The 10th annual Gorilla Run took place in downtown Denver today, October 26. 1,161 people dressed up in gorilla costumes gathered near Union Station to mark the event.
The Gorilla Run charity takes place every year to raise money for the Mountain Gorilla Conservation Fund. This international charity aims to save the world's mountain gorillas. The charity is succeeding at its goal. Today, gorillas are increasing in numbers while just a few years ago their numbers were diminishing.
Men, women and even children dress up in full gorilla costumes to take part in the three-mile race. For a one-time fee of $95, participants get a gorilla costume they get to keep. Every year after that, the fee is only $45 to participate. Again, the money is for charity.
People get creative with their costumes. People put brain hats on top of their gorilla heads. They dress up as soldier gorillas, bride gorillas, beach and troll and hockey gorillas. People pack elaborate shopping carts with treats and beer. They dress up their dogs as bananas – one family had an actual banana strapped to their dog's back in case of a hunger attack.
Entrants can choose to bike around the three-mile section of downtown Denver. They can also run the track for a prize, or simply meander.
The event, which is sponsored by Wynkoop Brewing Company and Silverback Pale Ale, includes other highlights in addition to gorillas running. Local restaurants provide food. The whole block gets shut down for a party. And imaginative gorilla-people get entered into the Most Creative Gorilla Costume Contest.
Every year the event keeps track of the number of gorilla-costume-clad people in one place. There's a Guinness World Record attached to the event. This year the 1,161 people dressed in full gorilla costume beat the previous record.
In the end, it's all for a good cause – keeping the late Dian Fossey's dream alive in saving the magnificent mountain gorillas.