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Running for Animals

Running for Animals

Coordinators are still looking for volunteers; event proceeds will go toward the care of 1,110 animals that reside at the Albuquerque Zoo, as well as enrichment projects, veterinary equipment and education outreach.

BY RENE THOMPSON

Details: runforthezoo.org

Event Start Times:

Half Marathon starts at 7 a.m., ends at 10:30 a.m.

10K Timed Run starts at 8 a.m.

5K Timed Run starts at 9:14 a.m. (first wave)

5K Fitness Walk starts at 10:15 a.m.

1K Fun Run starts at 11 a.m.

The 31st Annual ABQ Zoo Run hopes to bring more than 12,000 runners out on Sunday, May 1, beginning at 7 a.m. The last day to register online is April 28, but runners can register in person till April 30 or even the day of, if space is still available.

Starting at 6 a.m., some roads will close until 10:30 a.m. These include: Tingley Drive from Marquez to Central; Eighth Street from Marquez to Stover; and parts of 10th Street, Park, Kit Carson, and Laguna.

For the first time, Zia Graphics will host a Run for the Zoo merchandise store this year, and everyone who registers before April 22 will have their names printed on the back of one of the shirts available for sale.

The top three male and female runners and all half-marathon participants will receive finisher medals. Another new element this year is the VIP tent, featuring private toilets, a climate controlled sitting area, massages and breakfast burritos; the tent will be available during registration for an extra charge.  

More than 50 local schools are participating in this year’s run. Coordinators are still looking for volunteers; apply at runforthezoo.org/volunteer. Event proceeds will go toward the care of 1,110 animals that reside at the Albuquerque Zoo, as well as enrichment projects, veterinary equipment and education outreach.

(Photo credit: lionorgazelleracing.blogspot.com)

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Rene Thompson is a staff reporter at ABQ Free Press. Email her at rene@freeabq.com.

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