CANADA RUNNING SERIES RAISES OVER $46,000 FOR TORONTO ZOO AT THE 15th ANNUAL OASIS ZOORUN
Photo Left: Lanni Marchant crosses the finish line Photo Right: Participants Enjoying the 5K Walk/Run
Held since 2003, this much-loved Canada Running Series (CRS) 10K & 5K Walk/Run, plus CubRun, has been attended by over 62,179 runners and has raised $396,725 to support the Toronto Zoo’s efforts to save and protect species at home and abroad. This years’ sold-out event saw 5,420 participants who helped raise over $46,000 to support the Zoo’s conservation efforts.
“On behalf of the staff and volunteers at the Toronto Zoo, I want to extend my gratitude to everyone at Canada Running Series for their outstanding support and commitment to this major fundraising initiative held here for the last 15 years,” said John Tracogna, Chief Executive Officer. “This has been one of the most successful and long-standing Toronto Zoo fundraising events in our history and we are very thankful for the support CRS has given which enables the Zoo to continue our important work of protecting and saving species.”
Every year participants are encouraged to bring the whole family for a day of fitness, fun and fundraising and an additional 1,100 people came to cheer on their loved ones! As well, and in celebration of the Canada 150 and the last year of giant pandas, the Canada Running Series created a special Oasis Zoo Run Medal featuring Canada’s only giant panda cubs Jia Panpan (Canadian Hope) and Jia Yueyue (Canadian Joy).
Results from this year’s run saw Canadian half and marathon record holder Lanni Marchant as the first female to finish in a time of 35:21. Behind her were Loudmilia Kortchagunia of Markham–also the top master–in second place in 35:45 and in third was Toronto-native Laura Desjardins in 36:08. Marchant, who now calls Toronto home, finished fourth just one week ago at the Vancouver Eastside 10K, where she ran 34:33.
On the men’s side, Wendimu Adamu, representing the Toronto Olympic Club, was first to finish in 31:00. Nine seconds back was Kyle Grieve of Toronto in 31:09 with Hajin Tola, also of Toronto, in third in 31:43. Robert Vandenheuvel of Woodbridge was the top male master in a time of 35:40. The courses take runners and walkers, many in costume, on a hilly route through and around the zoo with plenty of opportunities to see the zoo’s local inhabitants-the animals!
The Toronto Zoo looks forward to many more wild years with Canada Running Series!
MORE UPCOMING GRRREAT EVENTS!
Penguin Awareness Weekend
Saturday, September 30 and
Sunday, October 1, 2017
Calling all children, adults & penguin pals! Come and join us from 11:00 am-3:00 pm at the African Penguin exhibit where you can meet your lovable feathered friends. The day will be filled with special meet & greets, face painting, family activities and draws for unique penguin prizes. Don't forget to join us at 12:30pm for a special Keeper Talk, and 1:00pm for a penguin encounter!
African penguins are currently listed as an Endangered Species and it is projected that they could be extinct in the next 10 to 15 years. The wild population has dropped 95% in the last 100 years. Join us this weekend to learn how YOU can help penguins in the wild. The Toronto Zoo participates in the Species Survival Plan (SSP) for African penguins, and 100% of this weekend's proceeds will be donated to the South African non-profit "SANCCOB" and their amazing efforts in seabird rehabilitation and reintroduction.
Fall is one of the most beautiful times of the year at the Toronto Zoo with stunning fall colours, family-friendly photo opportunities and over 5,000 animals including Canada’s only Giant Pandas. Not only are we celebrating Canadian Thanksgiving but also the 2nd birthday of our giant panda cubs, Jia Yueyue and Jia Panpan! Drop by our Discovery Zone Courtyard for face painting* from 10am to 2pm daily. It’s the perfect weekend to enjoy the beautiful outdoors with family and friends.
*$2 per person to support Panda Conservation.
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CURRENT ZOO HOURS :
9:30 a.m. – 4:30 p.m. weekdays
9:30 a.m. – 6:00 p.m. weekends/holidays
Last admission one hour before closing.
The Toronto Zoo is open year round (except Dec. 25th).
CURRENT ADMISSION FEES :
General Admission (13-64): $29
Seniors (65+): $24
Children (3-12): $19
Children (2 and under): FREE
Prices include tax as applicable
Parking is $12 year round
For more information, contact Amanda Chambers at (416) 392-5974.
Events and admission prices subject to change without notice.
For general information visit torontozoo.com
The Toronto Zoo is Canada’s premier zoo and a national leader in saving wildlife to ensure the rich diversity of nature for future generations. More than a tourist attraction, the Toronto Zoo boasts a number of leading programs for helping wildlife and their natural habitats – from species reintroduction to reproductive research. A world-class educational centre for people of all ages, the Toronto Zoo is open every day except December 25 and attracts approximately 1.3 million visitors each year.
Toronto Zoo is accredited by Canada's Accredited Zoos and Aquariums (CAZA) and the Association of Zoos and Aquariums (AZA). The Zoo has also achieved the Canadian Council on Animal Care (CCAC) Certificate of Good Animal Practice® and is inspected by the Ontario Ministry of Agriculture, Food and Rural Affairs (OMAFRA).