CAN YOU RUN FASTER THAN A HIPPO?

-- Course map released and Colorado Springs walk-in registration sites open for Cheyenne Mountain Zoo’s Run to the Shrine --


April 20, 2011, Colorado Springs, CO – Despite their size, hippos can run faster than humans – up to 30 miles per hour in short spurts! Fortunately, you don’t have to move quite that fast to participate in Cheyenne Mountain Zoo’s third annual Run to the Shrine fundraiser on Saturday, May 21, 2011.

This year’s new 5K/10K run-walk courses are certified by the USATF. The challenging 10K is perfect for competitive runners gearing up for summer races, and the 5K is a shorter alternative for weekend warriors and families. Jogging strollers are welcome!

Click here for the new course map.

More than 1,000 people are expected to lace up their running shoes and tackle the 1,400-foot elevation gain leading up to the Will Rogers Shrine of the Sun, perched at over 7,000 feet. Both the 5K and 10K wind through the zoo with giraffes, elephants, and grizzlies lining the course, and it's the only day of the year foot traffic is allowed on the breathtaking road to the Shrine.

Registration is currently open online and at these The Colorado Running Company walk-in sites (starting Friday, April 22):

833 N. Tejon Street, Colorado Springs                   
9275 N. Union Boulevard, Suite 120, Colorado Springs

Registration includes bragging rights, zoo admission for the day, a commemorative t-shirt, and post-event food and drink at Cheyenne Mountain Zoo's Lodge at Moose Lake. All proceeds help feed and care for Cheyenne Mountain Zoo's 800+ animals. Since the zoo doesn’t receive any tax support, community events like this help keep the zoo “running.”

Fast Facts

Run to the Shrine

Saturday, May 21, 2011

Rain or Shine

10K

7:15 a.m.

Starts near The Broadmoor

5K

8:15 a.m.

Starts at Cheyenne Mountain Zoo front gates

Adult: $30

Senior, 60+: $20

Children, 11-17: $20

10 & Under: $10

Register before May 18 to avoid higher prices on race day.

Visit cmzoo.org/run for training tips and registration information.

Cheyenne Mountain Zoo’s third annual Run to the Shrine is presented by Kaiser Permanente and supported by The Citadel, Whole Foods, Out There Colorado, and The Colorado Running Company, in coordination with Downing Events.