Where does the event take place?

Runners of the 5K start at the Zoo’s 10 Mile Road entrance, 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.

What happens at the Post Race Party?

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 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. on the day of the event at the medals tent located at the Post Race Party on the Rackham Fountain. 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.

Can we bring noise makers to the event?

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.

What timing system is used for the event?

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.).

When will we receive the race results?

5K results will be available at the finish line and Post Race Party shortly after the event. Same-day results will also be available.

What is the 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.