Seneca Park Zoo’s Jungle Jog 5K, a favorite within the Rochester running community, will be hosted again this year on Sunday, July 19. The race takes runners of all abilities and ages through lower Seneca Park, into the Zoo, past some of our animal residents and back.
In addition to the 5K challenge, the Seneca Park Mile offers runners the opportunity to race around the Trout Pond in lower Seneca Park, while the Kids’ Fun Run gives racers ages 1 to 7 a chance of their own to participate.
New this year, runners and non-runners can start fundraising teams in support of Jungle Jog through the fundraising site Everyday Hero. 50% of all funds raised will support lemurs in Madagascar and 50% will go to support the lemurs here at the Zoo.
Ring-tailed lemurs like those at the Zoo are considered endangered, while many other species of lemur are listed at critically endangered or vulnerable. In fact, recent reports indicate that if the habitat loss lemurs are experiencing continues, they could be extinct within 25 years.
That’s why this cause is more important than ever. Starting a fundraising team comes with perks:
• Raise $50 and your race fee is waived.
• Raise $100 and your race fee is waived and you get a free Dri Tech T-shirt.
• Raise $250 and your race fee is waived, you get a free Dri Tech T-shirt and two tickets to Party Madagascar (for people 21-and-older) OR a lemur plush (for people younger than 21)
• Raise $500 and get everything mentioned above AND a lemur experience at the Zoo!
Participants have raised over $1,000 so far and more teams are being started every day. You can donate directly to the 2015 Jungle Jog 5K or start a fundraising team here.
Register to run by 5 p.m. on July 6 and get a T-shirt with your registration fee for the 5K and Seneca Park Mile!
And make sure to stop by the South American exhibit in the Main Building if you’re at the Zoo this weekend! There are two new animals to spot.
See if you can find them on your next visit!