Our first ever 5K fundraiser was a blast. Big, big thank you to volunteers April Graham and Laura Heggs for organizing the Ellensburg event – you did a terrific job! After expenses, the event raised $5,530 for the sanctuary!
Here are a few photos to prove how much fun it was:
The start of the great chalk messaging courtesy of volunteer Stephanie:
Board member Jessica (right) and partner Lisa donned tutus in honor of Jamie:
Race organizer April of AlignFit leading a stretching class prior to the start of the run:
the runners approaching the start line:
and they’re off!
About 15 minutes later, the “troll strollers” (walkers) began:
in just 21 minutes, 37 seconds, the first runner, Kurtis, crossed the finish line:
two minutes, eight seconds later, the fastest woman in the race, Keri, crossed the finish:
Event organizer Laura Heggs, running to the finish after clearing up some signs from the course:
One of the glitter-bombed “trollphy” awards:
This is just a small sampling of the photos from the event. Visit the full gallery and purchase your favorites – proceeds from sales go to the chimps!
Thanks to sponsors Gorilla Screen Printing for the discount on the great t-shirts, Zing Bars for delicious post-running nutrition (the coconut chocolate bars are amaZING!) and AlignFit for the stretching class. Individual donors, like Ape Ally Adrienne Armstrong, made a huge difference in the success of the fundraiser. See all sponsors and donors here.
Our volunteers are always top-notch and dove right in to the new event.
And the participants were terrific!
We can’t wait to do it again!