Press Release

Stephanie Stone (415) 379-5121

Andrew Ng (415) 379-5123

Run Wild 5K/10K
The California Academy of Sciences Holds 23rd Annual
Thanksgiving Weekend Tradition

5K Run or Walk & 10K Run
Sunday, November 25, 2007 - 8:30 a.m.

SAN FRANCISCO (July 27, 2007) - San Francisco's most unusual run is back! The 23rd annual Run Wild 5K/10K is a Thanksgiving weekend tradition held by the California Academy of Sciences. Formerly known as Run To The Far Side®, it is the only race where herds of costumed cows, chickens, squid, cavemen, and other characters compete side-by-side with serious athletes in a beautiful jaunt through Golden Gate Park. The race takes place on Sunday, November 25 at 8:30 am, beginning at JFK Drive and 8th Avenue.

Costumes are a tradition in the 5K; the top ten costumes will be awarded cash and prizes in a contest following the race. Those more interested in slimming their waistline after their Thanksgiving feasts are invited to join the 10K run. All registered runners/walkers will receive the official race t-shirt with the event logo, free refreshments, and goodie bags.

For the first time, the completed exterior shell and living roof of the new Academy will provide a stunning backdrop for the day's events. An information tent will be available for those who want to learn more and get involved with the new building, which opens to the public in October 2008.

Pre-registration fees are $24 for members / $30 for non-member adults / $25 for non-members ages 18 and under; race-morning fees are $35 for adults and $30 for ages 18 and under. Race fees support education and research programs at the Academy. To find out more information, receive an entry form, or register online, go to or call the RhodyCo Productions office at (415) 759-2690.

For more information about the California Academy of Sciences, including directions, admission fees, and the rebuilding project, visit


The California Academy of Sciences is home to Steinhart Aquarium, Morrison Planetarium and the Kimball Natural History Museum. The Academy is in the midst of an extensive rebuilding project in Golden Gate Park. Pritzker prize-winning architect Renzo Piano is designing the new Academy, which is scheduled to open on September 27, 2008. (415) 379-8000.

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