Want Happy Feet? Run in the Tuxedo Trot

Run for a cause: the penguins get 100% of Tuxedo Trot proceeds


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Volunteers at the Tuxedo Trot all decked out in penguin garb

Images courtesy of the Greensboro Science Center

My niece collects penguins. She is the adopted mother of several of the black and white antarctic birds — at least, that's what her donation paperwork, complete with names and images of her babies, says. That's why I know if she lived close by, she'd participate in the Greensboro Science Center's (GSC) third annual Tuxedo Trot: Run for the Penguins on May 21.

Maybe you don't have a room dedicated to penguin bric-a-brac, but rather "March of the Penguins" tugged at your heartstrings. Or maybe you are a fan of the "Madagascar" animated movie series. Whether you are enamored by the gorgeous birds or you simply love to get involved, this is the running event for you. Participation in the Tuxedo Trot helps the plight of endangered African penguins. All proceeds from this 5K and Kids' Fun Run will be donated to The Southern African Foundation for the Conservation of Coastal Birds (SANCCOB) to support efforts to save endangered African penguins in the wild.

"The event has a very laid back atmosphere where the emphasis is on fun and our feathered friends. You don't have to be a serious runner to participate. Participants are encouraged to finish at their own pace and enjoy the event," says Kelli Crawford, race director for the Tuxedo Trot. "The race rules are simple: Have Fun. Save Penguins."

While you are dressed in your best black and white running gear, stop by our Piedmont Parent Fit Family Challenge booth. If you're not registered for the Fit Family Challenge, we can take care of that for you, and then you will be able to add your minutes for the day plus bonus event points. If you are registered, stop by the booth for bonus event points and be sure to log your 5K minutes, as well as all the active minutes you've spent preparing for the race.

Kids participate in fun run at Tuxedo TrotLast year, the Tuxedo Trot raised over $13,000 for SANCCOB. This year's goal is $20,000. 

The Tuxedo Trot will take 5K runners along a beautiful two loop course that starts and ends at the GSC's entrance on Lawndale Drive and goes through Country Park. A one mile Kids' Fun Run through the Center's Animal Discovery Zoo is also available for children ages 10 and younger. Runners of all ages are encouraged to wear black and white or penguin-themed costumes.
Participants will receive a race t-shirt, reusable grocery bag or penguin keychain, complimentary GSC admission on race day and more.

Prizes will be awarded for best costume, top overall finishers and through random drawings. Prizes include penguin meet and greets, penguin paintings (painted BY penguins), guest passes to the GSC and a variety of other gifts generously donated by local businesses.

Sounds fun, right? Here's the registration information.
Register before the race online at tuxedotrot.com. Registration fees are as follows — and remember, 100% of proceeds will be donated to SANCOBB:
• $40 from May 1 through noon on May 19, 2016
• $45 at packet pickup on race day
Kids' Fun Run Registration Fees:
• $20 from February 1 through noon on May 19, 2016
• $25 at packet pickup and on race day

You know you have "Happy Feet" that want to raise money for the penguins. We'll see you on race day!

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