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Gorilla Run of Edmonton, Alberta, Canada | 5k Charity Event

Updated on August 27, 2015
Costumed Runners
Costumed Runners | Source

Gorilla Charity Run of Edmonton, Alberta

The 5k Charity Fun Run of Edmonton, Alberta, is not your average charity event. For this race, you'll don your favorite gorilla costume and traverse the 5k course route. It's great fun, and all to help the Mountain gorillas of Africa.

Held in September each year, hundreds of participants in Edmonton, Alberta, walk and run the course in their gorilla costumes, raising money for the Mountain Gorilla Conservation Fund. So don your costume, and join the fun!

Where is the Gorilla Run Held?

The Gorilla Run is held in Victoria Park, in Edmonton, Alberta. Check out the map below for detailed directions.

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12130 River Valley Rd NW, Edmonton, Alberta, Canada
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Run, Gorilla. Run!

Run, gorilla.  Run!
Run, gorilla. Run! | Source

The Gorilla Run is held each September in Edmonton, Alberta, Canada. All participants in the Run wear full gorilla costumes, complete with masks and hands. Creativity is encouraged, so you'll find gorillas in tutus, kilts and face paint, among other adornments.

The race begins at 10:00 am. The first to leave the starting line are the gorillas with wheels. These include people on bicycles or in wheelchairs. Motorized vehicles, skateboards, rollerblades and scooters are not permitted.

Just 5 minutes later, those on foot head out on the course. Runners, walkers, joggers and cyclists - each in gorilla costumes, hit the bike trails & city streets, all in the name of charity. Quite an amusing sight to see in Edmonton - or anywhere - on a September morning!

Registration & Fundraising Information

To become part of the Gorilla Run, you must first register and pay your entry fee. Your entry fee includes a gorilla costume, which you get to keep after the run is complete.

Gorilla suits can be picked up before the day of the run. It's best to try it on in advance, to make certain it fits. If you prefer, you can wear your own gorilla costume. However, keep in mind that in order to win any of the prizes, you must be wearing full gorilla gear at the end of the run.

The point of the Gorilla Run is to raise money for the Gorilla Fund. There are a number of incentives for donating money. For $50.00, you will receive an event t-shirt. Other donations will earn anything from a stuffed gorilla, to an insulated vest, to a drawing to win a bicycle! To learn more about the fundraising, download the fundraising tool kit.

The Perfect Gorilla Suit

If you'd rather supply your own gorilla costume for the run, consider this complete bodysuit. It comes with hands, feet, and mask, so you won't have to purchase anything separately.

California Costumes Men's Adult Gorilla Costume
California Costumes Men's Adult Gorilla Costume

While most gorillas are black or brown, this costume also comes in a variety of colors. Who says a gorilla can't be green or purple?

It's made of polyester, so it will keep you warm in the winter months, or in late October for Halloween. And it's so realistic, your friends will look at you twice!



A number of prizes are awarded during the Gorilla Race. These include:

  • Most creative gorilla costume
  • Highest fundraiser gorilla
  • First male gorilla to finish
  • First female gorilla to finish
  • First child to finish the race by bicycle
  • Senior gorilla
  • Largest family group (with same last name, or corporate name)

The Mountain Gorilla Conservation Fund (MGCF)

Silverback gorilla postcard
Silverback gorilla postcard | Source

The Mountain Gorilla Conservation Fund helps protect the endangered silverback mountain gorillas of Rwanda, Uganda and the Congo regions of Africa.

In 1987, only 248 mountain gorillas lived in the wild. Because of the efforts of people like Dr. Dian Fossey, Ruth Keesling, and the Mountain Gorilla Conservation Fund, there are now approximately 790 mountain gorillas in existence! The MGCF offers veterinary services, habitat protection, and public education, thus ensuring the gorilla population continues to grow.

Charity events such as the Edmonton Gorilla Race help raise money to expand these programs.

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This is a fun event that is held in a number of cities, including Austin, Texas and London, England. Would you run in a gorilla suit for charity?

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    • lesliesinclair profile image

      lesliesinclair 4 years ago

      Naw, it would just be too hot. I'd do something else for charity.

    • FantasticVoyages profile image

      Fantastic Voyages 4 years ago from Texas

      Well, I'm not much of a runner. But it would still be fun to participate in, especially in the gorilla suit!

    • poldepc lm profile image

      poldepc lm 4 years ago

      never heard about it...but it seems "fun"...I would participate for charity...

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