Archive: On Your Mark … Get Set … Run Wild for the Detroit Zoo

Proceeds benefit veterinary care for the animals

August 14, 2017

ROYAL OAK, Mich., 

Thousands of runners and walkers will lace up their running shoes and head over to the Detroit Zoo on Sunday, Sept. 10, 2017, for the 21st annual Run Wild for the Detroit Zoo. Proceeds from this fundraising event benefit the Ruth Roby Glancy Animal Health Complex and veterinary care for the animals at the Zoo.

Sponsored by Ford Motor Company, the event includes a 5K run, 10K run, Too Wild! 5K + 10K combo and noncompetitive 1.5-mile fun walk. Runners in the 5K and 10K races 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 many of the 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 untimed fun walk at 8:45 a.m. and the 10K run at 9:15 a.m. Online registration is available at until 6 a.m. Sept. 8, and registration will also be available at the Zoo on Sept. 8, 9 and 10. Advance registration is encouraged as space is limited and the event may sell out.

Medals are presented to the top two male and female finishers in each age category for the 5K and 10K runs. All participants receive a commemorative T-shirt, a Detroit Zoo water bottle, a finisher medal at the completion of their race and free admission to the Zoo on race day. Regular Zoo admission applies for non-race participants.

A post-race party sponsored by Kroger follows the Run Wild event with live music, family entertainment and complimentary food and beverages.

In addition to Ford and Kroger, Run Wild for the Detroit Zoo is supported by Independent Bank, Moosejaw and Sleep Number.

The Zoo is looking for volunteers 16 years of age or older to assist as course marshals during the event. For information, contact