Runners and animal lovers have a common goal this October: run for the wild. The Wildlife Conservation Society is having a 5k run and a Family Fun Run/Walk on Sunday, October 9th in order to raise funds to help save turtles. Last April, the WCS held a similar event at the Bronx Zoo that was incredibly successful. This time around, the Coney Island boardwalk will be the track. If you’re up for the 5k run, it is non competitive, but the top 3 male and 3 female runners will receive prizes. But here’s the cool part: you and your entire family, kids included, can participate too. The Family Fun Run/Walk lets you all contribute in the fundraiser. You can even walk/run with strollers. There isn’t a minimum fundraising goal for you to reach, but the WCS recommends raising a total of $250.
Registration is $30 for each adult, and $20 for kids ages 4-12. Kids 3 and under are free. Your registration fee includes admission to the aquarium for that day, as well as a commemorative t-shirt and two rides at Luna Park. Plus, you may qualify for additional prizes depending on your fundraising total. The 5k starts at 8:00am. The Family Fun Run/Walk starts at 8:45am. Judging by the popularity of the previous race at the Bronx Zoo, if you’d like to register, it is suggested that you do so in advance, in case it sells out.
For more information on the Run for the Wild, visit their website.