The Cincinnati Gorilla Run
returns April 3 for its fifth year to help raise funds for the Mountain Gorilla Conservation Fund
(MGCF), the Denver-based organization protecting mountain gorillas and habitats in Africa where they’re highly endangered.
“We’re helping protect the estimated 880 remaining mountain gorillas, which is all that’s alive in the world,” MGCF Development Director Debbie Wright says. “Run like a gorilla to save a gorilla.”
The 5k run will start and finish at Montgomery Inn Boathouse, taking gorilla- and banana-dressed runners through downtown, across the bridge to Newport and then back into Cincinnati.
Everyone is encouraged to run, and groups are suggested. There will be awards for first, second and third place in both the male and female categories as well as the most creative costume.
Funds raised from the marathon will go toward the Ruth Keesling Wildlife Health and Research Center, a veterinary facility in Uganda where local students are trained to become veterinarians and take care of gorillas in the field, Wright says.
to participate in the Cincinnati Gorilla Run 2016, starting at 11 a.m. April 3 at the Montgomery Inn Boathouse downtown.
• Can’t run/walk in the 5k? Donate
to help support the Mountain Gorilla Conservation Fund’s mission.
• For more information on how you can help, visit the Mountain Gorilla Conservation Fund’s website