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Chester Zoo’s 10K run returning for 2024… here’s how you can sign up and help save rhinos

The new 10K circuit will see runners stomp through the zoo past elephants, giraffes, camels and otters

Chester Zoo’s 10K ‘Run For Nature’ is returning this September – with runners helping the zoo to protect highly threatened rhinos.

The new event, which is only in its second year, is set for Sunday 22 September – an important day on the international calendar known as World Rhino Day, where conservationists right across the world raise awareness of their efforts to protect highly threatened species of rhino.

Only 2,500 spaces are up for grabs and runners will stomp through the 128-acre zoo, racing past Asian elephants, Rothschild’s giraffes, camels and giant otters – all before continuing out into the wider Cheshire countryside and circling back to the finish line at the zoo.

Runners of all abilities are invited to take part in the main 10K and a special one mile ‘Zoom’ fun run will also take place for children between the age of 4 – 15 years old.

All participants will receive a sustainable medal on completion of the run, as well as free entry to the zoo on the day. Top fundraisers will also have the opportunity to win a variety of prizes, which include annual zoo memberships, animal adoptions and experiences, as well as zoo vouchers being up for grabs.

All proceeds will go towards the zoo’s efforts to protect rhinos from extinction, which include developing innovative scientific research techniques at the zoo over the last 15 years, using hormone monitoring to provide crucial insights into the health of rhinos. Just a few months ago, the technology helped 21 critically endangered black rhinos be returned to an area in northern Kenya where they had previously been extinct for 50 years.

Lorraine Jubb, Fundraising Lead at Chester Zoo, said:

“We’re really excited to be bringing back our 10K Run For Nature event and we’re inviting 2,500 fundraisers to take part and help us raise money for our incredible conservation work. Runners will start in the zoo and pass an array of animals, before hitting the surrounding roads in the Cheshire countryside and crossing the finishing line – it’s a relatively flat route and an excellent opportunity to break your PB!

“This year’s race is extra special as it falls on World Rhino Day – a global celebration of conservation efforts to protect these magnificent animals from extinction. So, this year, we’re asking runners to raise money and help support our species-saving work with different rhinos – helping us to create a future where rhinos thrive.“Registration for Run For Nature is now open. All you have to do is sign up online and we’ll send you a registration pack in the post, which includes all of the fundraising details and your numbered bib, so you can just turn up on the day and start warming up. It’s going to be a fun-filled day that the whole family can get involved in and make a real difference for wildlife.”

500,000 rhinos once roamed across Europe, Asia and Africa. But global rhino numbers have dropped significantly to around just 25,000 today. Of the world’s five species of rhino, three are critically endangered and face an extremely high chance of becoming extinct in the wild – according the International Union for the Conservation of Nature (IUCN), the world’s authority on the state of nature.

To register for Chester Zoo’s Run For Nature 10K or the one mile Zoom run for children, please visit: www.chesterzoo.org/run

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