LAFAYETTE, Ind. (WLFI) — Columbian Park's Zoo Run Run 5K has been a community tradition for years. In the past, the 5K has allowed participants to run, or walk, throughout the park.
The finish line has always been located at the zoo, but due to COVID-19 things are changing this year. The annual 5K will take place virtually.
Assistant Zoo Director Caitlin Laffery said they decided to make the change to ensure safety.
"We decided to have it virtual because we wanted to keep our community safe and healthy," said Laffery.
Laffery says even though the race is virtual, it's still an important event for the zoo to host.
"It's really important to us that people run this race because it's an annual fundraiser we do every year," Laffery said. "All of the proceeds from the race will go to capital improvements at the zoo, as well as educational programs."
Laffery said there are some advantages to the race being done virtually.
"We are actually having some out of state people register and support the Columbian Park Zoo," said Laffery.
After completing the virtual race, participants are encouraged to post a picture.
"After they run the race virtually, they'll submit their results online," said Laffery. "We are also encouraging people to post a selfie of themselves after they run and that will enter them to win a bunch of various prizes."
Registration is open until August 21 at zoorunrun.itsyourrace.com