Registration

Cost

Early Bird Registration

February 1 – June 1

5K: $40

Fun Walk: $35

June 2 – September 8

5K: $45

Fun Walk: $40

Day Of/Late Registration (Sunday/Race Day) – September 11

5K: $50

Fun Walk: $45

Spectator Fee (Finish Line)

Adults: $15

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 9:00 a.m.

Please note: Run Wild for the Detroit Zoo is a special event and not included with a Detroit Zoological Society membership.

Packet Pickup and Onsite 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 9 from 4 p.m. to 7 p.m.
  • Saturday, September 10 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.
  • Sunday, September 11 from 6 a.m. to 7:45 p.m.

NOTE: Registration is available on the day of the race, Sunday, September 11 from 6 a.m. to 7:45 a.m. 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).

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, 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 9:00 a.m. Please note, Members cannot use their Membership to get into the Zoo until it opens to the general public at 9:00 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 8. Once it closes, participants can register on site at the Detroit Zoo at the Run Wild Registration Tent in the 10 Mile Parking Lot during packet pickup. All registrations are final. No refunds.