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The Fast & the Fierce 5K

August 25, 2018 @ 8:00 am - 12:00 pm


Run for rhinos at Friends of the National Zoo’s inaugural 5K event, The Fast & the Fierce 5K, sponsored by Aegis Project Controls! Runners, their families, pets, and cheering sections can put on ears and tails and join FONZ at Freedom Plaza on Saturday, Aug. 25, for a 5K that loops around downtown D.C.

Upon registration, all runners get their own fundraising page. They will receive prizes based on how much they raise, from a plush rhino to a beach blanket and a private, keeper-led tour at the Zoo. Those who cannot make the run can sign up for free as a virtual runner and help save rhinos from the comfort of their couch.

The best part? Fundraising dollars from this event will directly support the Smithsonian’s Global Health Program in working with local partners in Kenya to standardize, improve, and provide advanced veterinary care for ill, injured, and orphaned rhinos.

Race winners in various age categories will receive tickets to an upcoming FONZ event. Those that dress up as their favorite non-human species will also be able to take part in an animal-themed costume contest.

After the race, all runners and families are invited to the Smithsonian’s National Zoo for a special post-race event—plus the chance to watch the animals have fun with new toys and puzzles at the Zoo’s annual Enrichment Day.

The 5K will be held rain or shine.
More information and registration can be found at:


August 25, 2018
8:00 am - 12:00 pm
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Freedom Plaza
14th Street/Pennsylvania Ave. NW
Washington, DC 20004 United States
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