Unusual ‘wildlife’ expected for fifth annual Batwa Challenge run/walk on Nevada City’s Tribute Trail | TheUnion.com

Unusual ‘wildlife’ expected for fifth annual Batwa Challenge run/walk on Nevada City’s Tribute Trail

Organizers of the fifth annual Batwa Challenge for those unable to visit the Kellermann's in Uganda, a “little glimpse of gorilla magic” is coming to Nevada County for the Aug. 15 event.
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For years, local physician Dr. Scott Kellermann has been encouraging Nevada County folks to come to Africa where he and his wife, Carol, have established a hospital, and meet the Batwa pygmies and trek the mountain gorillas.

For those unable to make the long and arduous journey to the remote Bwindi area of Uganda, a little glimpse of gorilla magic is coming to Nevada County.

On Aug. 15, the fifth annual Batwa Challenge 5k/10k run and 5k walk will take place.

Rumor has it that a mountain gorilla may be seen on the trail this year, perhaps even making itself available for photo ops.

The race helps raise money and awareness for supporting the Kellermann Foundation’s work with the Batwa community in southwest Uganda.

The Batwa pygmy community is considered one of the world’s most impoverished and marginalized population groups after being evicted from their forest home in an effort to preserve the famed mountain gorillas.

This year’s course, which includes stretches of the recently completed Tribute Trail, winds through shaded forest paths and crosses Deer Creek via a suspension bridge.

Kellermann and Carol, both widely celebrated humanitarians, will be on hand for the event and provide a brief update on the heartening successes happening with the Batwa.

For more information about participating, volunteering, or to register, go to batwachallenge.com.

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