Thousands of runners and walkers from New York City, Westchester and Connecticut flocked to the Bronx Zoo on April 30 for the 14th annual Run for the Wild 5K walk/run event.
Montefiore Einstein Adds Community Art to Run for the Wild at Bronx Zoo
This year’s run was dedicated to the colorful hornbill, an endangered bird native to the forests of Asia and Africa (which can also be seen at the Bronx Zoo). Proceeds from this year’s Run for the Wild will help protect the hornbill, which is threatened by deforestation and the illegal wildlife trade.
The hornbill was also the focus of Montefiore Einstein’s new activity this year: a community mural celebrating the bird. Local artist Laura Alvarez created the outline for the mural, which race fans and participants were invited to finish by painting it in.
I think it’s awesome that Montefiore Einstein wants to invest in people and wants the community involved. I love these types of events because everybody is happy and everyone wants to participate.
Alvarez’s work has previously been featured at Montefiore Einstein campuses as part of the Fine Art Program and Collection at Montefiore Medicine. She is also co-founder, vice president and COO of BxArts Factory, a nonprofit organization whose mission is to make art accessible to everyone in the Bronx.