ROYAL OAK, Mich., August 17, 2012 – Thousands of runners and walkers will lace up their running shoes and head over to the Detroit Zoo on Sunday, Sept. 16, 2012, for the annual Run Wild for the Detroit Zoo. Proceeds from the event benefit the Zoo's Ruth Roby Glancy Animal Health Complex and veterinary care.

The event includes 5K and 10K runs as well as a noncompetitive 1.5-mile Fun Walk. Runners in the 5K and 10K events will start at the Zoo's 10 Mile Road entrance and wind through the scenic streets of Huntington Woods surrounding the Zoo. Walkers will follow a course past award-winning animal habitats as they stroll through Zoo grounds.

Run Wild for the Detroit Zoo begins with the 5K run at 8 a.m., followed by the 10K run at 8:45 a.m. and the untimed Fun Walk at 9 a.m. Online registration is available at until Sept. 12, and registration will also be available at the Zoo on Sept. 14, 15 and 16.

Medals will be presented to the top two male and female finishers in each age category. All participants will receive a commemorative T-shirt as well as free admission to the Zoo on race day. Regular Zoo admission applies for non-race participants. A post-race party sponsored by Kroger will follow the Run Wild event with live music, family entertainment, complimentary food and beverages and special appearances by the Detroit Zoo's mascots, Junior Z and the Zooper Heroes.

Run Wild for the Detroit Zoo has been recognized as a quality physical-activity event by the Governor's Council on Physical Fitness. The Governor's Council endorses local, regional and state events to acknowledge an organization's ability to plan and carry out a quality event that significantly contributes to the health and well-being of Michigan residents.

Run Wild for the Detroit Zoo is supported by Ford Motor Company, Kroger, WJR 760 AM, 93.1 Doug FM, 96.3 WDVD and the Southeastern Michigan Veterinary Medical Association (SEMVMA).

The Zoo is looking for 200 volunteers to assist during the event. For information on volunteer opportunities, contact Linda Denomme at (248) 541-5717 x.3806 or [email protected]