There is no other race like it in the world!
This unique race Starts & Finishes at Save the Chimps – the world’s largest privately funded chimpanzee sanctuary, located in Fort Pierce, Florida. Enjoy hearing the wonderful sounds of pant hoots and watching the chimpanzees roam as you run beside their island homes. Out of consideration for our sanctuary residents, registration is limited. Register early!
The event takes place at Save the Chimps.
The sanctuary will be open to the public from 5:30 am – 11:00 pm on race day.
South Header Canal Road will be closed from Okeechobee Rd to Carole Noon Rd from 6:30 am-9:30 am. Please enter the sanctuary from Orange Drive and Header Canal Road.
The race will start & finish at Save the Chimps, race day packet pick-up will start at 5:30 and the 10K will start at 7:00, the 5K at 7:05 and the fun walk at 8:00. Parking will be at Save the Chimps and will open at 5:15. Runners will start going south on header canal road to the turn around and come back to the sanctuary for your finishing lap listening to the pant-hoots of the chimps! After completion you will receive a finisher medal and there will be hydration & post race snacks waiting for you!
To avoid delays on race day, you may pick up your packet in advance at Fleet Feet Stuart and Holiday Inn Express & Suites. For packet pick-up a photo id is required. If you will be picking up a packet for another runner you must bring a photocopy of their id and they must have hand-signed the photo copy.
Friday, April 17th, 2:00 pm – 6:00 pm
Fleet Feet Stuart
2440 NW Federal Hwy
Stuart, FL 34994
Saturday, April 18th, 12:00 pm – 5:00 pm
Holiday Inn Express & Suites
7151 Okeechobee Rd
Fort Pierce, FL 34945
Race Day, Sunday, April 19th, 5:30 am – 6:45 am
Save the Chimps, Inc.
16891 Carole Noon Ln
Fort Pierce, FL 34945
Strollers, roller skates, roller blades, skateboards, scooters, baby joggers, and bicycles are not allowed on the course during Chimpathon due to uneven terrain. We ask that racers not wear earphones or anything that would interfere with their ability to hear while running/walking through Save the Chimps. Participants must be 16 on the day of the event to register and participate.
For safety reasons, no animals can be allowed on the race course or in the Save the Chimps sanctuary, including service animals.
Chimpathon welcomes runners, joggers, and walkers. As a practical matter, street right-of-ways, sheriff deputies, and other support cannot be extended beyond 9:30 am – anyone still on the course after such time may continue walking along the side of the road or may request a ride back to the finish line. The sanctuary will be open until 11:00 am.
We’ll safely watch your change of clothes, car keys, cell phone or other valuables while you race. Gear check will be staffed from 5:30 am – 11:00 pm on Race Day.
Race start and finish lines are managed by Southern Timing, LLC. There will be 3 separate starts for this event. The 10K will start at 7:00 am, the 5K will start at 7:05 am and the fun walk will start at 8:00 am.
This race will be timed live with disposable IPICO timing chips! These chips will be affixed to the back of your race bibs to record your race time! Please fasten your bibs to the front of your shirt or shorts where it is clearly visible. If your bib is not visible you will not be allowed entry into the sanctuary.
All participants will have a personal results page & finish line video! Preliminary results kiosks will be provided at the race for you to check your time after you finish! Results will be posted to https://www.southerntimingfl.com/results
During the lap through Save the Chimps, racers must:
- Stay on the marked course at all times
- Continue walking or running
- Refrain from making loud noises
- Follow any instructions given by sanctuary staff or Chimpathon volunteers
Racers will not be permitted to come into contact with any chimpanzee or to get close to any enclosure, fence, or gate.
The sanctuary is in a rural setting; wildlife, including alligators and venomous reptiles may be encountered on sanctuary grounds. Wildlife may not be approached, handled, or fed.
Golf carts and other motorized vehicles are used by caregivers on sanctuary grounds. Although every effort will be made to limit the use of vehicles during the race, we ask that race participants keep to the right side of the road while in the sanctuary.
For your safety and for the well-being of our chimpanzees, racers may be denied access to any portion of the sanctuary or asked to leave the sanctuary for any reason.
Medics from the Shinn Road Fire Station will be standing by at the sanctuary. If anyone is in need of medical aid please notify any volunteer. Volunteers will be wearing orange “Chimpathon” or “Save the Chimps” t-shirts.
Hydration and Comfort Stations
Hydration stations will be available throughout the course as well as at the finish line. Water will be available at every hydration station. Electrolyte replacement beverages will be available at some stations.
Once racers cross the finish line, they will be awarded their finisher’s medal. Hydration, comfort stations, and a post-race snack will be waiting for the finishers.
Race Day Photos
Race Day photos will be taken at the start, finish, and along the course, so please make sure that your race number is visible throughout the race to help identify you for photographs.
Save the Chimps’ photographer will be at the sanctuary to capture moments from the race. Photo will be shared on Save the Chimps’ social media pages.
We will be accepting donations of items the chimps need and love. Visit our wishlist for ideas on items to donate. Thank you for bringing joy to our chimpanzee residents!
Contingency Plan/Event Cancellation
In the event unusual conditions necessitate the curtailment, postponement or cancellation of the event for the safety of participants, the Race Director shall have absolute authority to make changes in order to best serve the interests and safety of the participants of the event. In case of extreme weather, the race director shall determine if and when the event shall cease, resume or be cancelled.
No refunds will be issued if the event is cancelled.
The Virtual Race
Can’t make it to the sanctuary? You can still support the chimpanzees in our care by running or walking in a location that is convenient to you. The virtual race is on the ‘honor system.’ You can do it on your treadmill or in a park – wherever you would be most inspired. You don’t even have to complete the 10K all at one time! We would be delighted if you shared photos about your route. You can even post on Facebook and tag us so others can learn about Save the Chimps. You will receive the race shirt, racer’s bag full of fun freebies from Save the Chimps and sponsors, and the finisher’s medal. Items will be shipped after the live event.