Los Angeles

Saturday March 10th 2018

Griffith Park, Los Angeles

5K: 9.00am
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The Enormous Elephant Run: Freestyle

* Virtual runners welcome. Full details here

Individual Entry

T-shirt, Medal & Race Timing included


Child under 12

T-shirt, Medal & Race Timing included


Registration on the day available

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Included in your freestyle registration fee:

  • A T-shirt to keep
  • Race Timing
  • Medal
  • (Not included in Virtual Run registration fee)

What is The Enormous Elephant Run: Freestyle?

Join us for the Enormous Elephant Run: Freestyle and show your support for elephants! Previously held in New York, the herd is on the move and will now be debuting on the West Coast March 10, 2018 in sunny Los Angeles. The run location of Griffith Park features an easy to navigate equestrian trail, through lush scenery of large trees and picturesque views that are perfectly suited for a morning 5K walk or run.

Whether you choose to wear an elephant suit, a tutu, regular running gear, or whatever your style, we can't wait to dash to the finish line with you in an effort to bring awareness and much needed support to the conservation programs of The David Sheldrick Wildlife Trust. Kids and dogs welcome!

Participation is limited, so register today and lend your voice (and your feet!) for the future of elephants and wildlife of Africa!

Should I fundraise if I've already paid a registration fee?

We appreciate all of the contributions runners make to The Enormous Elephant Run: Freestyle. Your registration fee covers the cost of organizing and hosting this year's event, while your fundraising efforts and team building benefits the elephants in our care and those living wild.

Where can I collect my registration packet from?

Early packet pick up will be available on Friday, March 9th. Location TBD, please check our event website. Packet pick up will open on Race day at 7:45 AM at our event location. Onsite registration available.

What shall I wear?

Wear your running gear, ellie costume, tutus or whatever you fancy to show your support for elephants! There is no place to change, so please come dressed and ready to go.

What time does the race start?

The race starts promptly at 9:00 AM. We’ll be setting off in waves with runners first, joggers next and walkers, families, and dog walkers last.

Can I volunteer?

Volunteers are needed! Please contact development@sheldrickwildlifetrust.org if you or someone you know is able to help out on race day.

How old do you have to be to take part?

The run does not have any age restrictions, but it is a 5K, so be mindful that it is a bit of a distance.

Is the Run timed?

Yes, however, we have plenty of people walking and strolling... so no rush. All physical abilities are welcome!

What should I bring to the Run with me?

  • Think comfortable clothes that are suited for a 5k walk or run.
  • Travel light.
  • Bring a bottle of water to keep you hydrated.

What type of facilities are available?

  • Toilets are available at the start/ finish area
  • Four legged friends are encouraged to join for an additional fee of $10

Location Information

1 Crystal Springs Trail and Picnic Area
4730 Crystal Springs Drive,
Griffith Park, Los Angeles, CA 90027

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Course Info

The run is a 5K run/walk around the equestrian trail at Griffith Park. The path is a dirt trail, suitable for jogging and strollers.


Parking at race location is extremely limited! Please arrange to carpool or rideshare with Uber, Lyft, etc. for easy drop off.


No storage is provided, however an area for bag drop off will be available with minimal supervision. DSWT accepts no responsibility or liability for any personal belongings at the race.

How do I set up an online fundraising page?

You can set up a fundraising page quickly and easily here.

If I can't attend the race in Griffith Park, can I still fundraise?

Yes! You can take part and register as a virtual runner. Follow the register link, simply click on 'Virtual Run' and you can walk, use the treadmill, run outside, participate in another race or set up your own fundraising page. Wherever you are, show your support and be a part of this exciting event!

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