Second Annual “Run for the Wild” 5k and Family Fun Run at WCS’s Bronx Zoo Presented by Con Edison

 The event is over, but it’s not too late to donate to help WCS save tigers: Text “TIGER” to 25383 to make a $10 donation

 Chris Bauer of Sea Cliff, N.Y. – First to cross the finish line

 Accomplished marathoner Stephanie Hodge helps lead the pack as she joins the fight to help WCS save tigers

 Bronx, N.Y. – April 24, 2010 – Today, more than 5,000 people descended on the Wildlife Conservation Society’s Bronx Zoo as the second annual “Run for the Wild” turned the nation’s largest urban zoo into the nation’s most unique 5k course to raise money for a special cause – helping WCS save tigers.

"There were more runners today, 5000-plus, than the 3000 tigers left in the wild," said John Calvelli, WCS executive vice president. "We appreciate all our runners helping to save this iconic creature."

 This year’s “Run for the Wild” was dedicated to helping save tigers in the wild. Even though the main event is over, the campaign to raise money to help these beautiful cats is not.  Even those who did not participate in the run can still contribute to the conservation of the species.  Donations can be made online at or by cell phone text message by texting “TIGER” to 25383 to give $10.

 Tigers are in a fight for their very existence. A century ago, about 100,000 of these icons of the wild roamed across Asia. As a result of the many pressures they face, there may be as few as 3,000 tigers left in the wild today, with roughly half of those living in India. Even more troubling, perhaps only 1,000 of these wild cats are breeding females. Tigers have lost much of their habitat to human expansion and development; they occupy only seven percent of their historical range. Habitat loss and fragmentation continue to threaten the world’s remaining tigers, as do conflict with humans and poaching. They are killed for their beautiful pelts and for their body parts which are used in traditional Chinese medicines and their prey are depleted across much of their range due to over-hunting.

 There is hope for the future, however. WCS has long-standing conservation programs in nine countries where tigers still exist in the wild (Cambodia, China, India, Indonesia, Lao PDR, Malaysia, Myanmar, Russia, and Thailand).

Among those 5000 participants was decorated marathoner Stephanie Hodge, who crossed the finish line with a time of 19:48. A New York City native, she was named New York Road Runners Club runner of the year for her age group in 2007

Also at the head of the pack was this year’s winner Chris Bauer from Sea Cliff, N.Y., who crossed the finish line with a time of 17:07. The top three men and top three women finishers were:

Chris Bauer from Sea Cliff, N.Y.   – 17:07
John Ploeg from Madison, N.J. – 17:40
Spencer McCormick from New York City – 18:06

Fiona Bayly from Manhattan   - 18:33
Stephanie Hodge from Long Island City   - 19:48
Brianna Cano from Franklin Square, N.Y.   – 20:01

In addition to the race winners’ prizes, the top individual and team fundraisers will receive one-of-a-kind VIP animal encounters courtesy of WCS’s Bronx Zoo. The winners of these experiences will be announced on the official event website ( on Friday, April 30.

Upon finishing, participants were encouraged to stick around and enjoy a beautiful day at WCS’s Bronx Zoo.  Athletes and spectators alike were invited to take a picture with the ultimate symbol of athletic prowess – the New York Yankees 2009 World Series Trophy.  Post-race activities also included the zoo’s Animal Tales Extravaganza, which is already in full-swing with live musical performances on New York Life’s Main Stage on Astor Court and children’s book authors bringing their books to life at the zoo’s Asia Plaza.

 Next year’s “Run for the Wild” is already in the planning stages. The run will be held on Saturday, April 30, with the proceeds being raised to help the Wildlife Conservation Society save another endangered species to be chosen by public vote.


WCS’s Run for the Wild is made possible by the following generous sponsors: 

Presented by: Con Edison

 Supported by: Aerosoles, Aquafina, Benjamin Moore Paints, EDUN LIVE, Monroe College, Montefiore Medical Center, UBS

 Media Partners: Daily News, WABC, Z-100

 Promotional Partner: New York Sports Clubs

 In-Kind Partner: D'Agostino

Max Pulsinelli – 718-220-5182;
Steve Fairchild – 718-220-5189;

The Wildlife Conservation Society’s Bronx Zoo is open daily from 10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m., 5:30 p.m. on weekends and holidays. Adult admission is $15, children (3-12 years old) $11, children under 3 are free, seniors (65+) are $13. Parking is $13 for cars and $16 for buses. The Bronx Zoo is conveniently located off the Bronx River Parkway at Exit 6; by train via the #2 or #5 or by bus via the #9, #12, #19, #22, MetroNorth, or BxM11 Express Bus service (from Manhattan that stops just outside the gate.) To plan your trip, visit or call 718-367-1010.


The Wildlife Conservation Society saves wildlife and wild places worldwide. We do so through science, global conservation, education and the management of the world's largest system of urban wildlife parks, led by the flagship Bronx Zoo. Together these activities change attitudes towards nature and help people imagine wildlife and humans living in harmony.  WCS is committed to this mission because it is essential to the integrity of life on Earth.


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