Running to save the golden frog

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Last year’s race.

Last year’s race.

The “La Dorada” Run / Walk will be held in El Valle de Anton, on Sunday, August 14, marking the national day of the Golden Frog which seeks to raise awareness for the need to conserve this species.

“La Dorada” is a family competition in the “Trail Race” format, which is a type of race that consists of running “off track”, that is to say competitors race along mountain paths, trails and secondary roads, through mountains, and hills with steep climbs and descents crossing streams and rivers.

As in previous years, participants may choose to enroll in different categories of 5k, 10k and 15k. The 5k trail is a path of low intensity, so it will be easy for the whole family to walk or run. The 10K and 15K trails have several hills and challenges for more experienced competitors.

This year's participation medal

This year’s participation medal

Registration for the race will be open until Thursday, August 11, at different points such as The North Face stores in Soho Mall and Multiplaza Pacific, Hush Puppies stores in Altaplaza and Albrook Mall and in El Valle de Anton. Cost is $25 and all proceeds from this event will be used for educational programs to promote the conservation of the Golden Frog and other amphibians.

Each participant who crosses the finish line will receive a medal for completing the course and helping preserve the species. In addition, each participant will receive a participation kit prior to the race, with a shirt alluding to the event. The kit must be picked up on Thursday, August 11 at the Tupper Auditorium of the Smithsonian Tropical Research Institute on the slopes of Cerro Ancon.

For more information on the route, awards, forum and more about the race, visit www.CaminandoPanama.org

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