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Cool races in cool places: Run for the Wild, Bronx Zoo, New York City

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RUN FOR THE WILD

When: Saturday, April 26, 2014 (8 a.m. start for runners, 8:45 a.m. start for walkers and families)

Distance: 5K (3.1 miles) Course map

WCS RFTW_3What makes it a cool race: Lions, tigers, bears, oh my! The 6th annual Run for the Wild takes place in the Bronx Zoo – before the zoo is open to the public. That’s right – it’s just you, some other runners, and animals. Lots of animals.  Several of the animal exhibits are opened for participants so you’ll catch glimpses of wildlife as you make your way through the course. And after the event, you get to hang out at the zoo all day long.

Proceeds from the race go to the Wildlife Conservation Society, which is working to reduce poaching and give elephants a fighting chance for survival.

“We are losing 96 elephants a day,” said Rachel Libretti, project manager for Run for the Wild. “It’s a crisis and this event is about raising money and raising awareness.” Read more about the cause.

What makes it a cool place: The Bronx Zoo, located in New York City, is the largest zoo in a metropolitan area. With more than 6,000 animals, the zoo is made up of 165 acres of land and is run by the Wildlife Conservation Society.

Cost: $40 for adults, $30 for children (3–15) and $30 for Seniors (65+). Your registration gets you admission into the zoo for the day.

In addition, all adults and senior registrants must also raise at least $30 before the run in order to participate. The minimum fundraising requirement is waived for children. More info.

Who should run the race: This is a great, fun event for all ages – including families – and it’s especially pertinent to wildlife advocates.

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Photo courtesy of Run for the Wild