Zoo Run
tigers at the Fort Worth Zoo

Zoo Run

Join us for the 23rd annual Zoo Run!

Run, walk or jog your way through the Zoo and surrounding neighborhoods on April 4, 2020, in support of the Zoo's local and international conservation and education efforts.

Zoo Run is held light rain or shine. But safety is of upmost importance. We will watch for severe weather that could delay or cancel the event. The most current information will be available on our social media channels (Twitter and Facebook). Zoo Run registrants will receive an email in the event of a race delay or cancellation.

Entry Fees & Registration
  • Early (January 7 - March 20) - $28
  • Late (March 22 - April 3) - $33
  • Race Day (April 4) - $38
 School Groups (K-12)    $20 per person, 10-person min. by March 20
 Teams  $23 per person, five-person min. by March 20
 Timing device  $3
 Sleep-In Option  $28 Includes T-shirt, digital runner bag and Zoo admission ticket
 Zoo members receive a $2 discount
USA Track and Field Certified Course Logo Zoo Run is a USATF-certified course.
New Sleep-In Option

Consider yourself more of a night owl than an early bird? Do you only run when something is chasing you? Then the all-new Sleep-In Option is the perfect way for you to participate in Zoo Run without leaving the comfort of your bed while also supporting the care and feeding of the Zoo's animals. Sleep-In participants will receive access to the virtual runner bag, a Zoo admisssion ticket and Zoo Run T-shirt.

School Groups (K-12) Registration
  • Minimum of 10 people per school group.
  • School group registration must be submitted online by Friday, March 20.
  • Runners registering after March 20 must register as individuals.
  • The Fort Worth Zoo pre-assembles all school groups' bibs and T-shirts. The team captain (or someone designated by the captain) must pick up the entire group's T-shirts and bibs together.
  • For questions about registering a school group, please call 817-759-7332 or email racedirector@fortworthzoo.org.
Team Registration
  • Minimum of five people per team.
  • Teams must register by Friday, March 20.
  • Runners registering after March 20 must register as individuals.
  • The team capain (or someone designated by the team captain) must pick up the entire group's T-shirts and bibs together.
  • For questions about registering a team, please call 817-759-7332 or email racedirector@fortworthzoo.org.

In an effort to "go green," the Zoo will be distributing a digital runner bag in the days leading up to race weekend. Be sure to keep an eye on your inbox!



Zoo Run Race Day Itinerary
 Saturday, April 4, 2020
 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 
 9 a.m.  Fort Worth Zoo Animal Outreach presentation
 9:15 a.m.  5K awards ceremony




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.

Thank you to the 2020 Zoo Run sponsors!

Presenting Sponsor

Ideal Partners logo



Central Market logo

Tyler's logo

Dr. Pepper Logo


Kuperman Smile Logo

In-Kind Sponsors

Gogo Squeeze's logo

Pressed Juicery's logo


Animal Hope's logo

Alzheimer Association's logo

Dont forget to Feed Me's logo

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 817-759-7332.