Running for Sharks


A conservation virtual running event has captured the public’s attention and turned from a solo event into a global one, with runners around the world signing up to participate.

Run for Rays

Image courtesy of Friends for Sharks

The ‘Run and Bleed for the Wild’ event has been organised by Wildlife Conservation Society – Malaysia and Swinburne University of Technology in Sarawak to raise awareness of the need to conserve sharks, rays and orangutans in Sarawak and to provide the opportunity for university clubs and organisations to be involved in conservation.

With 2km, 5km and 10km run options and a fun walk available it is an event for all abilities in Sarawak. But participation doesn’t stop there. Runners in Australia, China, England, Jordan, Laos, Indonesia, Myanmar, USA, Russia, Scotland, Vietnam and other countries have signed up to participate from their own towns and cities as Virtual Runners. Swimmers from Indonesia will also be ocean swimming in support of sharks.

The ‘bleed’ part of the event title refers to a blood donation drive that has also been organised by the JCI Swinburne Youth Chapter to increase blood donation. Blood can be donated 9am to 4:30pm on 10th December at Swinburne Sarawak campus at Jalan Uplands.

The run commences from Swinburne Sarawak’s campus in Kuching on 10th December 2016.

More details can be found here.

Virtual Runners can register here.

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About Author

Kathryn has lived in the UK, Egypt, South Africa and New Zealand and is a trained scuba diving instructor and Great White shark safari guide. She is the author of No Damage (December 2014), the Managing Editor of The Scuba News New Zealand, a freelance writer, public speaker and co-founder of the marine conservation cause Friends for Sharks (August 2014). In 2015 she organised and completed a 10-month global speaking tour in aid of shark conservation: 87 events, 8 countries, 7000 people. Learn more about Kathryn’s book, No Damage at:

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