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One of my favorite facets of running is the animals. Whether it’s the red-winged blackbird scorching by or the rabbit munching the roadside grass, I’m always on the search for wildlife on the run.

So when I saw the San Diego Zoo Safari Park would be hosting a half marathon as well as 10K, I could not withstand. My initial browse through to the Safari Park was intended around the running of the cheetah (at 3:30 p.m. daily, you can witness full throttle around 70 mph)

Right after registered, I saw a rattlesnake on a run near my office. The good news is it had not been relocating as well as was all extended (avoid coiled snakes!), so I really did not have to bother with eluding that guy.

A few days later on, I saw a fantastic azur bird chasing after a squirrel. Maybe far from a nest? Fortunately I wasn’t also floundered by the irregular walkway while I was rubbernecking.

I’m not sure exactly what type of big animals I may see at the race on Sunday, however something tells me I won’t be overlooking at caterpillars. Though I do not intend to step on them!

For a little pre-race motivation, below are some full blast for the zippiest of animals …

Peregrine Falcon: 220 mph in a hunting dive (fastest animal known)

Spine-Tailed Swift: 106 miles per hour (fastest bird in “powered trip”)
Cheetah: 70 to 75 (fastest continent pet)
Ostrich: 45 mph (fastest bird on land)
Pronghorn: 61 mph
Blue Wildebeest, Springbok as well as Thompson’s Gazelle: close to 50 mph
Usain Bolt: 28 mph (fastest man)

Even if we can’t run as quickly, this race could be our little zoom at the zoo. There are still areas for the half marathon, if you’re inspired to dart, scamper, gallop, creep, fly, speed or hotfoot like the wildlife.

Tell us regarding your best animal detecting on a run! Tweet us @womensrunning to discuss your story!