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Run Wild for the Detroit Zoo

September 11

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Lace up your running shoes!

Join thousands of runners and walkers as they lace up their running shoes for the annual Run Wild for the Detroit Zoo on Sunday, September 11, 2016!  The event includes 5K and 10K runs, the Too Wild! 5K+10K combo, plus a non-competitive 1.5-mile Fun Walk. Runners in the 5K and 10K events start at the Zoo’s 10 Mile Road entrance and wind through the scenic streets of Huntington Woods surrounding the Zoo. Walkers follow a course past award-winning animal habitats as they stroll through Zoo grounds.

Run Wild for the Detroit Zoo raises critical funds for the Ruth Roby Glancy Animal Health Complex and veterinary care for the animals at the Detroit Zoo.

Event takes place rain or shine. On Race Day, please plan to arrive early. 10 Mile will close for the 5K and 10K races, so expect heavy traffic.

2015 Race Day Results

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    Registration Information

    Entry fees include a commemorative Run Wild for the Detroit Zoo T-shirt, finisher medal (new this year), entry into the Zoo immediately following the race plus complimentary food and beverages, entertainment and children’s activities at the Post-Race Party. Zoo admission is required for non-race participants. T-shirt availability is not guaranteed for late registration. *Registration is required for people ages 2 and older.

    *5K and 10K runners who wish to push a child older than 2 in a stroller during the race, please registered your child under the Fun Walk pricing.

    Online registration is available until 6 a.m. Friday, September 9. Once it closes, participants can register on site at the Detroit Zoo at the Run Wild Registration Tent near Main Admissions during packet pick-up.

    Cost

    Early Registration (by August 11)

    • Fun Walk - $22
    • 5K Race - $27
    • 10K Race - $32
    • Too Wild 5K + 10K - $52

     

    Registration (by August 12 - September 11)

    • Fun Walk - $27
    • 5K Race - $32
    • 10K Race - $37
    • Too Wild 5K + 10K - $62
    Start Times
    • 5K Run – 8 a.m. – 10 Mile Road entrance of the Detroit Zoo (USAT&F Sanctioned)
    • 10K Run – 9 a.m. – 10 Mile Road entrance of the Detroit Zoo (USAT&F Sanctioned)
    • Fun Walk – 9:15 a.m. – Inside the Detroit Zoo (non-competitive, untimed)
    Courses
    • 5K and 10K Run and Too Wild! Combo Run: Flat course (wheelchair accessible) runs around the outside of the Detroit Zoo.
    • Fun Walk (non-competitive/untimed): 1.5-mile path inside the Detroit Zoo.

     

    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 at the back of the 5K race. Only strollers designed for jogging/running will be allowed for the 10K race.

    Chronotrack Timing System

    Racers will be using the ChronoTrack Timing System 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.).

    Results

    Results will be posted at the Post-Race Awards Ceremony shortly after the event. Same-day results will be available at newtontiming.com.

    Packet Pickup and Registration

    Packets will not be mailed. Packets will be organized by race bib number this year. 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 8:45 a.m.

     

    NOTE: Registration is available on the day of the race, Sunday, September 11 from 6 a.m. to 8:45 a.m. Registration for each race will close at the race start time and all participants must start within 10 minutes of the start.

    Post-Race Party and Awards

    New this year – All participants will receive a finisher medal upon completion of their race.

    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+. In addition, awards will be given to the overall top two male and female finishers and top one overall masters male and female (age 40+) for the 5K and 10K runs.

    Awards will also be provided to the top five overall male and female finishers for the Too Wild! combined 5K and 10K events.

    Winners must pick-up their awards day of event. Medals will not be mailed.

    The Post-Race Awards Ceremony will take place immediately following the conclusion of the Run/Walk. The celebration will include entertainment, food, beverages, children's activities and the Zoo’s award-winning habitats.

    A Wild Cause

    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 plush and water bottle. 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 toward awards and should be sent as a separate payment.

    Download 'Friends of the Wild Pledge Sheet'!

    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.

    Sponsorship Opportunities

    Don't miss this chance to partner with Run Wild for the Detroit Zoo!

    Run Wild provides a unique way to connect your brand with the Detroit Zoo in a fun and memorable consumer experience while building your reputation through your support and dedication to animal health and welfare.

    Run Wild offers a variety of partnership levels. Each level is supported by an array of exciting marketing and sales promotion benefits, the value of which well exceeds the partnership fee. We can also provide multiple-year agreements so you can lock-up Run Wild for years to come and keep this valuable asset out of the hands of your competition.

    Race Contact:  

    Julie Geisinger
    Phone: (248) 336-5735
    Email:  [email protected]

  • FAQ

    What does Run Wild benefit?

    Run Wild for the Detroit Zoo raises critical funds for the Ruth Roby Glancy Animal Health Complex and veterinary care for the animals at the Detroit Zoo.

    How do I register?

    Registration is now open on our website.  Register Now

    PACKET PICK-UP

    Where do I pick up my packet?

    Packets can be picked up and guests can register at the Detroit Zoo at the Run Wild Registration Tent near Main Admissions on the following dates and times:

    • Friday, September 9 from 4 to 7 p.m.
    • Saturday, September 10 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.
    • Sunday, September 11 from 6 to 8:45 a.m.

     

    NOTE: Packets must be picked up during one of the dates and times listed above. Packets will not be mailed.

    Where do I park when I come to pick up my packet?

    Please do not park in the circle drive near Main Admissions. There is plenty of parking in the lots and parking structure.

    Can someone else pick up my packet for me?

    One person may pick up packets for other family members, friends or groups. No need for everyone to stand in line. No ID is necessary. Please note that we have gone green, so you may want to bring a bag if you are picking up more than a couple packets.

    RACE DAY

    Can I still participate in Run Wild after online registration closes?

    Yes. Online registration is available until 6 a.m. Friday, September 9. Once it closes, participants can register on site at the Detroit Zoo in the Run Wild Registration Tent near Main Admissions at the following 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 8:45 a.m.

     

    Do I have to check in the day of the race?

    You do not need to check in after you receive your packet. You’re all set for the race.

    Where do I park on race day?

    Parking is included for Run Wild participants in the parking structure or large surface lot.

    What timing system is used?

    Racers will be using the ChronoTrack Timing System 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.).

    Do you give out finisher medals?

    Yes! New this year – all race participants will receive a Run Wild for the Detroit Zoo finisher medal.

    Is there a purse (money for top finishers)?

    There is not a monetary prize purse. Medals will be awarded to the top two male and female finishers in each age category for the 5K and 10K Runs. In addition, awards will be given to the overall top two male and female finishers and top one overall masters male and female for the 5K and 10K runs. Awards will also be provided to the top five overall male and female finishers for the Too Wild! combined 5K and 10K events.

    Will you be selling extra shirts?

    Yes, there will be additional shirts for sale on the morning of the race based on availability.

    Can my family get into the Zoo for free if I’m a racer or walker?

    Only registered racers and walkers will receive free admission into the Zoo. All participants must present race bib and enter the Zoo by 11:30 a.m. to receive complimentary admission. The Zoo will open early to accommodate families of participants at the regular admission price – race participants must be present for entry.

    Are strollers or pets permitted?

    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 at the back of the 5K race. Only strollers designed for jogging/running will be allowed for the 10K race.

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