Run Wild for the Detroit Zoo Sept. 13
Lace Up Your Running Shoes!
Join thousands of runners and walkers as they lace up their running shoes for the annual Run Wild for the Detroit Zoo, sponsored by Ford, on Sunday, September 13, 2015! The event includes 5K and 10K runs, the Too Wild! 5K+10K combo, plus a noncompetitive 1.5-mile Fun Walk. Runners in the 5K and 10K events start at the Zoo’s 10 Mile Road entrance and wind through the scenic streets of Huntington Woods surrounding the Zoo. Walkers follow a course past award-winning animal habitats as they stroll through Zoo grounds.
Run Wild for the Detroit Zoo raises critical funds for the Ruth Roby Glancy Animal Health Complex and the veterinary care for the animals at the Detroit Zoo.
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Mail-in Registration Form
Event takes place rain or shine.
On Race Day, please plan to arrive early. 10 Mile will close for the 5K and 10K races, so expect heavy traffic.
Each registered race participant will receive a Run Wild for the Detroit Zoo commemorative T-shirt, admission to the Detroit Zoo for the day, plus food and beverages at the Post-Race Party sponsored by Kroger. Registration is required for guests ages 2 and older. Zoo admission is required for non-race participants.
Online registration is available until 6 a.m. Friday, September 11. Once it closes, participants can register on site at the Detroit Zoo at the Run Wild Registration Tent near Main Admissions during packet pick-up.
Early Registration (by August 14)
- Fun Walk – $22
- 5K Race – $27
- 10K Race – $32
- Too Wild 5K + 10K – $52
Registration (by August 15 – September 13)
- Fun Walk – $27
- 5K Race – $32
- 10K Race – $37
- Too Wild 5K + 10K – $57
- 5K Run – 8 a.m – 10 Mile Road entrance of the Detroit Zoo (USAT&F Sanctioned)
- 10K Run – 9 a.m. – 10 Mile Road entrance of the Detroit Zoo (USAT&F Sanctioned)
- Fun Walk – 9:15 a.m. – Inside the Detroit Zoo (non-competitive, untimed)
- 5K and 10K Run and Too Wild! Combo Run: Flat course (wheelchair accessible) runs around the outside of the Detroit Zoo.
- Fun Walk (noncompetitive/untimed): 1.5-mile path inside the Detroit Zoo.
For the safety of all participants, bicycles, skateboards, roller blades, roller skates and animals are not allowed at Run Wild for the Detroit Zoo. Strollers are permitted for the Fun Walk and at the back of the 5K race. Only strollers designed for jogging/running will be allowed for the 10K race.
Chronotrack Timing System
Timing and results for Run Wild for the Detroit Zoo are sponsored by Genisys Credit Union. Racers will be using the ChronoTrack Timing System attached to your race bib. In order to receive an accurate time, please confirm your bib is clearly visible on the front of the torso, unaltered and unmodified (do not fold or wrinkle), pinned in all four corners and not covered (jackets, runner belts, water bottles, etc.).
Results will be posted at the Post-Race Awards Ceremony shortly after the event. Same-day results will be available at newtontiming.com.
Packet Pickup and Registration
Packets will not be mailed.
Packets can be picked up and guests can register at the front of the Detroit Zoo on the following dates and times:
- Friday, September 11 from 4 p.m. to 7 p.m.
- Saturday, September 12 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.
- Sunday, September 13 from 6 a.m. to 8:45 a.m.
NOTE: Registration is available on the day of the race, Sunday, September 13 from 6 a.m. to 8:45 a.m.
Post-Race Party and Awards
Medals are awarded to the top two male and female finishers in each age category for the 5K and 10K runs. Age categories are: 14 and under, 15-18, 19-24, 25-29, 30-34, 35-39, 40-44, 45-49, 50-54, 55-59, 60-64, 65-69, 70+. In addition, awards will be given to the overall top two male and female finishers and top one overall masters male and female (age 40+) for the 5K and 10K runs.
Awards will also be provided to the top five overall male and female finishers for the Too Wild! combined 5K and 10K events.
Winners must pick-up their awards day of event. Medals will not be mailed.
The Post-Race Awards Ceremony, sponsored by Kroger, will take place immediately following the conclusion of the Run/Walk. The celebration will include entertainment, food, beverages, children’s activities and the Zoo’s award-winning habitats.
Note: Zoo admission is required for non-race participants.
Govenor’s Council On Physical Fitness
Run Wild for the Detroit Zoo has been recognized by the Governor’s Council on Physical Fitness as a quality physical activity event that significantly contributes to the health and well-being of Michigan residents. For more information about the Governor’s Council’s endorsement program, please visit the Michigan Fitness Website.
Mail-in Registration Form
A Wild Cause
Run Wild for the Detroit Zoo raises funds to purchase equipment for the Ruth Roby Glancy Animal Health Complex and veterinary care for the Detroit Zoo animals. Your help is needed to ensure that the Zoo animals receive the care they need to stay healthy. So whether you like to run or walk, support the Detroit Zoo and Run Wild with us!
If your friends or family want to support our cause but can’t make it to the race, or if they simply want to cheer you on as you help out a worthy organization, it’s now possible for them to sponsor you for the event. The money will go toward taking care of the Zoo animals – the next best thing to running in the race.
Each individual who raises $150 or more will receive a Detroit Zoo plush and water bottle. The three individuals raising the most funds will receive a special Run Wild for the Detroit Zoo gift pack, including four tickets for a day at the Zoo.
Race entry fees will not be counted toward awards and should be sent as a separate payment.
Download ‘Friends of the Wild Pledge Sheet’ Here!