Running Wild 5K to Take Place at Regis University June 25

June 25, 2016

Denver, June 22, 2016 – Running Wild, a race to benefit aid organizations working to save endangered animals in Africa, will take place on Regis University’s Northwest Denver Campus on Saturday, June 25. It gets underway at 8:15 a.m. Running Wild is an annual race (USATF-Certified 5K and 1-Mile Fun Run) that was conceived and organized by Regis University philosophy professor, Janet Rumfelt. 

The race is dedicated to raising awareness about African wildlife endangerment and to raising funds for African wildlife conservation and anti-poaching efforts. Poaching has historically been a problem for African endangered species. However, in recent years, poaching in Africa has become a means to fund terrorism. The governments of Kenya and Uganda, along with others are working to use technology to combat poaching with drones, smart phones and GPS locators that track the animals and alert of intruders within a secure perimeter. 

The work of the aid organizations that Rumfelt has identified is assisting in this new push to use technology to save nature, as well as other proactive efforts to preserve one of the most precious commodities that Africa has: its wildlife. Rumfelt argues that saving the animals is more than just humanitarian. “In some African countries, wildlife eco-tourism is the second largest industry,” she said. “What is good for animals, is good for people and the environment.” 

This run, coupled with Regis’ new Individualized Certificate in Environmental Humanities, is part of a new focus and passion for Rumfelt, who organized the inaugural run last year. She has been an “animal lover” for years, but recently realized the dire situation that African animals are facing is growing worse. Last year’s race raised thousands of dollars to help save the endangered animals and Rumfelt is looking forward to inspiring more participants this year. 

One fan and race participant, an 8-year-old Girl Scout testified before the Colorado Senate and House to help forward conservation legislation and motivated her entire troop to raise money for the cause. Inspiring a new generation of environmental humanitarians is right on track with the awareness that Rumfelt is aiming for with the Running Wild Race. In fact, kids are encouraged to register and run. There are educational and fun activities throughout the course. There will be a “Passport to Africa” activity available to all children 12 and under that will encourage them to learn about African animals to receive passport stamps at various locations. There will be giveaways, including a book titled “Counting Lions” and several other fun souvenirs.  

The Running Wild Race is a day designed to connect the Colorado community to a greater global community through education and outreach. To register, find out more about the beneficiaries of the race or donate to the cause go to http://runningwildrace.org/register/