Registration for Run Wild for the Detroit Zoo is now open!
All registrations are final. No refunds.
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 Motor Company, on Sunday, September 12, 2021. The event includes a 5K and a non-competitive Fun Walk. Runners of the 5K start at the Zoo’s 10 Mile Road entrance and wind through the scenic streets of Huntington Woods and cross the finish line INSIDE 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 veterinary care for the animals at the Detroit Zoo and Belle Isle Nature Center.
All participants receive a commemorative T-shirt and a collectible finisher medal upon completion of the race.
Event takes place rain or shine. On Race Day, please plan to arrive early. 10 Mile Road will close for the 5K, so expect heavy traffic.
Why We Run
Your support of the Detroit Zoological Society and Run Wild for the Detroit Zoo helps us provide the outstanding veterinary care for the animals at the Detroit Zoo and Belle Isle Nature Center.
Entry fees include a commemorative Run Wild for the Detroit Zoo T-shirt, a collectible finisher medal and entry to the Zoo immediately following the race. The Post Race Party includes food and beverages, entertainment and children’s activities, sponsored by Kroger. (T-shirt availability is not guaranteed for registration after September 3rd.)
Registration is required for participants ages 2 and older.
Spectators: The 5K finish line is INSIDE the Zoo. Those wishing to see their family or friends finish the race must pay for entry into the Zoo. Special Run Wild for the Detroit Zoo spectator admission covers access to the finish line, the Post Race Party and admission to the Zoo for the day. Spectator admission does not include a T-shirt or finisher medal. Spectator admission for this special event can be purchased in conjunction with race registration or during packet pickup hours. The cost is $15 for adults and $5 for children (ages 2-18). Spectators with wristbands must enter the Zoo by 9:30 a.m. Please note, Members cannot use their Membership to get into the Zoo until it opens to the general public at 10 a.m. Members who wish to participate in Run Wild must register for the event, and those who want to watch the finish must purchase spectator admission, as this is a before-hours special event.
Online registration is available until 10 p.m. on Thursday, September 9. Once it closes, participants can register on site at the Detroit Zoo at the Run Wild Registration Tent near Main Admissions during packet pickup. (For hours, see “Packet Pickup and Registration”, below)
All registrations are final. No refunds.
Due to the proximity of animal habitats near the finish line, we ask that spectators do not bring in any noise makers (e.g., cow bells, whistles, air horns, etc.). Thank you in advance for your cooperation.
Registration July 30 – September 9
Fun Walk: $35
On Site Registration July 30 (Friday and Saturday) – September 10 and 11
Fun Walk: $40
Day Of/ Late Registration (Sunday/Race Day) – September 12
Fun Walk: $40
Spectator Fee (Finish Line)
Children (ages 2-18): $5
Spectator admission for this special event can be purchased in conjunction with race registration or during packet pickup hours. Spectators with wristbands must enter the Zoo by 9:30 a.m.
Please note: Run Wild for the Detroit Zoo is a special event and not included with a Detroit Zoological Society membership.
- 5K Run – 8 a.m. – 10 Mile Road entrance of the Detroit Zoo (USATF Sanctioned)
- Fun Walk – 8:45-10: 15 a. m. – Inside the Detroit Zoo (non-competitive, untimed)
- Course Map Coming Soon!
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 SK race.
Chronotrack Timing System
Newton Timing will be the official timers of Run Wild for the Detroit Zoo using the ChronoTrack Timing System. 5K participants will have electronic timing tags attached to their 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.).
5K results will be available at the finish line and Post Race Party shortly after the event. Same-day results will also be available. Too Wild! times will be available online on Monday, Sept 13.
Packet Pickup and Registration
Packets will not be mailed. Packets will be organized by race bib number. Please check back closer to the event for your assigned number.
Packets can be picked up and guests can register at the front of the Detroit Zoo on the following dates and times:
- Friday, September 10 from 4 p.m. to 7 p.m.
- Saturday, September 11 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.
- Sunday, September 12 from 6 a.m. to 7:45 a.m.
NOTE: Registration is available on the day of the race, Sunday, September 12 from 6 a.m. to 7:45 a.m. Registration for each race will close a half hour prior to its designated race start time. Start timing mats will be turned off 10 minutes after the official start of each race. Participants starting after the equipment is turned off will be assigned gun time (time of the official start).
Post Race Party, sponsored by Kroger and Awards
All participants (including Fun Walk) will receive a finisher medal upon completion of their race. This unique collectible medal highlights a different animal each year!
Additional Age Group Medals are awarded to the top three male and female finishers in each age category for the 5K (Age categories are: 9 and under, 10-14, 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, plaques will be given to the overall top male and female finishers and top overall masters male and female (age 40+) for the 5K.
Winners must pick-up their awards by 11: 30 a.m. day of event at the medals tent located at the Post Race Party in the Main Picnic Grove. Medals will not be mailed.
The Post Race Awards Ceremony will take place immediately following the conclusion of the Run/Walk. The celebration, sponsored by Kroger, will include entertainment, food, beverages, children’s activities and the Zoo’s award-winning habitats.
Governor’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.
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.
Volunteer Course Marshals cheer runners along the race course through the quiet neighborhood streets of Huntington Woods just north of the Zoo. Course Marshals are stationed at intersections along the route. Their role is to encourage the runners, stop traffic briefly when necessary, and ensure everyone is safe.
The volunteer shift time is 6:30-10:45 a.m
Volunteers must be 18 years old and vaccinated.
To register, email email@example.com or call 248-541-5717 ext. 3802.
- Commemorative T-shirt
- Collectible finisher medal. This unique collectible medal highlights a different animal each year!
- Admission to the Detroit Zoo following the race
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.