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Published on Thursday, October 17, 2019

Monarch Butterflies and Ultra-Runners Coming Through San Antonio Raising Awareness of Epic Migratory Journey

CONTACT: Connie Swann, 210-207-6122

SAN ANTONIO (October 17, 2019) – San Antonio Parks and Recreation and the Office of Sustainability welcome the Monarch Ultra Relay Run to San Antonio on Thursday, October 17. The Monarch Ultra Relay Run is a 4300km ultra marathon that follows the migratory path of the Monarch butterflies from Canada to Mexico, raising awareness of the monarch’s journey and declining populations.

The Monarch Ultra Relay Run route crosses several San Antonio parks and landmarks including Maverick Park, Riverwalk and Stinson Park among others. The public is encouraged to cheer on an ultra-runner along the San Antonio route as they complete 50k and 100k segments of the relay. The route started in Ontario, Canada on September 19th and will eventually end in the Sierra Madre Mountains in Mexico in early November. With 1 to 2 ultra-runners per segment, a total of 50-70 ultra-runners are participating in the relay across North America. “This multi-day running adventure invites runners to traverse wild and remote landscapes as well as populated urban areas, while building camaraderie, overcoming adversity and sharing a singular adventure with Monarch butterflies,” said Carlotta James, Project Director and Co-Founder.

As a Monarch Champion City, San Antonio Parks and Recreation is proud to provide pollinator habitats and raise awareness for the Monarchs by planting butterfly gardens and leading educational programming at several natural areas and trailheads throughout the city. “We’re thrilled to have the Monarch Ultra come through San Antonio and raise awareness about the Monarchs and their habitats. In 2019, Parks and Recreation planted milkweed in butterfly gardens, spread 50 pounds of pollinator-friendly wildflower seed, and led guided hikes for local school groups that included butterfly and pollinator-friendly plant identification,” noted Homer Garcia III, Interim Director of San Antonio Parks and Recreation.

Visit the San Antonio Parks and Recreation team at upcoming events to learn more about the importance of pollinators and their habitats:
Monarch Butterfly and Pollinator Festival at The Pearl on Sunday, October 20.
Bat Walk at Medina River Natural Area on Friday, October 25.

Both events are free and open to the public. For more information about San Antonio Parks and Recreation, visit

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