About Tuxedo Trot

The Tuxedo Trot: Run for the Penguins is a fun, family-friendly event created by the Greensboro Science Center's Conservation Committee to raise funds for endangered African penguins. The birds' population has declined dramatically in the past 10 years and there is an urgent need for your help. 100% of profits will be donated to SANCCOB to help save these penguins.

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A beautiful two loop course on Lawndale Drive and through Country Park. Click here for a course map.

Start time: 8am

Registration Fees:
$30 until January 31, 2016
$35 from February 1 - April 30, 2016
$40 from May 1 - noon on May 19, 2016
$45 at packet pick up and on race day

A short course through the Greensboro Science Center's zoo that includes child-friendly obstacles.

Start time: 9am

Registration Fees
$15 until January 31, 2016
$20 from February 1 - noon on May 19, 2016
$25 at packet pick up and on race day



Why not? They're funny, adorable and smell like fish. Plus, they need your help... Read on.
The cold weather birds get all the hype. It's about time our warm-weather penguin pals get some love. Plus, their populations are declining very rapidly, with no turn-around in sight.

Yup. The IUCN Red List of Threatened Species says "immediate conservation action is required to prevent further declines."

But, fear not! You can help. Sign up to run and help save a species. And if you can't run, donate.


An awesomely fun time! Isn't that enough? No? Okay, you'll get other stuff, including an awesome T-shirt (T-Shirts only guaranteed to the first 500 registrants), a fun souvenir, the satisfied feeling that comes with helping to save a species and whatever else we decide.
Race day registration will be available as long as there is room.


The Kids' Fun Run is for children 10 and younger. The 5K is for anyone that can make it 5K.
It's not necessary, but if needed, one adult may run to assist your child.
Not to run. We don't want to risk stepping in... well, you know. Fido is welcome to watch the 5K, though. There's plenty of room on the sidelines.

Yes, but you'll have to start in back.

Strollers are strongly discouraged on the Fun Run due to the obstacles. It's tough to make a stroller jump over bales of hay. Trust us... we tried.

Race Day

Friday, May 20, 2016 at Fleet Feet from 4-7pm - 3731 Lawndale Dr, Greensboro, NC 27455 (336) 288-7071

Saturday, May 21, 2015 7-8am: Greensboro Science Center – 4301 Lawndale Dr., Greensboro, NC 27455 (336) 288-3769

At least 90 minutes before your race begins. The Greensboro Science Center's parking lot will be closed to traffic during the 5K (which begins at 8am) so be sure to arrive well ahead of that time.

Parking is available at the Greensboro Science Center, but spaces are limited, so carpool. Arrive early and carpool. Oh yeah, and please carpool. The lot WILL be closed to traffic during the race, so reallly... arrive early and carpool.

Additional parking is available at the Spencer Love Tennis Center located at 3802 Jaycee Park Drive. (But still... carpool.)

The same thing a penguin would wear... Black and white. Costumes are highly encouraged, and there will be great prizes for the best costumes (that tuxedo you haven't worn since your wedding?).
What, you want MORE? Fine, we'll feed you, let you into the Greensboro Science Center on race day free of charge (you must present your bib to enter), and offer you the chance to win crazy cool prizes.

We do say. We'll have prizes for overall top finishers, best costumes, and for others who are just lucky enough to have their bib number pulled in a random drawing. Yep, even if you mosey, wander, meander or otherwise take your sweet time, you can still win!

Prizes include penguin encounters (you are in with the penguins…incredibly awesome!), penguin paintings (actually painted by penguins), and a whole fish to swallow (okay, if you don't want the fish, you can opt for one of the other prizes).

Sure is! But you don't have to be fast to participate. This race is more about having fun, celebrating these amazing little animals and in the process, giving them a fighting chance for the future.

You'll get wet. It's okay, though. That'll just make the experience more penguin-like. They do swim, you know.
We'll consider changing the charity to support emperor penguins.
If it rains, there will be plenty of water, but just in case there will be one water stop.


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