Frequently Asked Questions

September 13, 2020 | Royal Oak, MI


Q – What does Run Wild benefit?

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

Q – How do I register?

A – Click here to register

Q – What is the course?

A – Course map coming soon!

Q – Can my friends and family watch me finish the race inside the Zoo?

A- Yes. Spectator wristbands will be available for purchase. The cost is $15 for adults and $10 for children (ages 2-18). Spectator admission for this special event can be purchased in conjunction with race registration or during packet pickup hours. Spectator admission covers access to the finish line, the Post-Race Party and admission to the Zoo for the day. It does not include a T-shirt or finisher medal. Spectators with wristbands must enter the Zoo by 9:30 a.m.

Q – I am a Detroit Zoological Society Member; can I use my membership to enter the Zoo early to watch my friends and family participate in the race?

A – Members cannot use their membership to enter 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.

Q – Where do I pick up my packet?

A – Packets can be picked up and guests can register on site at the Detroit Zoo in the Run Wild Registration Tent near Main Admissions on the following dates and times:

  • Friday, September 11, from 4 to 7 p.m.
  • Saturday, September 12, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.
  • Sunday, September 13, from 6 to 8:45 a.m.

NOTE: Packets must be picked up during one of the dates and times listed above. Packets will not be mailed.

Q – Where do I park when I come to pick up my packet? 

A – Please do not park in the circle driveway near Main Admissions. There is plenty of parking in the lots and parking structure.

Q – Can someone else pick up my packet for me?

A – One person may pick up packets for other family members, friends or groups. No need for everyone to stand in line. No ID is necessary. Join us in our Green Journey and bring a reusable bag if you are picking up multiple packets.

Q – What is my bib number?

A – Please check back closer to the event for your assigned number. 

Q – Can I still participate in Run Wild after online registration closes?

A – Yes. Online registration is available until 10 p.m. on Thursday, September 10. Once it closes, participants can register on site at the Detroit Zoo in the Run Wild Registration Tent near Main Admissions on the following times dates and times:

  • Friday, September 11, from 4 to 7 p.m.
  • Saturday, September 12, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.
  • Sunday, September 13, from 6 to 8:45 a.m.


Early Registration by July 31
5K Race: $35
10K Race: $40
Too Wild! 5K + 10K: $60
Fun Walk: $30

Registration August 1 – September 10
5K Race: $40
10K Race: $45
Too Wild! 5K+10K: $70
Fun Walk: $35

On Site Registration – Friday, September 11 and Saturday, September 12
5K Race – $45
10K Race – $50
Too Wild 5K + 10K – $80
Fun Walk – $40

Race Day Registration – Sunday, September 13
5K Race – $50
10K Race – $55
Too Wild! 5K + 10K – $90
Fun Walk – $45

Spectator Wristbands
Adults – $15.00
Children (ages 2-18) – $10.00

Q – Do I have to check in the day of the race?  

A – You do not need to check in after you receive your packet. You’re all set for the race.

Q – Where do I park on race day?  

A – Parking is available for Run Wild participants in the parking structure and parking lots and is included in the registration fee.

General Information

Q – Are strollers or pets permitted?

A – 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. For the safety of all participants, bicycles, skateboards, roller blades, roller skates and pets are not allowed at Run Wild for the Detroit Zoo. Please see our Service Animal Admittance Policy here.

Q – Can I walk the 5K or 10K?

A – Walking the 5K is permitted. Participants should start at the back of the 5K race and allow those running to go ahead of them. Walking the 10K race is not permitted.

Q – What timing system is used? 

A – Newton Timing will be the official timers of Run Wild for the Detroit Zoo using the ChronoTrack Timing System. 5K and 10K participants will have electronic timing tags attached to their race bibs. 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.).

Q – Do you give out finisher medals?

A – Yes! All race participants (including Fun Walk) will receive a Run Wild for the Detroit Zoo finisher medal upon completion of their race. This unique collectible medal highlights a different animal each year! This year we are celebrating frogs! Frogs and other amphibians play a critical role in our environment. Unfortunately, amphibians are the most threatened group of animals in the world with 40 percent of all species at risk. The Detroit Zoological Society is taking action to address this extinction crisis by conducting field conservation projects, providing education opportunities and participating in species survival programs. To learn more, and to experience the spectacular diversity of frogs, toads, salamanders, newts and caecilians, visit the National Amphibian Conservation Center after the post-race party.

Q – What other awards are given out?

A- Medals are awarded to the top three male and female finishers in each age category for the 5K and 10K runs. 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 and 10K runs.

No age category awards will be given for the Too Wild! combo. Participants of the Too Wild! combo will receive a special Too Wild! medal upon completion of the combo.

Winners must pick up their awards by 11:30 a.m. on the day of the event at the medals tent, located at the Post-Race Party in the Main Picnic Grove. Medals will not be mailed.

Q – Will you be selling extra shirts?

A – Yes, there will be additional shirts for sale on the morning of the race. Selection will be based on availability.

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.