Running Zone Donates $7,500 To Brevard Zoo

By  //  June 24, 2012

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BREVARD COUNTY, FLORIDA – The Running Zone donated $7,500 to the Brevard Zoo from proceeds received from the Raptor Run held at the zoo last March.

RUNNING ZONE OWNERS: Don and Denise Piercy’s vision has grown into a significant enterprise that now includes multiple retail locations, a race management operation and a foundation which stages dozens of races annually in an effort to promote and encourage health and fitness through running, jogging, walking, educational programs and publications.

This is the sixth year Running Zone has hosted a race there, and then donated the net proceeds to the organization. Running Zone has donated a total of $34,000 to the Brevard Zoo in the past six years.

More than 1,368 runners registered to participate in the race this year, including 386 youngsters under age 14. This was an increase of 132 from the 2011 race, the “Rhino Romp.”

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This year’s race Raptor Run took participants on a 3K run from the main entrance, down the service road to the backside of the zoo, and then into the zoo running around the main loop and through “Paws–On.”

Dinosaurs: Dead or Alive? (Brevard Zoo image)

From there, runners headed into “Wild Florida” and out onto the “Dinosaurs: Dead or Alive?” exhibit trail, before circling back along the backside of the zoo to the main entrance for the finish line. Animals were stationed along the course for runners to view along the journey.

Runners also caught a glimpse of the temporary dinosaur exhibit, which just closed at the zoo.

The races at the zoo are always animal–themed and bring a variety of participants including children and families.

In 2013, Running Zone will host the “Monkey Madness” 3K run at the zoo on Saturday, March 2.

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