5K is open for registration until March 1st, so act now if you want to join.

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The race itself started in 2019 to encourage volunteers to help plant trees at state park locations that have been hit by invasive pests and tree diseases. In that short amount of time, the race has grown to several hundred volunteers and thousands of racers. Registration is open now for the 2021 Happy Little 5K, which is set for the week of April 22nd through the 30th.

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Last year the race had over 20,000 participants with racers from all 50 states. The 2021 race has already gone international with participants from Australia, England, and Mexico.

The Happy Little 5K and the connection to Bob Ross’ love of nature and positivity have helped shine a big spotlight on the importance of tree planting and protection efforts that support the ecology and natural areas at Michigan state parks...No matter how or where you choose to complete this ‘run for the trees,’ your participation in this virtual race will make a real difference...said DNR Parks and Recreation Chief Ron Olson. 

Participants can complete their 5K at state parks or anywhere outdoors during the race dates. The $34 entry fee will also get you a keepsake Happy Little T-shirt, a commemorative bib number, and a finisher's medal. To sign up or get more detail, click here. 

Source: Michigan DNR

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