Go Ape for the Fort Worth Zoo’s 19th Annual Zoo Run
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Go Ape for the Fort Worth Zoo’s 19th Annual Zoo Run

FORT WORTH, Texas – Lace up your running shoes and don your best animal costume – the 19th annual Zoo Run, presented by Ideal Partners, is Saturday, April 2!  This family friendly event supports the Zoo’s extensive wildlife conservation and education efforts locally and around the world.

Zoo Run includes a timed 5K and 5K Fun Run as well as a 1K Fun Run. The races will take place on a USA Track and Field-certified course along the Zoo’s main pathway and throughout the beautiful surrounding neighborhood.

New this year is a costume contest. Runners are invited to dress up like their favorite Zoo animal and participate in the first-ever Zoo Run costume contest. There will be prizes for first, second and third place winners, as well as theme awards. Adults must keep their faces visible and all runners must wear their bibs on the outside of their costumes. Costume contest participants must have their photo taken at the designated booth to be considered for prizes. Results will be announced on the Zoo’s Facebook page.

All pre-registered runners receive a 2016 Zoo Run T-shirt, virtual race bag full of offers from area businesses and one admission pass to the Fort Worth Zoo. Runners will enjoy food, drinks and activities after the race, including an awards ceremony, costume contest and a live animal presentation. Participants may register the morning of the race, but T-shirts, virtual race bags and timing devices (optional; $3) are only guaranteed for pre-registered runners. School groups and teams must register by March 21.


Entry Fees & Registration

Individual                                   Early (by March 21) $25; Late (after March 21) $30; Race Day $35

School groups (K-12)                $18 per person, 10-person minimum by March 21

Teams                                       $20 per person, five-person minimum by March 21

Timing device (optional)            $3

Zoo members receive a $2 discount


Race Times

1K Fun Run                                7:30 a.m.

Timed 5K and 5K Fun Run         8 a.m.

For more information and to register for Zoo Run, visit the Zoo’s website at fortworthzoo.org.

PLEASE NOTE: On the day of the event, Colonial Parkway will be closed to all thru traffic. Limited parking is available in the Zoo’s main parking lot via Forest Park Boulevard, as well as the grass lot adjacent to the Zoo’s main lot and the grass lot at the corner of University Drive and Colonial Parkway.  The Zoo encourages all participants to “go green” and carpool to the Zoo, if possible. Please allow as much as an hour for parking.