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September 9

Royal Oak, MI


Run Wild for the Detroit Zoo 2018 Overview

Join thousands of runners and walkers as they lace up their running shoes for the annual Run Wild for the Detroit Zoo, sponsored by Ford Motor Company, on Sunday, September 9, 2018.  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. New this year – runners will cross the finish line INSIDE 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 and Belle Isle Nature Center.

All participants receive a commemorative T-shirt, a Detroit Zoological Society water bottle and a collectible finisher medal upon completion of the race.

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

Date:  September 9 , 2018

Start Time:  8:00 AM

Location:  Detroit Zoo

Address:  8450 W 10 Mile Rd, Royal Oak, MI 48067

Course Description:

The 5K and 10K run courses are flat (wheelchair accessible) and circle through neighborhoods outside of the Detroit Zoo. The fun walk (1.5 mile course, noncompetitive/untimed) takes place along the paths inside the Detroit Zoo.

  • 5K and 10K Run and Too Wild! Combo Run: Flat course (wheelchair accessible) winds through the scenic streets of Huntington Woods
  • 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.

Packet Pickup and Late 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 7, from 4 p.m. to 7 p.m.
  • Saturday, September 8, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.
  • Sunday, September 9, from 6 a.m. to 8:45 a.m.

NOTE: Registration is available on the day of the race, Sunday, September 9, from 6 a.m. to 8:45 a.m.  Registration for each race will close a half hour prior to its designated race start time.  Start timing mats will be turned off 10 minutes after the official start of each race. Participants starting after the equipment is turned off will be assigned gun time (time of the official race start).

Registration Information

Entry fees include a commemorative Run Wild for the Detroit Zoo T-shirt*, collectible finisher medal, a Detroit Zoological Society water bottle and entry into the Zoo immediately following the race (all participants must present race bib and enter the Zoo by 11:30 a.m. to receive complimentary admission), plus food and beverages, entertainment and children’s activities at the Post-Race Party.  (*T-shirt availability is not guaranteed for registration after August 27.)

Registration is required for participants ages 2 and older!

Spectators: NEW! This year’s 5K/10K finish line is INSIDE the Zoo. We are changing the route and finish line location so we can use the two parking lots at the front of the Zoo and ease traffic congestion. Those wishing to see their family or friends finish the race must pay for entry into the Zoo. Special Run Wild for the Detroit Zoospectator admission covers access to the finish line, the 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 $10 for adults and $5 for children (ages 2-12). Spectators with wristbands must enter the Zoo by 9:30 a.m. Please note, Members cannot use their Membership to get into the Zoo until it opens to the general public at 10 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 6.  Once it closes, participants can register on site at the Detroit Zoo at the Run Wild Registration Tent near Main Admissions during packet pickup. (For hours, see “Packet Pickup and Late Registration” above.)

All registrations are final. No refunds.

Finish Line

Due to the proximity of animal habitats near the finish line, we ask that spectators do not bring in any noise makers (e.g., cow bells, whistles, air horns, etc.). Thank you in advance for your cooperation.

Start Times

  • 5K Run – 8 a.m. – 10 Mile Road entrance of the Detroit Zoo (USATF Sanctioned)
  • Fun Walk – 8:45 a.m. – Inside the Detroit Zoo (non-competitive, untimed)
  • 10K Run – 9:15 a.m. – 10 Mile Road entrance of the Detroit Zoo (USATF Sanctioned)

Timing and Results

Newton Timing will be the official timers of Run Wild for the Detroit Zoo using the ChronoTrack Timing System. 5K and 10K participants will have electronic timing tags attached to their 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.).

Timing and results are sponsored by Genisys Credit Union

Post Race Party and Awards

All participants (including Fun Walk) will receive a finisher medal upon completion of their race. This unique collectible medal highlights a different animal each year!

Additional Age Group Medals are awarded to the top two male and female finishers in each age category for the 5K and 10K runs. Age categories are: 9 and under, 10-14, 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.

No age category awards will be given for the Too Wild! combo. Participants of the Too Wild! combo will receive a special Too Wild! medal upon completion of the combo.

Winners must pick-up their awards by 11:30 a.m. day of event at the medals tent located at the Post-Race Party in the Main Picnic Grove. 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 critical funds for the Ruth Roby Glancy Animal Health Complex and veterinary care for the animals at the Detroit Zoo and Belle Isle Nature Center.

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.

 

Refund and Transfer Policy

All registrations are final. No refunds.

 

Distances:

  • Fun Walk (Within The Zoo)
  • 5K Run/Walk
  • 10K Run
  • Too Wild! - 5K + 10K

Prices:

 Early Registration (by July 31)

  • Fun Walk - $25
  • 5K Race - $30
  • 10K Race - $35
  • Too Wild! 5K + 10K - $55

Registration (by August 1 - September 6)

  • Fun Walk - $30
  • 5K Race - $35
  • 10K Race - $40
  • Too Wild! 5K + 10K - $65

On Site Registration (Friday, Sept. 7 and Saturday, Sept. 8 during packet pick-up)

  • Fun Walk - $35
  • 5K Race - $40
  • 10K Race - $45
  • Too Wild! 5K + 10K - $75 

Day of/Late Registration (Sunday, Sept. 9 – Race Day)

  • Fun Walk - $40
  • 5K Race - $45
  • 10K Race - $50
  • Too Wild! 5K + 10K - $85

Spectator Fee (Finish Line)

  • Adults – $10
  • Children (ages 2-12) – $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 9:30 a.m.

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


2018 Race Course Map