-- Walk-ups still welcome to participate in ONLY day of the year foot traffic is allowed
on the road to the Will Rogers Shrine of the Sun --

May 17, 2012 Colorado Springs, CO – 1,000 runners are expected to rise and “Shrine” at Cheyenne Mountain Zoo this Saturday, May 19. The fourth annual Run to the Shrine 5K/10K fundraiser is the ONLY day of the year foot traffic is allowed on the breathtaking road to the Will Rogers Shrine of the Sun. Online pre-registration is closed, however, participants can still register at the event.

Both the 5K and 10K run-walk courses are USATF-certified and chip timed, winding through the zoo with giraffes, tigers, and grizzlies lining the course. The challenging 10K, with a nearly 1,400-foot elevation gain, 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!

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 made out of elephant poop. 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 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.”

Click here for the course map.

See photos of Run to the Shrine.


Run to the Shrine
Saturday, May 19, 2012

6:15 a.m. Registration
7:15 a.m. Race start
Starts near The Broadmoor Hotel

7:30 a.m. Registration
8:30 a.m. Race start
Starts at Cheyenne Mountain Zoo’s front gates; carpooling is strongly encouraged

Adult: $45

Senior, 60+: $30

Children, 11-17: $30

10 & Under: $15

Cheyenne Mountain Zoo’s fourth annual Run to the Shrine is presented by AspenPointe and these community sponsors: OutThereColorado.com, Whole Foods, The Citadel, Qdoba Mexican Grill

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