Washington, DC

Gather your pride of lions, your pack of canids, your pandemonium of parrots to compete to benefit conservation.

Friends of the National Zoo will host its second annual The Fast & the Fierce 5K, sponsored by Aegis Project Controls, at Freedom Plaza in downtown Washington, D.C., Saturday, September 14.

Fundraising will support a Conservation Nation project studying black rhinos in South Africa, where researchers hope to learn critical information about how the endangered species’ diet impacts its immune system and ability to reproduce.

Pets are welcome, and registrants are encouraged to wear costumes. The 5K will be followed by a short afterparty featuring an awards ceremony honoring winners in all categories, including top runners by age group, stand-out pups and stellar outfits.

Though race day might be months away, conservationists don’t have to wait to make a difference for animals. Create your own page now to fundraise for Conservation Nation, a Friends of the National Zoo initiative that supports global wildlife projects to save endangered animals. You also can set goals and win prizes for reaching milestones.

Can’t attend? Sign up for free as a virtual runner to help to save rhinos from the comfort of your own couch. Registration closes at noon on Friday, September 13.

Fundraising proceeds will directly benefit rhinos and Conservation Nation projects across the globe, including those that focus on marine mammals in Peru, tapirs in Paraguay, meadowlarks in North America and elephants in Myanmar.

To register and learn more visit conservationnation.org.

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