Run Walk For The Penguins

Waddle You Do to Help Endangered African Penguins?

Run 5K?
Walk 3k?

Whatever you do, you can be a CHAMPION for African Penguins!

11th Annual Run/Walk for the Penguins
October 14, 2017
Mystic Aquarium
55 Coogan Boulevard

7:30AM Registration Opens
9:00AM Walk/Run start
10:30AM Kids Fun Race
11:30AM Penguin Races in the Marine Theater

One of the most popular species at Mystic Aquarium, our African penguins are important ambassadors to their endangered counterparts in the wild.

Put your best foot forward! Come out on race day and join us in our efforts to protect the African penguin.

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Event Activities include

• 5K Run or 3K Walk on a Picturesque All-Terrain Course
• Kid’s Race
• Refreshments
• Penguin Photo Opps
• Meet and Greet with Mystic Aquarium’s Penguin Animal Care Specialists
• Meet Petey the Penguin
• Prizes for race category winners

All race participants receive complimentary admission to the Aquarium on race day!


Raise $100* and receive a basic Adopt an Animal Kit.

Raise $500* and receive a special Adopt an Animal Kit.

Raise $1,000* and receive a private Penguin Encounter program for up to 6 people.

Raise $2,500* and receive a Penguin meet and greet for up to 4 guests in the Penguin Discovery Zone plus a once-in-a-lifetime Penguin painting session!

Raise $5,000* and receive a special Penguins Up Close Opportunity, where you and a guest receive a behind the scenes tour of the Penguin Pavilion exhibit and work side-by-side with a penguin trainer during a feeding session for all 32 penguins. Includes a group photo at the end.

*Fundraising total does not include the walk/run registration fee. Prizes are for individual fundraising levels. Encounters and special tours are scheduled based on availability. Some restrictions apply.

Family Friendly Event
Strollers & Dogs Welcome (Walkers Only)

Questions? Please contact Lydia Shell at [email protected] or 860.572.5955 Ext. 518.

About Our Organization

Mystic Aquarium has been caring for African penguins for nearly 30 years!

And, Mystic Aquarium is at the forefront of critically important conservation programs that seek to ensure the survival of this endangered species:

• African penguin Species Survival Plan (SSP)
• AZA’s Saving Animals From Extinction (SAFE)

Our Mission

To inspire people to care for and protect our ocean planet through conservation, education and research.