On June 6-12, more than 600 people from 42 states and seven countries participated in the third annual REEF Fish Out of Water Virtual 5K by running, walking, biking, hiking, swimming, paddling, and more. Together, we collectively completed more than 3,000 kilometers (over 1,870 miles!) and celebrated World Oceans Day in the process.
The Fish Out of Water 5K is more than just a way to get some exercise. By joining in this race, you did something good for yourself, for the oceans, and for others. We're thrilled to share that the 2022 Fish Out of Water 5K raised more than $25,000 for the REEF Oceans for All initiative. Oceans for All supports diversity, equity, and inclusion in marine conservation by providing opportunities for individuals from underrepresented groups to cultivate connections with the ocean. Fish Out of Water 5K proceeds will enable REEF to provide scholarships for marine life education programs to individuals, organizations and schools. Oceans for All also seeks to address financial barriers by providing support for REEF Marine Conservation Interns through monthly stipends and housing while they participate in this career-building program. Click here for more details about Oceans for All.
Thank you to everyone who joined in the Fish Out of Water 5K. Your support and involvement truly makes a difference. 1,597 individuals have taken part in this virtual race since 2020, and we hope to keep increasing that number each year. Be sure to save the date for fourth annual Fish Out of Water Virtual 5K on June 5-11, 2023.