Run Wild at the Fort Worth Zoo’s 20th Annual Zoo Run
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Run Wild at the Fort Worth Zoo’s 20th Annual Zoo Run

FORT WORTH, Texas – Take a run – or walk – on the wild side at the 20th annual Zoo Run, presented by Ideal Partners, on Saturday, April 1!  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 neighborhoods. So you can’t run as fast as a cheetah, but that doesn’t mean you can’t dress the part! Runners are invited to dress up like their favorite Zoo animal. Adults must keep their faces visible and all runners must wear their bibs on the outside of their costumes.

All pre-registered runners will receive a 2017 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 and a live animal presentation. Participants may register the morning of the race, but T-shirts and timing devices (optional; $3) are only guaranteed for pre-registered runners. School groups and teams must register online by March 17.

Entry Fees & Registration

Individual: Early (by March 17) $25; Late (after March 17) $30; Race Day $35

School groups (K-12): $18 per person, 10-person minimum by March 17

Teams: $20 per person, five-person minimum by March 17

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

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. University Park Village and the WestBend parking garage will also have limited parking available. Zoo encourages all participants to “go green” and carpool to the Zoo, if possible. Please allow as much as an hour for parking.