The Kansas City Zoo Run highlights a different featured species each year. 2016 is the Run for the Gorillas! We offer a 4-Mile timed event starting at 8:30 am. Our Family Fun Run starts at 9:45 am. Both events are open to runners and walkers.
All participants receive this year’s featured species t-shirt and finisher’s medal and free race-day entry into the zoo.
Sign up early, as the events will close when full. Register for the run at www.kansascityzoorun.org
Packet Pickup- New Location:
Fleet Feet Sports KC
Prairie Village Shopping Center, 6911 Tomahawk Rd, Prairie Village, KS 66208
Friday, September 23 from 11 am to 7 pm
Kansas City Zoo main entrance
Saturday, September 24 from 7am to 8 am
4 MILE INFORMATION
4-Mile Course: The 4-Mile start line is located on Starlight Drive, just East of the Meyer entrance. The racecourse will head West up around the Parks and Recreation building and head down into the Zoo. Once inside the Zoo, the course will turn RIGHT to go into Africa. Returning out of Africa, the course will proceed onto the shortcut from Africa through the KidZone area into Australia. It will head back by the Polar Bear Passage, turn right by the Sea Lions, and then turn right down past the Flamingos, and another right down the Tram road to the finish line.
Wave schedule: As the race grows to avoid congestion along the course, we have moved to 4 waves:
The race will start at 8:30 am for all participants.
There are 4 waves:
BLUE – All runners 30 minutes or faster (sub 7:30 pace). Must include proof with entry. Blue Wave entrants will be verified.
GREEN – All runners consistently 30.1 – 36 minutes (7:31 – 9:00 pace) .
YELLOW – All runners 36.1+ minutes (9:01+ pace).
ORANGE – Walkers and Strollers
Specific signage will divide each wave.
If you choose to run with others, please line up according to the slower time.
The entry form will ask you in which wave you would like to participate.
1 MILE INFORMATION
1-Mile Course: Strollers are allowed for walkers and non-competitive wheel chairs. No running or jogging with strollers allowed. The Mile course will start across from the Elephant Overlook going straight down toward the Cheetah exhibit in Africa. It will then turn back and go through the African market, back up the hill, stay left to go up by the Elephant Overlook, then straight to the finish line.
STROLLERS – 4 MILE AND 1 MILE:
If your child remains in the stroller for the entire course, there is no need to sign that child up as a participant. If your child walks any part of the course, you need to register the child as an additional participant. Keep in mind, if your child is not registered, they will not receive a t-shirt or medal.
DUE TO THE NARROW PATHS WITHIN THE ZOO, WE CANNOT ALLOW RUNNING OR JOGGING WITH STROLLERS ON THE COURSE. WE DO ALLOW STROLLERS FOR WALKERS IN BOTH THE 4 MILE AND THE 1 MILE EVENT. IF YOU ARE SIGNING UP FOR THE 4 MILE EVENT, PLEASE SIGN UP FOR THE ORANGE WAVE.
RUNNING THE 1 MILE WITH YOUR FAMILY AFTER YOU HAVE COMPLETED THE 4 MILE:
If you sign up for the 4 mile event, you can also participate in the 1 mile event at 9:45 am, with other 1 mile participants, as long as you are still wearing your 4 Mile bib, for no extra charge.
*4 mile medals will be given only to 4 mile participants and 1 mile medals will be given to only 1 Mile participants. NOTE: Medals will only be given to participants wearing the appropriate bib.