Race Information

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1. When is it?
Sunday, April 2, 2017

  • 9:00am-10:30am:  Race day registration open
  • 10:15am:  Little Gorilla Fun Run starts
  • 10:30am:  Most Creative Costume Contest
  • 11:00am:  5K Gorilla Run starts

2. Where does it start?
Downtown Cincinnati will be the scene for the course. Start and finish location will be at the Montgomery Inn Boathouse (925 Riverside Drive).

3. How long is the route?
It is a fun, scenic, ~5K route (click here for map
). There's also a kid's fun run!

4. How can I get around the course?
You can run, walk, or push a stroller. We encourage everyone to take it easy, be safe and have fun. Please note: no wheels (bikes, roller blades, skateboards, etc.) will be allowed.

5. What does it cost to register?
To secure your place, all participants need to pay a non-refundable registration fee.

Category Until 4/1 4/2/17
First Time Adult Gorilla
(Includes gorilla suit & After Party)
$99.95 $109.95
First Time Adult Banana
(Includes banana suit & After Party)
$60.00 $70.00
Returning Adult Gorilla
(Already have suit,
includes After Party)
$40.00 $50.00
Little Gorilla 1K Fun Run or 5K
(Ages 12 & under, includes gorilla suit & After Party)
$30.00 $40.00
Little Gorilla 1K Fun Run or 5K
(Ages 12 & under, no gorilla suit, includes After Party)
$15.00 $25.00

There is a processing fee for the use of credit cards.

The gorilla & banana suits are yours to keep!

6. How can I register?
Online (closes at 5pm Saturday, April 1st):

Call the gorilla hotline at (720) 524-0272 or 1-866 GORILLA (toll free)

Fill out the registration form,
make checks payable to MGCF, and mail to:

MGCF (Gorilla Run Headquarters)
4380 S. Syracuse St. #455
Denver, CO 80237

Visit us at a Gorilla Suit Pick Up to sign up in person.

7. I want to register as a GROUP.
It's easy......Just have your leader (or Silverback) send a note to saveagorilla@yahoo.com or call 720-524-0272 for instructions on registering your group. Groups of 10 or more receive a 10% off registration discount. Note: This offer cannot be combined with other discounts.

8. How long will it take?
That depends on how fast you are. A 5K is 3.1 miles. If you are running, it will probably take about 20-25 minutes. For those walking, it should not take more than 1 hour.


9. Can I enter as a team or family?
Yes! You can create a team and enter as a theme gorilla team. For example: Hula Gorilla Team and you all wear hula skirts. There will be an award for the “The biggest team”. So, why not get your colleagues, sports team or even your real family to form a gorilla team? Last year our largest team was 126 gorillas!

10. How big are the gorilla suits?
We have four adult suit sizes available:

  • Small: Fits most gorillas under 5' tall
  • Medium: Fits most gorillas 5'0" to 5'7"
  • Large: Fits most gorillas 5'8" to 6'1"
  • Extra Large: Fits most gorillas 6'2" to 6'4"ish.

Suit fit is approx. and depends on the length of your torso.

Kid's suit sizes:

  • Small: Fits most little gorillas up to 4'4" tall
  • Large: Fits most little gorillas 4'5" to 4'11"

Please note: There will be an additional charge for adult suit upgrades.

Bananas are one size fits all adults.

11. Can I keep my gorilla/banana costume?
Yes! You will never have to worry about what to wear to a fancy dress party ever again! Plus, you are set for Halloween.

12. When will I get my costume?
We will have "Gorilla Gathering" events at selected locations where you can collect your suits, bib numbers, and race packets just prior to the event. The schedule is posted in the Suit Pick Up section of the web
site. If you live outside of Cincinnati, we can mail your suit to you for additional shipping & handling fees. Email saveagorilla@yahoo.com for suit shipping instructions. We have limited suits available, so register soon to secure your spot.

13. Can a friend pick up my gorilla suit for me?
Yes! No problem. Friends or family members may pick up your gorilla suit.

14. How do I become a fundraiser?
Please help us save the mountain gorillas! Click here to become a fundraiser. We recommend setting a goal of $250.
100% of donations will go to support a project managed by the Mountain Gorilla Conservation Fund.  Ask your friends, neighbors, family and colleagues to help support you in this very unique event. Check out the fundraising section of the website for more details and a fundraising toolkit.

15. Where do I park?

FREE (limited) parking will be available at the Montgomery Inn Boathouse. Please enter at the Friendship Park entrance as the main entrance to the restaurant will be closed. There is another parking lot behind the restaurant that will be available for all race participants and sponsors. Some parking may require payment.

16. What's up with the Silverback After Party?
Montgomery Inn Boathouse & HoneyBaked Ham will be providing a fantastic food for all participants. A free Silverback Pale Ale for each participant and after party attendee (21+) will also be available along with music. For participants, the Silverback After Party is included with event registration.

17. How can we get extra After Party tickets?
Extra tickets for your friends and family to join you at the  Silverback After Party may be purchased during online registration or by clicking here. Tickets include food, 1 free beer & music!

18. Recycle a cell phone - Save a gorilla!
Please help us support the Cincinnati Zoo & Botanical Garden's Saving Species Project by recycling your old cell phones. Recycling cell phones reduces mining for coltan (an ore used in cell phones) in gorilla habitat and raises money for the Zoo's Conservation Fund. Cell phone collection boxes will be located at the Gorilla Run. For more about this project, click here.

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