Today was a great day to dress up in a gorilla suit and run through the streets of London. It was the annual Great Gorilla Run, a charity event that raises awareness and money to help save the some 700 mountain gorillas left in the wild.
It's a bit too early to get much of a sense of today's run, but if it was anything like last year's, it was quite a scene. The run is seven kilometers long (about 4 1/2 miles), and it goes past such famous landmarks as Tower Bridge and the Tate Modern Museum. Organizers were expecting a thousand runners (all clad in gorilla costumes), with fundraising of at least £250,000 (last year's total). If the idea of running in a gorilla suit seems too much for you, that's okay; you can walk it. You just have to be wearing a gorilla suit. Though the 2009 Great Gorilla Run has barely finished, registration for 2010 is already open.
The organization that stages the event is called The Gorilla Organization. It's not the most imaginative name, but they fight for a good cause. The international NGO has other events in addition to the Great Gorilla Run, including the Uganda Challenge and their Gorilla Gala parties.