Join SOS in 2024 for a Year of Conservation Events! - SOS – Sumatran Orangutan Society

Run, Jump, and Protect: Join SOS in 2024 for a Year of Conservation Events!

The call of the wild is ringing, and we invite you to answer it in the most exhilarating way possible! We are thrilled to announce our exciting lineup of events for 2024, offering you the chance to make a real impact on orangutan and rainforest conservation. 

This year, we are stepping up our game with a diverse set of activities that cater to all levels of fitness and adventure. We have a wide range of events available for you to take part in.

Here are some of the highlights:

Paris Marathon – 7th April

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The Paris Marathon offers a spectacular blend of iconic landmarks and a vibrant atmosphere, making it an unforgettable experience. Running through the heart of Paris, participants traverse the Seine River, pass by famous landmarks like the Eiffel Tower, and feel the energy of this historic city. By joining the Paris Marathon for SOS, not only do you challenge yourself on an international stage, but you also contribute to the protection of orangutans and the Sumatran rainforests.

Reading Half Marathon – 14th April

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The Reading Half Marathon combines the thrill of a large-scale event with the charm of the English countryside. As you weave through the streets of Reading, you’ll experience a fantastic blend of urban and scenic landscapes. This event is perfect for both seasoned runners and newcomers, providing a supportive environment to achieve personal fitness goals while making a real impact on orangutan conservation.

Great Bristol Run – 19th May

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The Great Bristol Run showcases the vibrant spirit of this dynamic city. Participants run through Bristol’s historic harborside, passing landmarks like the Clifton Suspension Bridge. This event offers a unique blend of urban excitement and natural beauty. Joining the Great Bristol Run for SOS allows you to be part of a community-driven event while contributing to the protection of orangutans and their vital rainforest habitats.

Asics 10k – 14th July

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During the Asics 10k, dash past iconic central London sights Big Ben, the London Eye and the River Thames in a 10K race to remember on Sunday 14th July 2024. By participating in the Asics 10k for SOS, you not only challenge yourself on this lively route, but you also become a vital force in protecting wild orangutans by supporting our conservation efforts.

Edinburgh 10k – Mens and Womens events – 22nd September

The Edinburgh 10k, with mens‘ and womens‘ events combines the historical charm of Scotland’s capital with the thrill of a fast-paced race. Participants navigate through the city’s iconic landmarks, including the Royal Mile and Holyrood Palace. By choosing the Edinburgh 10k for SOS, you immerse yourself in the rich cultural tapestry of this city while contributing to the global effort to protect orangutans and their rainforest homes.

Great South Run – 20th October

The Great South Run takes you through the scenic coastal city of Portsmouth, offering a unique and picturesque course. With views of the historic naval dockyards and the iconic Spinnaker Tower, this event provides a stunning backdrop for your run. By joining the Great South Run for SOS, you engage in a coastal challenge while playing a crucial role in the ongoing conservation of wild orangutans and their habitats.

Sumatra Jungle Challenge (Trek) – 6th-15th September

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This jungle trek challenge takes place in September in the mountainous Gunung Leuser National Park, one of the only places in the world where you can still see Sumatran orang-utans in the wild. Gibbons, elephants, hornbills, Thomas leaf monkeys, macaques, sun bears and the elusive Sumatran tiger are just a handful of the many species found in this unique World Heritage ecosystem.

Bungee Jump – various dates

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For the adrenaline junkies, take a leap of faith in our Bungee Jump events happening in several UK locations throughout the year

Looking for something closer to home? Check out our regional events pages for challenges in your region.

Why Participate?

Getting involved in our events is not just about the physical challenge; it’s about making a difference. Sumatran and Tapanuli orangutans are critically endangered and we must create a future where they can not just survive, but thrive in sustainable rainforests. By participating in our events, you become a vital part of the solution. The funds you raise all go towards protecting wild orangutans, their rainforests and their future.

Embarking on this journey is not just about conquering physical challenges; it’s about making a stand for a world where orangutans roam freely in lush rainforests. Let’s be the change we wish to see and protect the precious biodiversity that makes our planet unique.

“Every step you take, every mile you conquer, brings us closer to a world where orangutans swing freely in the treetops. Your efforts are not just a run; they are a run for their future, a run for the rainforests, and a run for a sustainable coexistence.”
Rhia Docherty, Individual Giving Manager

All participants will receive an exclusive SOS-branded top to wear proudly during their event. This not only unites our team visually but also raises awareness for wild orangutans. Additionally, you’ll have access to our dedicated fundraising support team, guiding you every step of the way.

So, are you ready to lace up your running shoes, go bungee jumping, or trek through the lush rainforests of Sumatra? Join us in 2024, be a part of something extraordinary, and let’s make this year a turning point for orangutans and their habitats.

Sign up now, and let’s run, jump, and protect wild orangutans together!

If you have further questions before signing up, send on email to Rhia at

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