Lace up your running shoes, we are going virtual!

Registration for Run Wild for the Detroit Zoo is now closed. We are not able to accept any more registrations.
We can’t wait to see you in 2021!

Run Wild for the Detroit Zoo is going virtual this year, which means you can participate when and how you want!

How does a virtual run work? It’s easy! All you, your family and friends need to do is register for Run Wild online, complete one or more of the race options between Friday, September 11 and Sunday, September 13, and enter your times online.

Race Options

• 5K Race
• 10K Race
• Too Wild! 5K+10K combo
• Fun Walk

One of the many perks of transitioning to a virtual event is that any race option can be done on your own time and at your own pace. Whether you are looking to set a PR in the 10K, or you want to explore a new neighborhood and walk the 5K, Run Wild is the event for you!

Runners and walkers can participate anytime between Friday, September 11 and Sunday, September 13.

Join thousands of runners and walkers . . . Virtually!

Registration Information

Entry fees include a commemorative Run Wild for the Detroit Zoo T-shirt, collectible finisher medal and a Detroit Zoological Society water bottle. The first 1,500 participants will be able to pick up the items included with their Run Wild registration at packet pickup. Any additional participants will be notified when items arrive, no later than November 1, 2020.

Too Wild! participants will also receive an exclusive Too Wild! medal and frog plush.

Online registration is available until 10 p.m. on Wednesday, September 9.

All registrations are final. No refunds.


10K Too Wild! – 5K + 10K Fun Walk
Run Wild Virtual Registration
$35 $35 $60 $35


Since Run Wild is a virtual event this year, you have the freedom to decide when and where you run! If you are looking for a course in your community, MapMyRun offers many courses at different lengths that runners have already completed!

Packet Pickup

Packets can be picked up at the Run Wild tent in the 10 Mile parking lot at the Detroit Zoo on the following dates and times:

  • Thursday, September 10, from 4 to 7 p.m.
  • Friday, September 11, from 4 to 7 p.m.
  • Saturday, September 12, from 9 a.m. to 12 p.m.

Participants who would like their packets mailed, please select the Packet Shipment option during registration.

Sponsorship Opportunities

Don’t miss this chance to partner with Run Wild for the Detroit Zoo! Run Wild provides a unique way to connect your brand with the Detroit Zoological Society in a fun and memorable consumer experience while building your reputation through your support and dedication to animal health and welfare. Run Wild offers a variety of partnership levels. Each level is supported by an array of exciting marketing and sales promotion benefits, the value of which well exceeds the partnership fee. We can also provide multiple-year agreements so you can secure your association with Run Wild for years to come and keep this valuable asset out of the hands of your competition.

Timing Results

All participants can enter their results online upon completion of their run or walk anytime between Friday, September 11 and Sunday, September 13.

After Your Race

Although you won’t be at the Zoo celebrating in the Main Picnic Grove with 4,500 of your closest friends, create your own Post Race Party at home and tag us at @DetroitZoo! Use the hashtag #RunWildfortheDetroitZoo on Facebook and Instagram and show off your Run Wild 2020 t-shirt and medal!

Why We Run

Your support of the Detroit Zoological Society and Run Wild for the Detroit Zoo helps to provide outstanding veterinary care for animals at the Detroit Zoo and Belle Isle Nature Center.

Event Highlights

All participants receive:

  • Commemorative T-shirt
  • Detroit Zoological Society water bottle
  • Collectible finisher medal. This unique collectible medal highlights a different animal each year! This year we are celebrating frogs!


In addition to the exclusive Too Wild! medal, all participants that register for the Too Wild! 5K + 10K combo will receive a frog plush with their registration!

Celebrating and Saving Wildlife

8450 W. 10 Mile Road, Royal Oak, MI 48067 

The Detroit Zoological Society
– a renowned leader in humane education,
wildlife conservation, animal welfare
and environmental sustainability –
operates the Detroit Zoo and Belle Isle Nature Center.

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