The Great Gorilla Run

By Meera Dolasia on September 28, 2008

Word Search

Hundreds of runners, all donned in gorilla suits took to the streets of London this weekend, to participate in the sixth annual, 7km Great Gorilla Run, a charity event to help endangered mountain gorillas. This year's record turnout of 735 people, one for every mountain gorilla alive, aimed to raise $400,000 USD to help preserve the dwindling population of this majestic animal.

The gorillas came wearing tutus, hula skirts and even bikinis. Some brandished tennis rackets, while others whacked their counterparts with huge plastic bananas. Thousands of spectators also came to join the fun, cheering as the gorillas ran past some of England's most famous landmarks, including the Tower of London, St. Paul's Cathedral and the London Bridge. The gorilla suits, while cool to look at are heavy and rather cumbersome to run in, but the runners didn't seem to care - they were just having a good time.

This first Great Gorilla Run, sponsored by The Gorilla Foundation, took place in London in 2003. Since then over 3,000 people have participated in the annual run to help raise over $2million USD for this great cause. The foundation uses the money to not only save the habitats of the gorillas, but also to educate and help the people who live in the areas on how to better uses the resources, while protecting the environment they live in. They also help provide some basic amenities like tap water, so that children in these often impoverished areas can focus on going to school, rather then spending half their day looking for water. 

Encouraged by the success of the race in London, the Foundation is starting to organize these fun races in other big cities of the world.  In 2007, a Gorilla Run organized in San Francisco's Golden Gate Park, raised $100,000 USD. This year the organizers are planning to hold the runs in New York  , China and Amsterdam . For more information on this fun event check out http://www.greatgorillas.org

Sources: Telegraph.co.uk, Greatgorillas.org, BBCNews.org

Share by EmailShare on FacebookShare on Google+Share on TwitterShare on tumblrShare on StumbleUponShare on PinterestShare on RedditShare on Edmodo
7 Comments
to use your custom avatar.
  • awills03
    awills036/9/2013
    I feel so bad for the gorillas!!!!
    • awills03
      awills036/9/2013
      That is not nice to say hot sweaty conisder trying to help these indangered animals cause they can really use some help 4real guys!!!!!!!!
    • sillygirl5/12/2011
      Ha, ha those gorillas look so funny in costumes!
      • tigg tigg3/12/2011
        LOL
        • dah1/7/2011
          omg hot,sweaty
          • french girl11/20/2010
            les gorille qui cour?(In FRENCH) racing gorilla?(In English)
            • Ellie9/30/2008
              That race is so funny. Pour gorillas.

              Vocabulary

              cumbersomedwindlingimpoverished

              Geography

              Most Popular Articles

              Incredible 'Tree Of 40 Fruit' Lives Up To Its Name
              Can 'Mini-Farms' Help Solve World Hunger?
              Incredible 'Tree Of 40 Fruit' Lives Up To Its Name
              Our Disappearing Birds
              Minecraft As A Mandatory Subject In School? Sweet!
              Boo Mania Sweeps Over America (And The World)!
              Are You Ready To 'Gangnam Style'?
              Video Of The Week - If Frozen Was A Horror Movie . . .

              Latest Comments

              5sos wrote:

              Needs to be 20% cooler
              Incredible 'Tree Of 40 Fruit' Li...

              Steven Adams wrote:

              He wants to play with me!
              Video Of The Week - A Future NBA...

              squig!!!!!!!!!! wrote:

              hahahaha my fav. photo is the fi...
              America's Favorite Giant Panda C...

              ALA