When I need a little extra motivation to push my running routine, I pretend there's a giant, truck-sized tarantula pounding the pavement after me. It works, because I have a very vivid imagination. You could dream up similar motivations this weekend at the Jungle Jog 5K, which takes runners (safely) through lower Seneca Park and past the actual wild animals of Seneca Park Zoo (2222 St. Paul St.). Just picture the lions and wolves licking their chops as the tasty morsel that is you trots by, marinating in your own salty juices.
The Sunday, July 21, race is family-friendly and includes a few different events for different skill levels and ages groups. The 5K begins at 8:15 a.m., and costs $20 to register ($30 day-of-race). The Seneca Park Mile starts at 9:30 a.m., and costs $13 to register ($15 day-of-race). A free Kids' Fun Run for ages 1-7 will take place at 10 a.m. All runners can take advantage of free Zoo admission this day only by showing their race number or T-shirt at the Zoo's Front Gate. Guests of runners must pay regular Zoo admission ($8-$11, free to members ages 2 and under). To register, or for more information, call 336-7200 or visit senecaparkzoo.org.