Austinites are gearing up to take part in the Gorilla Run.
The 5K will take place on the downtown streets of Austin with a few hundred runners, walkers, skate boarders and bikers each wearing a full gorilla costume.
The event benefits the Mountain Gorilla Conservation Fund. Proceeds from the race will directly benefit Ugandans, Rwandans and citizens of the Democratic Republic of Congo in veterinary educational training, with the end goal of protecting the highly endangered Mountain Gorillas in Africa.
In 1987, there were only 248 mountain gorillas alive in the world, but through the veterinary and conservation efforts of the MGCF, the population has nearly tripled to 720.
The event will be held Jan. 21. To register, visit austingorillarun.com.