Run Wild at the NC Zoo

Workout to the sounds of the early morning roar of African lions or howling of red wolves


Image courtesy of the North Carolina Zoo

This weekend, the annual Run Wild 5K will have runners and walkers making their way through the scenic NC Zoo. What better motivation to get out and put a few miles on your sneakers than lions, tigers and polar bears? Participants may even hear the early morning roar of African lions or howling of red wolves along the way.

This wild race, now in its sixth year, takes place along the connector road between North America and Africa and the visitor trails of the NC Zoo. Participants will run or walk on both paved and gravel pathways, which feature rolling hills that mimic the foothills of North Carolina. The course begins and ends at the Solar Point picnic area, where refreshments will be provided for participants.  

Fit Family Challenge Booth at Run Wild 5KWhile you're out racing amongst the monkeys and meerkats, stop by the Piedmont Parent vendor booth. We'll be giving out free goodies and registering folks for the Fit Family Challenge. Those who register at the event — as well as those who are already registered and stop by to say hello — will receive a code for 100 bonus points. The more points you earn, the more chances you have to win great weekly prizes. 

Getting back to the Run Wild event, awards will be given to the overall top three male and female finishers as well as the top three male and female finishers in each of the following age categories: 12 and under; 13-18; 19-29; 30-39; 40-49; 50-59; and 60 and older. Festivities at the Solar Point Picnic area include games for kids during the race and a Free Kid’s Fun Run after the race. Every child will receive a prize. Registration fees, which range from $20-$30, for this race includes the timing chip, a free pass to the zoo and a race t-shirt. 

The race, hosted by the NC  Zoo, is put on by the North Carolina Chapter of the American Association of Zookeepers. Monies raised assist with providing funds for zoo keeper training and professional development, as well as local and global conservation for programs like Bowling for Rhinos, The Kendall Project, Polar Bears International and UNITE. 

Here's the itinerary for the event:

  • 6:30 a.m. – Registration and packet pick-up begins
  • 7:30 a.m. – Race begins
  • 8:45 a.m. – FREE Kids’ Fun Run at Solar Point
  • 8:55 a.m. – Awards ceremony

See you at the zoo!

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