Hundreds of gorillas (sort of) will stampede through city streets this Saturday during the Austin Gorilla Run.
The event, which includes a 5K fun run/walk/cycle, starts at 9 a.m. at the Mueller Browning Hangar off of Airport Boulevard.
Everyone who registers for the run gets a brand-new gorilla suit to keep. Temperatures are forecast to hover in the 40s and 50s on Saturday, which should make all the furry-costume-wearing participants happy. (The 80 percent change of rain, however, may not. Let’s hope it rolls in after the gorillas have disbanded.)
A costume contest will precede the run, and little gorillas can compete in an obstacle challenge course. Afterward, Thirsty Planet Brewing Company will pour aptly-named Silverback Pale Ale. Food trucks will also be on hand to re-fuel ravenous primates.
“The race is for everyone from kids and singles to families and team building corporations,” Frank Keesling, president of the Denver-based organization, said in a press release. “We are keeping Austin weird in a fun family way for all ages as well as bringing awareness to the critically endangered mountain gorilla.”
Proceeds from the event will help fund the new Ruth Keesling Wildlife Health and Research Center in Kampala, Uganda, where local Africans can learn wildlife health and management. The center will also house a laboratory dedicated to the study of infectious wildlife diseases.