Riverbanks Partners for Penguin Conservation with Ultra-Marathoner
For Immediate Release: November 15, 2011
Columbia Runner to Train with Zoo’s Penguins in Preparation for the Antarctica Marathon
[Columbia, SC] — A Columbia ultra-marathoner is going the distance for penguin conservation—all the way to Antarctica—but he’ll make a stop at Riverbanks Zoo and Garden on Saturday, December 10, to run with the beautiful birds on Penguin Coast.
Dean Schuster will be running all day on a treadmill at the Zoo’s penguin exhibit to raise money for Oceanites (Ocean-Eye-Tees)—a non-profit organization that does real-world penguin research and conservation on the Antarctic Peninsula. Schuster will actually run about 50 miles during the course of the day, from 9:00am to 5:00pm.
In addition to supporting the ongoing work of the Oceanites project to protect Antarctic penguins, a portion of the funds raised by Schuster will be donated to the Riverbanks Conservation Support Fund, allowing for a member of Riverbanks’ staff to participate in another important field conservation initiative protecting Humboldt penguins in Peru.
"Conserving the natural world is a sacred responsibility. I’ve enjoyed the Zoo as a visitor for over 15 years; now I’m working with Riverbanks to support real-world conservation,” said Schuster. "I feel extremely lucky to be a part of something that’s so important and close to my heart.”
As part of his commitment to this important cause, Schuster is training to run the Antarctica Marathon on March 9, 2012. Proceeds from the 26.2 mile race will benefit Oceanites’ ongoing research and conservation field work.
Guests are invited to stop by and talk with Schuster throughout his day-long run at the Zoo. Penguin Coast is located inside the Birdhouse at Riverbanks.
To keep track of Schuster’s journey, follow him on Twitter at @deanguin or online at www.runningwithpenguins.com. To make a donation in support of the Riverbanks Conservation Support Fund, visit www.riverbanks.org and click on Donate.