Due to the COVID-19 Virus the 2020 Chimpathon has been postponed to November 15th, 2020.
The 2020 Save the Chimps Chimpathon 5K/10K that was originally scheduled for April 19th, 2020 has been rescheduled for November 15th, 2020.
While it is unknown if Coronavirus (COVID-19) can be spread to non-humans, we know that a common cold can be deadly for chimps. The care of our resident chimpanzees must come before any other considerations. As such we are erring on the side of caution and closing the sanctuary to any and all public events for up to six weeks or as long as the CDC and Florida Health Department recommends. To ensure that our resident chimpanzees and their caregivers remain safe we will follow all suggestions from local health officials as well as any government agencies. In addition, we have issued a new comprehensive COVID-19 Prevention Protocol for volunteers and staff.
At this time if you have already registered you currently have two options:
- Stay in the race and run on the new date.
- Request to be transferred to the Virtual Race and have your medal & shirt mailed to you at no extra charge. This change must be requested by April 19th.
- To request your transfer to the virtual race please email firstname.lastname@example.org and the change will be made within 2 business days.
- Once the medals and shirts have shipped you will receive a confirmation email with your tracking number.
This is not the outcome for Chimpathon we were hoping for, but we need to take every step necessary to help stop the spread of COVID-19. We feel that we have a social responsibility to everyone in our community and our chimpanzee residents to do whatever we can to help stop the spread of this virus.
For information and CDC recommendations on how you can protect yourself from COVID-19 please visit the CDC’s website https://www.cdc.gov/
If you have any questions about the decision to postpone the 2020 Chimpathon please email Southern Timing at email@example.com