Race Day Details

  • Entry fees include a commemorative Run Wild for the Detroit ZooT-shirt, a collectible finisher medal and entry to the Zoo immediately following the race and access to Dinosauria. (T-shirt availability is not guaranteed for registration after Sept. 1.)
  • Following the race, participants can attend the Post Race Party, sponsored by Kroger. Located inside the Zoo, the Post Race Party includes food, beverages, entertainment and
  • Run Wild 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.
  • Registration is required for all participants ages 2 and older.

Start Times

  • 5K Run – 8 a.m. – 10 Mile Road entrance of the Detroit Zoo (USATF sanctioned)
  • Fun Walk – 8:45 a.m. – Inside the Detroit Zoo (non-competitive, untimed)

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 the back of the 5K race.

Bib Number

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

Packet Pickup and Onsite Registration

Packets can be picked up at the following dates and times in the Detroit Zoo’s 10 Mile Road parking lot. Packets will not be available via mail.

  • Saturday, September 7 from 10-4pm
  • Sunday, September 8 from 6-7:45 a.m.

PLEASE NOTE: Registration is available on the day of the race, from 6 to 7:45 a.m. Sunday, Sept. 8. Registration will close a half hour prior to the designated race start time. Start timing mats will be turned off 10 minutes after the official start of the race. Participants starting after the equipment is turned off will be assigned gun time (time of the official start).


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 includes access to the finish line, Post Race Party and admission to the Zoo for the day. Spectator admission can be purchased in conjunction with race registration or during packet pickup hours.

The cost is $15 for adults and $10 for children ages 2-18. Spectators with wristbands must enter the Zoo by 9 a.m. Please note, members cannot use their membership to get into the Zoo until it opens to the general public at 9 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. Spectator admission does not include a T-shirt or finisher medal.