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by Bastion Harrison (subscribe)
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great gorilla run

Am I going mad, or did I just see a gorilla run by? Well the two aren't mutually exclusive, but if you ever do see a gorilla run through London, there is no need to call the zoo and warn them one of their animals have escaped. You have probably seen someone tackling The Great Gorilla Run.

If you have ever complained about being tired after a run, next time try doing it in a big gorilla suit and see how you feel. That's what hundreds of people will be doing on the 21st September. The 7 kilometre run through London is all in an effort to raise money for the Gorilla Organisation. As the name suggests, the organisation works hard to protect gorillas and save the declining population from extinction in the wild. There are four species of gorilla, all of which live in West and Central Africa, and all of which are critically endangered. While the Western Lowland Gorilla has almost been wiped out by ebola virus, the other three all suffer from the effects of deforestation.

The money raised by The Great Gorilla Run goes towards preserving what is left of their habitat, by helping the people who also live there, gather what they need from outside the forest.

If you would like to help protect the gorillas, you can register for £80. You will also need to raise £400 sponsorship, which you can do by promoting the run with a 'sponsor me' video. Anyone 14 and over can participate, plus you get to keep your gorilla suit afterwards.
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Why? Raise money for charity
When: 21st September
Phone: 020 7916 4974
Where: City of London
Cost: £80 registration, £400 sponsorship
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