250 Volunteers needed for Run for the Zoo on May 5th

For 35 years, GAAR has been a proud sponsor and coordinator of volunteers for the ABQ BioPark Zoo annual fundraiser, Run for the Zoo...and walk with us too!

GAAR will continue this tradition, but we need YOUR help. In addition to cheering on race participants, a variety of services are needed, such as handing out flyers, providing directions at intersections, keeping the runners safe, flagging, etc.

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Run for the Zoo
Sunday, May 5th

ABQ BioPark Zoo
903 10th St SW
Albuquerque NM 87102

Register to Volunteer on Race Day by Friday, April 19th

Children, family, friends, and colleagues - everyone is welcome to volunteer! 

Volunteers should be prepared to report to their designated areas on Sunday, May 5th by 6:00 am and stay until 11:30 am. Starting time may vary by team (your team captain will verify).

Mandatory Training

Volunteers must attend (1) session below:

Wednesday, May 1st

  • 12:00 pm - 1:00 pm
  • 1:15 pm - 2:15 pm

Thursday, May 2nd

  • 12:00 pm - 1:00 pm
  • 1:15 pm - 2:15 pm

Location:  GAAR Event Center,1635 University Blvd NE. T-shirts and Race Day information will be distributed at orientation.

Flagging requires additional training and certification. Please contact the flagging captain for details: Monica Martinez-McNeil, 505-977-7058

Flagging Volunteers must attend (1) training date below:

  • Thursday, April 18th
    1:00 pm - 3:00 pm
  • Friday, April 19th
    9:00 am - 11:00 am

Location: GAAR Event Center 1635 University Blvd NE

Bonus! All volunteers will receive a Run for the Zoo Volunteer T-shirt, which allows you FREE entrance into the Zoo on the day of the event.

Sponsor Refreshments or Gift Bags for GAAR Volunteers

With an expected 12,000 runners, our 250 volunteers need your support! There are two ways to sponsor so that your company can be a part of the fun without running the run:

1.  Refreshment Sponsor

Make an online donation of snacks & bottled water for 250 GAAR Volunteers.

2.  Gift Bag Sponsor

Donate items for 300 Volunteer gift bags (chapstick, sunscreen, sports drinks, etc.,) Notify Heather Price at heather@swmls.com and drop off items at the GAAR Building,1635 University Blvd NE by Friday, April 28th.

Donate to the ABQ Biopark

In addition to volunteering, there are additional ways to contribute to the Biopark, click for details.

  • Sherilyn Lucas, Co-Chair, 505-710-0201 / sherilynlucas@gmail.com
  • Steve Cecco, Co-Chair, 505-453-6543 / scecco@directorsmortgage.net