Great Gorillas.

Wednesday, February 1, 2012

In the spirit of family fun and adventures, we recently participated in a run to benefit mountain gorillas.  We each put on a gorilla suit and headed downtown to join lots of other gorillas in a 5K fun-run.

It was crazy.  It was ridiculous.  It was exactly the sort of thing this family needs.

Because gorilla suits themselves aren't wild enough, the race encouraged costumes.  So we had Wonder Woman gorilla:

And Batman gorilla, who may well have been the tiniest gorilla suited up:

I was SuperMama gorilla.  Little Brother kindly loaned me his cape.

And there was Beatles Fan gorilla, who couldn't quite believe what his wife was making him do bright and early on a Saturday morning.  Poor Mr. Great was feeling a bit under the weather, which made him all the more incredulous.

We were not the craziest gorillas.  Our costumes were very modest compared to some.

We enjoyed the excellent people-watching and entertainment.

The run itself was a bit on the cold side (who would have guessed that the wind would blow right through those hairy gorilla suits?!).  But we did our best to warm up as we scooted through downtown.

We were not the last gorillas to finish, which is how this family defines race success.  Well done, gorillas!

After the race, we had some snacks, and enjoyed the rare opportunity to stroll through our downtown jungle dressed as gorillas.  We made lots of people smile.

This family adventure even landed us a blog feature!  Karen, an expert physical trainer who specializes in pre-and post-natal fitness, blogs about fitness and life balance at Balance.  Thanks, Karen, for highlighting our wild and crazy family fitness activity.  We look forward to seeing your crew in gorilla suits next year!

The race benefitted the Mountain Gorilla Conservation Fund, which is committed to keeping alive Dian Fossey's dreams of protecting Africa's highly endangered mountain gorillas, which do not survive in captivity.   In 1987, there were only 248 mountain gorillas alive in the world, but through the veterinary and conservation efforts of the MGCF, the population has nearly tripled to 720.  We're proud to support this effort, and we look forward to pulling out our gorilla suits again for next year's run.

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