EVENT DATE: Oct 05, 2013
On October 4th and 5th, I will be running in the D.C. Ragnar Relay. I am a member of a 12 person team running 200 miles from Rocky Gap State Park in western Maryland to the National Harbor in Washington, D.C. I run three legs of the relay (8 miles, 5 miles, and 2 miles) for a total of 15 miles over a 36-hour period.
In addition to running a successful race, I am hoping to raise money for one of my favorite charities, Panthera. Founded in 2006, Panthera is devoted exclusively to the conservation of wild cats and their ecosystems. Utilizing the expertise of the world's premier cat biologists, Panthera develops and implements global conservation strategies for the largest, most imperiled cats – including tigers, lions, jaguars, and snow leopards.
Representing the most comprehensive effort of its kind, Panthera works in partnership with local and international scientific institutions, non-governmental organizations, local communities, and governments around the globe. Panthera is also unique in that 100% of all donations go directly to the field since overhead and administrative costs are provided by its founding members.
I greatly appreciate any support that you can provide!
NOTE: You can avoid the Crowdrise website's 10% processing fee by clicking on the words "Optional Processing Fee" when you complete your donation. Then change the processing fee from 10% to 0% and it should update the fee to $0.00. Sorry about this, but it is a function of the fundraising website, not Panthera.
Five facts about Panthera and the world’s wild cats:
1) There are 36 wild cat species worldwide, many of which are in decline or endangered due to poaching, prey depletion, and habitat loss and fragmentation.
2) Wild tiger numbers have declined from ~100,000 a century ago to 3,200 today. Wild lions have been reduced from ~200,000 to less than 30,000 in that time.
3) In 13 countries, Panthera’s Tigers Forever and Project Leonardo initiatives work from the bottom-up by educating communities, governments, park guards, and teachers, and from the top-down coordinating with policy-makers, heads of wildlife and environment agencies, presidents and prime ministers.
4) In the United States, Panthera is studying the interactions between human communities and cougars (also called mountain lions or pumas) in California and Wyoming.
5) Panthera’s Jaguar Corridor Initiative is working with countries throughout Central and South America to link isolated populations of the largest cat species in the Americas.