-- Cheyenne Mountain Zoo debuts new medallion made out of elephant poop for winners of upcoming Run to the Shrine 5K/10K --

April 20, 2012 Colorado Springs, CO – It’s a run like no other, so the medallions should be unique, too. That’s why Cheyenne Mountain Zoo called on Lucky and Kimba, African elephants, to help make a special memento for the winners of the fourth annual Run to the Shrine fundraiser on Saturday, May 19, 2012. First the elephant poop was dried, then molded into a medallion shape and cured with epoxy resin. This medal definitely won’t end up in a box in your closet!

Registration for Run to the Shrine is now open at select Colorado Springs running stores as well as online. Run to the Shrine is the ONLY day of the year foot traffic is allowed on the breathtaking road to the Will Rogers Shrine of the Sun, and more than 1,000 people are expected to lace up their running shoes and tackle the nearly 1,400-foot elevation gain. Both the 5K and 10K are USATF-certified and chip timed, winding through the zoo with giraffes, tigers, and grizzlies lining the course. 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 course map.

See photos of Run to the Shrine.

Registration includes bragging rights, zoo admission for the day, a commemorative t-shirt featuring elephants, and a post-event party 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.”

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