SAN DIEGO - Get set for the San Diego Zoo Safari Park's inaugural half marathon and 5K family fun walk this spring. Both courses will start and finish inside the Safari Park, with views of bonobos, giraffes, rhinos and herds of other animals from around the globe.The competitive half marathon starts at 7 a.m. on March 13, 2011, in the parking lot of the park. The 13.1-mile course runs through the San Pasqual Valley past orange groves and a golf course, weaves in and out of the park and ultimately ends near the park's herd of African elephants. The half marathon is limited to 3,500 runners and has a time limit of three hours. Awards will be given to the top three overall half-marathon finishers and the top three finishers in each division. All marathon participants will receive a finisher medal. The registration fee for the half marathon is $65 until Dec. 31. Fees for the marathon will increase to $70 in January and $75 in February, until March 9, 2011. If space is still available, race-day registration is $85. Each half marathon registration includes admission to the Park on the day of the race, a T-shirt, a virtual goodie bag and vouchers for two spectators to enter the Safari Park on race day for the discounted rate of $15 (valid on race day only). The 5K walk is open to all ages. Rates for adults are $25, increasing to $30 in January until March 9; race-day registration is $35. Children ages 3-11 are $20. Secure, online registration for both events is available at www.safariparkhalfmarathon.com or call 619-557-3915 to request a registration form.
********** Published: December 9, 2010 - Volume 9 - Issue 34