Run Wild for the Detroit Zoo
Sunday, September 8, 2024


Join thousands of runners and walkers on Sunday, Sept. 8 for Run Wild for the Detroit Zoo, sponsored by Michigan First Credit Union. During this annual event, you can compete in a 5K run or enjoy a stroll through the Zoo with our non-competitive Fun Walk.

This year’s mascot is Neo the southern cassowary! Neo is a unique, flightless bird who has called the Zoo home since 2021. She can be identified by the helmet-like casque atop her head, her vivid blue face and her sharp claws. Be sure to visit Neo after the race!




Run Wild for the Detroit Zoo raises critical funds for the Ruth Roby Glancy Animal Health Complex and helps us provide outstanding veterinary care for the animals at the Detroit Zoo and Belle Isle Nature Center.

All participants receive:
  • A commemorative T-shirt
  • A unique, collectible finisher medal highlighting Neo the southern cassowary
  • Admission to the Detroit Zoo following the race
  • Access to the Post Race Party, sponsored by Kroger, featuring food, a cash bar, live entertainment, photo opportunities, children’s activities and more!
  • Free admission to Dinosauria, an immersive trail featuring life-sized animatronic dinosaurs
*T-shirt availability is not guaranteed for registration after Sept. 1.