The Denver Gorilla Run is a charitable event that helps to raise money for the Mountain Gorilla Charitable Fund. Participants come from all over the country to run, bike, or walk a 3.5 mile course—in gorilla costumes.
The event is open to adults, families, children, and other community groups. Registration fees the run are $99.95 for each adult. That fee includes a gorilla suit which participants can keep after the race. Registration fees for returning adult participants are $50.00 as there is no need to supply a gorilla costume. Children who wish to participate in the run pay a registration of $50 and receive a child sized gorilla costume. Children that have participated in previous events who already have a gorilla costume pay a fee of $35. Groups or families of 8 or more people receive a 10% discount off of registration fees.
First time participants need to stop by the Gorilla Run office to pick up gorilla costumes. For comfort, the costumes come in various sizes. Medium sized costumes accommodate people up to 5 foot 7 inches tall. Large sized costume accommodate people up to 6 feet 2 inches tall and extra large or “silver back” costumes are for people up to 6 feet 4 inches tall. The children’s costumes accommodate children up to 4 feet tall.
For more information on the Denver Gorilla Run, call the office at 720-524-0272 or check out their website at www.denvergorillarun.com.
Funds collected from the event are used to benefit the charitable fund as well as to help protect the Mountain gorillas in Africa. Mountain gorillas were first identified in 1902 in the Virunga Mountain Range in Rwanda by German explorer Captain Robert von Beringe. Since that time, the number of gorillas has declined steadily due to the loss of their habitat and other issues. In 1987, only 248 gorillas were left. Due to conservation efforts, the number of Mountain gorillas has increased to around 790 gorillas. The goal of the Mountain Gorilla Charitable Fun is to partner with communities in Africa to develop ways to improve life and provide income for residents without destroying the habitat that the gorillas need to survive. Current projects include a teacher training project, a veterinary project, school projects, and also a project to raise Guinea fowl as a source of income.
For more information about the organization or these projects, visit the website at www.saveAgorilla.org.