Veterinary students' fun run to help the plight of rhinos

Posted on August 22, 2016

The popular annual Run4Rhinos fun run, an initiative of veterinary students of the University of Pretoria's Faculty of Veterinary Science, will take place at the LC de Villiers Sports Grounds on Saturday, 27 August 2016.

All funds raised through T-shirt sales, entry fees, and donations will go directly to the two selected charities namely the RhODIS® Rhino DNA data index system of the Faculty of Veterinary Science's Veterinary Genetics Laboratory (VGL) and the Dog Unit of the Stop Rhino Poaching organisation. In 2015 Run4Rhinos raised a total of R43 000 for these two entities.

Already in its fifth year, this initiative has become very popular. The dog-friendly event consists of a 5 km fun run/walk, with multiple water points manned by Onderstepoort marshals. There is also a 10 km route for the serious fitness fanatics. Last year's event was attended by about 700 runners and more than 100 dogs that followed (or led) their owners around the track.

The entry fee is R70,00 for the 10 km race or R50,00 for the 5 km. For an extra R10 you can bring your dog along. The race will start at 07:00.

Participants can register on the morning of the event from 06:00, or at

It always takes a lot of organising and preparation, but with a team of vet students, no challenge is too big. To keep updated about this year's event, or to look at photos from the 2015 event, please follow Run4Rhinos on their Facebook community page (

For more information, please contact Abigail Warren on 083 409 2995 or [email protected].


- Author Faculty of Veterinary Science

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