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1. When is it?
Sunday, November 1, 2015

  • 9am to 10:30am - Registration open
  • 10:00am - Little Gorilla Obstacle Challenge
  • 10:30am - Most Creative Gorilla Contest
  • 11:00am - First wave of 5K starts

2. Where does it start?
The start/finish is in City Park. Click here for a course map. The staging area is in the far southeast corner of the Denver Zoo parking lot between the zoo and Denver Museum of Nature & Science.

3. Where do I park?
Participants may use the main entrance of the Denver Zoo (2300 Steele St. Denver, CO 80205) and park in the zoo parking lot. The Denver Gorilla Run start/finish is located in the far southeast corner of the Denver Zoo parking lot. Click here for a map.

4. How long is the route?
It is a fun, scenic route that will take you through City Park. The course is approximately 5K that will be easy for walkers and kids. If you are running, it will probably take about 25-30 minutes. Last year's winning time was 19:59 minutes. For those walking the 5K, it should not take more than 1 hour.

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

Until 10/30
10/31 - 11/1
First Time Adult Gorilla
Returning Adult Gorilla
First Time Little Gorilla
Returning Little Gorilla

Please be aware there is a processing fee for the use of credit cards.

The gorilla suit is yours to keep!

6. How can I register?

Call the local gorilla hotline at (720) 524-0272.


Fill out the registration form with payment by check made out to MGCF and mail to:

MGCF (Gorilla Run Headquarters)
4380 S. Syracuse St. #320
Denver, CO 80237

Join us at a Suit Pick Up  - or - during the month of October, visit Boulder Running Company CHERRY CREEK (
2500 E. 1st Ave, Unit C West) to fill out a registration form & save 10%.

7. What comes with registration?
Along with entry into this fun event, first time gorillas receive a full gorilla suit...yours to keep! The suit comes with a gorilla mask and hands.

All participants receive entry into the Silverback After Party.

8. 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.

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 67 gorillas!


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

Small: Fits most gorillas under 5' tall
Medium: Fits most gorillas 5' to 5'7"
Large: Fits most gorillas from 5'8" to 6'1"
Extra Large: Fits our Silverback from 6'2" up to 6'4"ish.

The suits might be a bit snug, but it all 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.

11. Can I keep my gorilla 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 packet pick ups at selected locations where you can collect your gorilla suit, race bag, and bib number. The schedule is posted in the "Suit Pick Up" section of the web site.
The gorilla suits will also be available for pick-up at our office (4380 S. Syracuse St. #320 Denver, CO 80237). Please call 720-524-0272 to make arrangements. If you live outside of Denver, we can mail your suit to you. Shipping and Handling fees will apply. 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 can I get around the course?
BE CREATIVE! You can run, walk, ride your bike, roller blade, skateboard, unicycle, etc. We encourage everyone to take it easy, be safe and have fun. Please, nothing motorized will be allowed!

15. What is the Little Gorilla Obstacle Challenge? Begins at 10am. New for 2014, we have a kid's obstacle course designed just for our furry little-ones. Kids 12 & under can weave through cones, crawl under cargeo nets, run, jump, and do what kids do best...play! We will have age-group categories for 4-6, 7-9 and 10-12.

16. How do I become a fundraiser? 
Please help us save the mountain gorillas by becoming 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.

17. What's up with the Silverback After Party?
Lunch will be provided for all Silverback After Party ticket holders. For Gorilla Run participants, the after party and a free Silverback Pale Ale are included with registration.

18. How can we get extra tickets?
Good news.....we will be offering extra tickets for friends and family. Each ticket is $10 and will provide access into the Silverback After Party, visits to all the restaurant tents, 1 free Silverback Pale Ale and music. Tickets are available during registration or click here to purchase. Please note: extra tickets do not include entry into the Denver Zoo.

19. Can I bring my dog?
Dogs are allowed in City Park and may join you for the Gorilla Run. Please follow all leash laws and clean up after your pets. We also ask that you avoid bringing dogs near the food tents at the Silverback After Party.

20. Coming in from out of town?
Stay with our hotel sponsor, SpringHill Suites Denver Downtown. Complimentary hot breakfast and internet access. Click here or call 303-705-7300 to book your room. Refer to "Denver Gorilla Run" when making your reservation.



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