Run Wild for the Detroit Zoo

By Jeffrey Buck

If you are a runner and are looking for an event this weekend you still have until tomorrow to register  for the “Run Wild for the Detroit Zoo”. The event takes place at the Detroit Zoo this Sunday, September 18th. Collin and I will be participating in the 5K event this year and are both looking forward to the festivities and tons of sweat!

Again–registration closes tomorrow so make sure to sign up today! Read on after the jump for details:


5K Run……………………………..8 a.m. ($30)

10 Mile Road entrance of the Detroit Zoo (USAT&F certified)

10K Run……………………………8:45 a.m. ($35)

10 Mile Road entrance of the Detroit Zoo (USAT&F certified)

5K/10K Combined……………. ($55)

Fun Walk……………………………9 a.m. ($25)

Detroit Zoo Main Admissions (non-competitive/untimed)


To register online, click here.  For a downloadable pdf form, click here.

Each registered race participant will receive a Run Wild for the Detroit Zoo commemorative T-shirt, admission to the Detroit Zoo for the day as well as food and beverages at the Post-Race Party. Registration is required for people ages 2 and up. Zoo admission is required for non-race participants.


Packets will not be mailed.

Packets can be picked up and guests can register at the front of the Detroit Zoo on the following dates and times:

Friday, September 16 from 4 p.m. to 7 p.m.

Saturday, September 17 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Sunday, September 18 from 6 a.m. to 8:45 a.m.

NOTE: Late Registration is available on the day of the race, Sunday, September 18th from 6 a.m. to 8:45 a.m.


Racers will be using the ChronoTrack B-Tag timing system. The B-Tag is attached to your 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 and 10K results will be posted at the Post-Race Awards Ceremony shortly after the event. Same day results will be available at


5K and 10K Run: Flat course (wheelchair accessible) runs around the outside of the Detroit Zoo. Fun Walk (noncompetitive/untimed): 1.5 mile path inside the Detroit Zoo.

Click here for the course map.

For the safety of all participants, bicycles, skateboards, roller blades, roller skates and animals are not allowed in the Run Wild for the Detroit Zoo.  Strollers are permitted for the Fun Walk and at the back of the 5K and 10K races.


Medals are awarded to the top two male and female finishers in each age category for the 5K and 10K Runs.  Age categories are: 14 and under, 15-18, 19-24, 25-29, 30-34, 35-39, 40-44, 45-49, 50-54, 55-59, 60-64, 65-69, 70+.

The Post-Race Awards Ceremony will take place immediately following the conclusion of the Run/Walk. The celebration, sponsored by Kroger, will include live entertainment, complimentary food and beverages, children’s activities, special appearances by the Detroit Zoo’s mascots Junior Z and the Zooper Heroes and, of course, the Zoo’s award-winning habitats. Note: Zoo admission is required for non-race participants.


Run Wild for the Detroit Zoo raises funds to purchase equipment for the Ruth Roby Glancy Animal Health Complex and veterinary care for the Detroit Zoo animals. Your help is needed to ensure that the Zoo animals receive the care they need to stay healthy. So whether you like to run or walk, support the Detroit Zoo and Run Wild with us!

If your friends or family want to support our cause but can’t make it to the race, or if they simply want to cheer you on as you help out a worthy organization, it’s now possible for them to sponsor you for the event.  The money will go toward taking care of the Zoo animals – the next best thing to running in the race.

Each individual who raises $150 or more will receive a Detroit Zoo hat. The three individuals raising the most funds will receive a special Run Wild for the Detroit Zoo gift pack, including four tickets for a day at the Zoo. Race entry fees will not be counted towards awards and should be sent as a separate payment.

Click here for the Pledge Sheet.

About Jeffrey S. Buck

I'm currently a Project Manager at Cypress Partners, LLC in Bloomfield Hills, Mich. I graduated from Wayne State University in 2008 with a B.A. in Journalism. Looking to broaden my view of the world, I spent a semester abroad studying at the University of Salford, a Greater Manchester University in England. I enjoy doing an array of activities, including following Detroit sports teams, SCUBA diving, traveling, reading, playing tennis, hand-written letters and going to the movies. I am the co-founder of the Woodward Spine, a blog about Detroit and its surrounding communities. The Woodward Spine aims to inform its readers about relevant news and events through creative and informative posts in these core areas: news, opinion, entertainment, history, sports and development. The Woodward Spine serves the tri-county metro Detroit area, concentrating mainly on the communities that lie along the Woodward corridor.
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