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Join hundreds of runners and walkers as they lace up their running shoes for the third-annual Run Wild for the Zoo 5K at Philadelphia Zoo! Run or walk through our beautiful and unique campus, enjoy fun activities and entertainment, or stop by your favorite exhibit – all while raising money for some of your favorite furry friends. Run Wild for the Zoo 5K proceeds support the more than 1300 different animals that live at the Zoo by providing funds for nutrition, habitat enhancements, medical care, enrichment activities, and more.
Event check-in will open at 6:30 a.m. and the 5K run will start promptly at 7:30 a.m. We suggest arriving with enough time to park, check-in, and enjoy pre-race activities. The Zoo will open at its regular time of 9:30 a.m. for non-event guests. All animal areas will open during regular business hours at 9:30 a.m.
Enjoy crafts and activities for children, specialty beverages for the adults, music, entertainment, photo ops, and surprise giveaways!
This is a rain or shine event. Zoo Members receive a discounted participant fee (see FAQ).
For additional information visit www.PhiladelphiaZoo.org.
Additional race information can be found at http://www.philadelphiazoo.org/Explore/Upcoming-Events/Run-Wild-for-the-Zoo-5K.htm.
If you have any questions about this race, click the button below.
What are my transportation/parking options for getting to and from the event?
Philadelphia Zoo is located at the corner of 34th Street and Girard Avenue in Philadelphia's historic Fairmount Park, the world's largest landscaped city park. Zoo parking will be available at the standard rate of $16/vehicle or free with valid zoo membership (one vehicle per membership). Click here for parking locations and directions.
Do Zoo members receive a discount?
Yes, members receive $10 off the 5K Race General Admission pricing. Please select the 5K Registration Sign Up tab and you will be asked to enter your membership ID number located on your membership card during the check-out process and to present your card along with a valid ID at check-in on the day of the event.
Because this is a special event with additional activities, entertainment, and fundraising goals we are not offering a discount on the spectator ticket. However, memberships can be used towards regular Zoo admission starting at 9:30 a.m.
What can I bring in to the event?
Standard Zoo restrictions apply: no skateboards, bicycles, pets, balloons, or smoking allowed. Click here for detailed information.
Strollers are welcome. If running with a stroller, please line up towards the rear at the starting line.
Winners must pick up awards day-of-event, medals will not be mailed.
What's the refund policy?
All events occur rain or shine. Registration fees are non-refundable.
Do I have to bring my printed ticket to the event?
Can I update my registration information?
Yes, please log-in using your RunSignUp information to update your registration information.
What's the fee for children?
Children under 2 are free. All participants ages 2 and up will require event registration.
Who is eligible to receive medals?
Top male and female finishers from Wave 1 in the following age categories will be awarded a custom Run Wild for the Zoo medal; 9 & under, 10-14, 15-19, 20-24, 25-29, 30-34, 35-39, 40-44, 45-49, 50-54, 55-59, 60-64, 65-69, 70 & up.
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