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Popular Run for the Zoo’s 35th edition will not happen in 2020

Runners in the half-marathon start their race in the Run for the Zoo on Sunday, May 5, 2019. The 34th annual event featured an estimated 9,000 runners

The Run for the Zoo, which was set to celebrate its 35th year of races on May 3, has been canceled in response to the coronavirus pandemic, according to its website.

The event that raises money for the ABQ BioPark – Zoo has drawn approximately 9,100 runners in each of the last two years and raised around $185,000 in 2018 and 2019, according to Journal archives.

Participants competed in the half marathon, 10K, 5K and 1-mile fun run races on a course that starts next to Tingley Field and ends at the zoo.

“This fundraising event supports the ABQ BioPark, but our priority is the health and well being of our participants, volunteers, sponsors, spectators, staff and animals,” the website reads.

The Run for the Zoo, which usually takes place the first Sunday of May, will return next year, according to the website.

There was consideration to postpone, but “we recognized all the factors that made it impossible to reschedule this year,” the website reads.

For those who registered for Run for the Zoo, information is coming soon about transferring registrations to 2021 or providing refunds.

The Run for the Zoo is one of the ABQ BioPark’s biggest fundraisers of the year along with River of Lights.

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