Suit up for a Good Cause: The 2011 Austin Gorilla Run

January 3, 2011 by · Leave a Comment 

Happy New Year from all of us at West Austin Properties!  If you're like us, you've already set your 2011 goals and resolutions to make this year your best year yet! To help you get started and really hit the ground running (literally!) towards your fitness goals, I wanted to share with you what might be the most bizarre and unforgettable race Austin has to offer; the Austin Gorilla Run.

On Jan. 22nd hundreds of Austinites will suit up in a full, head-to-toe gorilla costume to help raise awareness about the world-wide plight of the Mountain Gorilla. Don't have a gorilla costume? Don't worry! Everyone who registers will receive a gorilla suit to keep (doubling as your Halloween costume from now until eternity!), as well as lunch at Fado Irish Pub and an after party complete with live music by Achachay! Run, walk, skate, bike and dance your way into the New Year, gorilla style, to benefit the Mountain Gorilla Conservation Fund.

Proceeds from the race directly benefit Ugandans, Rwandans, and citizens of the Democratic Republic of Congo in veterinary educational training, with the end goal of protecting the highly endangered Mountain Gorillas in Africa. In 1987 there were only 248 mountain gorillas alive in the world, but through the veterinary and conservation efforts of the MGCF, the population is now up to 720.

When: Jan. 22nd at 9 a.m.

Where: Outside Fado Irish Pub, 214 W. Fourth St.

Entry Fee: $99.95 (*chimp change 🙂 when you consider all the gorillas you will be saving and the many uses you will get out of your new gorilla costume!!)

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We look forward to suiting up and seeing you there! If you've ever been a part of this race or witnessed hundreds of gorillas running through downtown Austin we'd love to hear about it! Comment below with stories, pictures or even suggestions on how to best run in a gorilla suit…I imagine it could be kinda tricky!

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