Last weekend the Extraordinary Journeys crew took part in the first annual Saving the Elephants Run, a 10K run/walk through Central Park to raise money for the David Sheldrick Wildlife Trust. As participating sponsors, the Extraordinary Journeys team took 41 of the 500 spots and raised over $3,150 for the DSWT. (The entire event raised over $25,000!) From dog walkers to rookie racers and experienced marathoners to clients dressed as elephants, the EJ team was a strong and fun presence and we couldn’t be more proud.
After the run, our team joined us for brunch (with delicious egg dishes donated by our friends at Kashkaval Garden) at co-founder Marcia Gordon’s Columbus Circle apartment where we fit nearly 50 runners and donors for a joyous meal to celebrate a job well done.
The race was beautifully organized by Laura Robertson and Pam Donovan and we are so grateful for all of their help and hard work. This year the race was capped at 500 participants, but we feel confident that interest will rise next year and we can increase the maximum number of participants and raise even more money for the DSWT. After all, who would be opposed to spending a beautiful fall morning running through Central Park to raise money for an amazing cause? (It’s also a guilt-free way to head into Thanksgiving week!)
Although we are pleased with the outcome of the event and can relax a bit now that it’s over, we can’t afford to abandon the root cause of the run. Elephant poaching is still occurring at an alarming rate and there is much conservation work to be done to secure the safety and livelihood of these beautiful and iconic creatures. If you enjoyed participating in the Saving the Elephants Run, if you are interested in the event next year, if you’re a wildlife enthusiast, or if you’re just interested in learning more about conservation, we encourage you to look here:
- What You Can Do About Elephant and Rhino Poaching – Huffington Post
- David Sheldrick Wildlife Trust
- Save the Elephants
- Zeros for Rhinos/Rhinos Without Borders
- Big Life Trust
- S.A.F.E. (Safeguarding A Future for Africa’s Elephants)
Although we can rest our feet for a while, our work isn’t over!
Congratulations and thank you to those who participated in the 2014 Saving the Elephants Run and for making it such a fun and successful day. We can’t wait until next year!