Sunday, November 23, 2014

Run For Wildife 5K 2014 At Busch Gardens Tampa

On the morning of November 21st, runners throughout the state of Florida headed to Busch Gardens Tampa for their inaugural "Run For Wildlife 5K" event! The purpose of this event was to raise awareness for wildlife conservation and to teach guests that they can make a difference for critically endangered species worldwide! Along the race course, runners encountered some of Busch Gardens' animal ambassadors, got the chance to run under some world class coasters, and so much more! Thanks to Busch Gardens Tampa, we were granted exclusive access inside the park during the event to bring you the following report.  
At 7:30 AM, runners took their places in their respective corrals and waited for the signal to approach the Start/Finish line located just past Busch Gardens' main parking lots (C,D,E). While the runners were just starting the race, we were already inside the park to cheer them on as they ran past the Stanley Falls Log Flume boardwalk! As you can see, we weren't the only ones out there cheering on the runners!
Around 7:45 AM, the first few runners came speeding around the corner leaving the others in their dust! Shortly after, more and more runners began to appear sending waves, smiles, goofy poses, and "thumbs up" to our cameras!
Look! It's Attractions Magazine's Banks Lee!

Around 8:30 AM, all runners had cleared the finish line & light refreshments & snacks were being served. A booth showcasing some conservation efforts was also set up near the finish line. After all runners received their medals, the Race Coordinator invited the overall Male & Female winners to accept their awards. Oh, and the Christmas Town Elves were there too!

Banks Proudly Holding His Medal Up High!
After the awards were distributed, the mischievous Elves stole the microphone from the race coordinator for a brief public service announcement of "Merry Christmas"!
After the Elves' public service announcement, the Run For Wildlife 5K participants proceeded to the park entrance of Busch Gardens Tampa to spend a well deserved day enjoying great rides, fun shows, and amazing animals!
That just about wraps up our coverage of the Inaugural Run For Wildlife 5K At Busch Gardens Tampa!
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