Zoo Run

Zoo Run

Zoo Run returns in 2022!

Join us for the 23rd annual family friendly 5k and 1k fun run! Run, walk or jog your way through the Zoo and surrounding neighborhoods in support of the Zoo's local and international conservation and education efforts.

Entry Fees & Registration

REGISter Now!

  • Early (January 11 - March 20) - $30
  • Late (March 21 - April 1) - $35
  • Race Day (April 2) - $40
 School Groups (K-12)    $20 per person, 10-person min. by March 20
 Teams  $25 per person, five-person min. by March 20
 Timing device  $3
 Zoo members receive a $2 discount
USA Track and Field Certified Course Logo Zoo Run is a USATF-certified course.
Zoo Run 5K course map coming soon!

School Groups (K-12) Registration
  • Minimum of 10 people per school group.
  • School group registration must be submitted online by Sunday, March 20.
  • Runners registering after March 20 must register as individuals.
  • The team captain (or someone designated by him/her) must pick up the entire group's T-shirts.
  • For questions about registering a school group, please call 817-759-7384 or email racedirector@fortworthzoo.org.
Team Registration
  • Minimum of five people per team.
  • Teams must register by Sunday, March 20.
  • Runners registering after March 20 must register as individuals.
  • The team captain can pick up runner bags for the group..
  • For questions about registering a team, please call 817-759-7384 or email racedirector@fortworthzoo.org.

Zoo Run Race Day Itinerary
 Saturday, April 2, 2022
 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
 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

Race Information & Guidelines
  • 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 race. Staff members will enforce this rule.
  • 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.

*T-shirt sizes are based upon availability.

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.

Zoo Run will be held rain or shine. In the event of severe weather, 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. It must be on the outermost layer of clothing to activate. 
  • 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.

Zoo Run FAQs

Do I need to register my child?

Children ages 3 and older must register for Zoo Run. A Zoo Run T-shirt and Zoo admission ticket (valid through Dec. 31 2022) are included with each registration.

Will I get a refund for my registration if I am not able to participate?

The Fort Worth Zoo does not issue refunds for any special event. If you are unable to participate in Zoo Run, you may still pick up your T-shirt and Zoo admission ticket and will have access to the virtual runner bag. You may also transfer your registration to another person for a nominal processing fee.

What if it is raining the day of Zoo Run?

The race will be held rain or shine. In the event or threat of heavy rain, lighting, high winds or hail, which could compromise participant safety, the race could be cancelled. As a nonprofit, the Fort Worth Zoo does not issue refunds for any special event.

Can someone pick up my bib and runner packet for me?


How do I pick up my bib and T-shirt if I am on a team?

Only the team captain (or an individual they’ve designated) can pick up bibs and T-shirts for those registered as part of a team

Where should I park for Zoo Run?

Parking information is coming soon! 

May I bring a stroller for my children?

Yes, you may use a stroller at Zoo Run. For safety purposes, we kindly ask participants with strollers to line up at the back of the heat for both races.

How do I know where to line up at the start line?

Serious runners like to line up near the front of the start line as well as those using timing chips. If you’re planning to walk or have a stroller, kindly start near the back of the heat.

Where do I pick up my timing chip?

The timing device used in Zoo Run is a B-tag, and the device will be attached to your bib when you pick it up. Do not remove the timing device. Your bib must be on the front outermost layer of your clothing.

Do I have to use my Zoo ticket the day of Zoo Run?

No, the Zoo ticket you receive with your Zoo Run registration is valid through Dec. 31, 2022, except during Boo at the Zoo.

Will there be a place to store my keys/belongings while I run?

For safety purposes, the Fort Worth Zoo can’t store personal belongings of any kind. Please leave all personal items locked in your car or keep them with you while you run. The Fort Worth Zoo is not responsible for lost or stolen items.

May I register on race day?

Unless the race is sold out, yes, you may register online or onsite until 7 a.m. on race day.

May I pick up my bib, T-shirt and Zoo ticket on race day?

Yes, but you are strongly encouraged to pick up your runner packet before race day. T-shirt sizes are not guaranteed on race day.

How do I access my runner bag?

In an effort to “go green,” the Zoo will be distributing digital runner bags via email in the days leading up to race weekend. Keep an eye on the inbox of the email address you used to register, and be sure to check your spam folder.


Whether you have volunteered with us in the past or this is your first time, anyone is welcome to contribute! Here are some things to note for your day:

  • Arrival time: 6 a.m.
  • Departure time: 10:30 a.m.
  • Volunteer registration fee: $5
  • You must be 16 years or older in order to volunteer.



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

Thank you to the 2022 Zoo Run sponsors!

Presenting Sponsor

Ideal Partners 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 email specialevents@fortworthzoo.org or call 817-759-7372.