Zoo Run

Zoo Run

Join us for the 22nd annual Zoo Run!

Run, walk or jog your way through the Zoo and surrounding neighborhoods on April 6, 2019, in support of the Zoo's local and international conservation and education efforts.

Entry Fees & Registration
  • Early (January 6 - March 21) - $28
  • Late (March 22 - April 5) - $33
  • Race Day - $38
 School Groups (K-12)    $20 per person, ten-person min. by March 21 
 Teams  $23 per person, five-person min. by March 21 
 Timing device  $3
 Zoo members receive a $2 discount
Zoo Run is a USATF-certified course.

School Groups (K-12) Registration
  • Minimum of 10 people per school group.
  • School group registration must be submitted online by Thursday, March 21SCHOOL GROUP REGISTRATION IS CLOSED
  • Runners registering after March 21 must register as individuals.
  • The Fort Worth Zoo pre-assembles all school groups' bibs, T-shirts and runner packets. The team captain (or someone designated by him/her) may pick up the entire group together or students may pick up their own.
  • For questions about registering a school group, please call 817-759-7372 or email racedirector@fortworthzoo.org.
Team Registration
  • Minimum of five people per team.
    • Teams must register by Thursday, March 21TEAM REGISTRATION IS CLOSED
  • Runners registering after March 21 must register as individuals.
  • Individuals can pick up their runner bag as an individual or allow their team captain to pick up for the group.
  • For questions about registering a team, please call 817-759-772 or email racedirector@fortworthzoo.org.

Zoo Run Race Day Itinerary
 Saturday, April 6, 2019
 Time  Event
 6:30 to 7:30 a.m.   Registration and packet pickup
 7:30 a.m.  1K Fun Run (starts and finishes at 5K line)
 7:35 a.m.  Aerobic warm-up with Abundio's Fit Society
 8 a.m.  5K (Timed or Untimed) *course closes after 1 hour and 15 minutes 
 Yoga cool-down for 1K finishers with Poser Kids Yoga
 9 a.m.  Fort Worth Zoo Animal Outreach presentation
 9:15 a.m.  5K awards ceremony

Click here for Zoo Run schedule and map.

Packet Pickup

April 1 to 5, 2019
10 a.m. to 6 p.m.

Tyler's Fort Worth
1621 River Run #101
Fort Worth, TX 76107

You are strongly encouraged to pick up your runner packet before Race Day. T-shirt sizes are not guaranteed on Race Day. 

Additional Zoo Run T-shirts and a Zoo Run official hoodie (new this year!) can be purchased at the time of registration, packet pickup or on Race Day (limited sizes available on Race Day). Subject to availability. Limited quantities.

Race Information & Guidelines
  • Zoo Run Fact Sheet
  • Early registration guarantees a Zoo ticket, access to the virtual runner bag, T-shirt, as well as a timing chip, if desired.
  • T-shirt sizes are not guaranteed if you register on Race Day.
  • Races include a 5K (Timed and Untimed) and a 1K Fun Run.
  • The 5K course will close after 1 hour and 15 minutes. Runners finishing after the time limit will be pulled off course for safety purposes.
  • For safety purposes, all strollers must move to the back of the start line in the Timed 5K and 5K Fun Run. Staff members will enforce this rule for the safety of all participants.
  • No pets, tents, bicycles or inline skates allowed on site or during race.
  • The Fort Worth Zoo is not responsible for lost or stolen items.
Parking Information
  • Limited parking is available in the Zoo's main parking lot via Forest Park Blvd. Colonial Parkway will be closed to all thru traffic. Please look at the parking map for additional parking options. (Coming soon)
  • Please allow as much as an hour for parking.
  • Colonial Parkway will be closed to all thru traffic.
  • Visit the North Texas Tollway Authority (NTTA) website for traffic information.

Zoo Run will be held rain or shine. In the event of heavy rain, lightning or hail, we will notify participants of cancellation on the Zoo Run webpage and on our social media channels.

  • Zoo Run will be timed by RunFar Racing Services.
  • The timing device used for Zoo Run is a B-tag and is located on the back of your runner bib. Do not remove the device from the bib. Attach the bib to your front outermost layer of clothing the day of the race.
  • Timing devices are $3 and are optional.
  • Runners that do not begin the race within 15 minutes of the start time may not be timed properly.

Frequently Asked Questions

Click here for a list of Zoo Run FAQs.

Awards and Costumes

PLEASE NOTE: Competitive awards will only by given to timed participants in the 5K. The 5K course will close after 1 hour and 15 minutes. Runners finishing the race after the time limit will be pulled off of the course for timing and safety purposes.

5K Awards
  • Masters and Overall for male and female
  • Top three male and female finishers in the following age categories: 0 to 6, 7 to 8, 9 to 11, 12 to 13, 14 to 16, 17 to 19, 20 to 24, 25 to 29, 30 to 34, 35 to 39, 40 to 44, 45 to 49, 50 to 54, 55 to 59, 60 to 64, 65 to 69, 70 to 74, 75 to 79, 80+
  • The largest school group and largest team will receive an award.

Zoo Run participants are encouraged to dress up like their favorite Zoo animal!

A few rules:
  • Remember, this is a family event. Keep it G-rated.
  • Adults – your face must be visible at all times – this is for your own safety during the race and for the safety of all guests.
  • You must wear your race bib on the front of your costume so it is visible.

Zoo Run Volunteers

Whether you have volunteered with us in the past or this is your first time, anyone is welcome to gain hours and experience at the Fort Worth Zoo! Here are some things to note for your day:

  • Arrival time: 6 a.m.
  • Departure time: 10:30 a.m.
  • Volunteer registration fee: $5
  • Volunteer group registration fee: $20
  • You must be 18 years or older in order to volunteer.


Please email volunteer@fortworthzoo.org if you have any questions about volunteering for Zoo Run!
All volunteers receive a volunteer T-shirt and Zoo pass. Space is limited, so register soon. After registering, you will receive more information to help you plan for the morning.


Thank you to the 2019 Zoo Run sponsors!

Presenting Sponsor



Mile Marker Sponsors

Elan Crockett Row

Orangetheory Fitness

Water Station Sponsors


Elan River District

Snappy Salads

Community Partners

By sponsoring an event at the Fort Worth Zoo, your company will benefit from corporate exposure through advertising and collateral, including event signage, Zoo publications and our website.

For more sponsorship information, please click here or call 817-759-7384.