Runners Race in Gorilla Suits for Charity

On January 22, almost 700 people donned gorilla costumes to join in the first annual Austin Gorilla Run, a charity run benefiting the Mountain Gorilla Conservation Fund. Participants ran through downtown Austin on a scenic route near the river.

Awards for the race included First to Finish, “Senior Gorilla,” “Furthest Traveled Gorilla,” and other creative categories. The oldest runner was 76, and one participant traveled over 3,000 miles to do the run. There was also a special award for a contestant who finished the five kilometer race in a wheel chair. The highest individual fundraiser generated $868 and one couple made $1,500 for the gorilla charity.

The money raised by the Austin Gorilla Run goes to an animal clinic in Africa that focuses on caring for wild gorillas injured by human activities or that have respiratory illnesses. Their population is dwindling due to traps and snares set by humans for other animals and disease.

The gorilla clinic idea came from Dr. Dian Fossey, because she witnessed how many gorilla injuries were happening. Tragically, she was not alive to see it built and providing care for the gorillas she cared for so much. The clinic not only provides care, it conducts research into gorilla diseases in order to both treat and attempt to prevent them.

If you are interested in attending next year’s gorilla run, visit the Austin Gorilla Run for details. They also have a Facebook page, where updates are posted.

Image Credit: Austin Gorilla Run

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30 comments

Duane B.
.3 years ago

Thank you for sharing.

Danuta Watola
Danuta Watola4 years ago

thanks for the info

Karen Friedman
karen Friedmn4 years ago

Similar run last week on a smaller scale sponsored by Gorilla Glue based in Cincinnati. Read about it after the fact, in local paper.

K s Goh
KS Goh4 years ago

Thanks for the article.

Michele Wilkinson

Thank you

Shelli Lea
Past Member 5 years ago

Thanks for sharing!

Carolyn S.
Cally Smith5 years ago

How fantastic!!! Well done to every participant, it warms the heart.

Kari E.
Kari E.5 years ago

It looks fun!!!

Trish K.
Trish K.5 years ago

That would be a great race for the North Eastern part of the US in winter. It would be great to see gorillas running in the snow. Hope this catches on.

Geraldine H.
Gerri Hennessy5 years ago

Ha ha ha .. great idea!!!