11th Annual Gorilla Run!
Photos by Wide Angle Photography and others
The Annual Edmonton Gorilla Run is back again! We welcome our returning participants and are excited to meet the first timers!
The Edmonton Gorilla Run is a community event made up of a 1K Little Gorilla Run, 5K and 10K Walk / Run. It is a hilarious sight to see as hundreds of gorillas make their way through Edmonton's river valley wearing a gorilla suit with some dressing up their costume to participate in the "Gorilla Costume Contest".
This race is like no other in Edmonton!
The Edmonton Gorilla Run started ten years ago after talking with Mr. Frank Keesling, the President of the Mountain Gorilla Conservation Fund in Denver, CO. Frank and his team organize the highly successful Denver Gorilla Run and together we were able to bring his idea to Edmonton!
Over the past ten years, the funds generated from the Edmonton Gorilla Run have gone towards helping to expand the Ruth Keesling Wildlife Health and Research Center at the Makerere University in Kampala Uganda. This facility includes two main lecture rooms, two large scale research laboratories, postgraduate and grant research offices, and a Wildlife Disease Surveillance Biohazard Level 1 Bio Bank, which houses wildlife infectious diseases such as West Nile Virus, Avian Flu, Ebola, etc. for research in the same facility.
Today, our goal is to increase the number of veterinarians in the field, to monitor and provide the highest level of veterinary care for the mountain and lowland gorillas.
Our focus is to provide financial assistance to African students pursuing a university education in veterinary medicine in the Democratic Republic of the Congo, Rwanda and Uganda.
We would like to thank everyone for their support over the last ten years.
Thanks to you, we are well on our way to providing our first two scholarships!
Who can Participate?
Our race is open to people of all skill levels and who are ready for a good time!
Do you Need a Gorilla Suit?
No, you do not need a Gorilla Suit to participate in our race, but we encourage you all to bring out your inner Gorilla!
For those who wear their suit, we strongly encourage you to "Be Creative" because we have a Gorilla Costume Contest starting at 9:30 am.
For more information about how to get your Gorilla Suit please visit the Running Room Race Page.
Have some more questions?
Friday May 8th, 2020
12:00 pm - 6:00 pm
109 Street Running Room
8537 - 109 Street
Edmonton, AB T6G 1E4
Ph: (780) 433-6062
Or on site on Race Day
Registration opens at 8:00 am
RACES & TIMES
1K Little Gorilla Run @ 9:45 AM
Gorilla 10K Run @ 10:00 AM
Gorilla 5K Run @ 10:05 AM
Gorilla 10K Walk @ 10:10 AM
Gorilla 5K Walk @ 10:15 AM
Strollers 5K or 10K allowed
( Strollers are Not allowed for
1K Little Gorilla Run)
9:30 - 9:45 am
Chapman's Ice Cream!
Adult 10K / 5K $35 until Sept 30
$40 until Dec 31
$45 until May 7
Adult Late Fee $50 incl. May 9
Strollers 10K / 5K $40 until Sept 30
$45 until Dec 31
$50 until May 7
Late Fee $55 incl. May 9
Gorilla Suits are available to participants at an additional
A special thank you
to all of our sponsors: