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Run Like Wild 5K

Zoo Atlanta will host its first-ever 5K race with the inaugural Run Like Wild on Saturday, April 24, 2021. The run will take place around and through the Zoo, with opportunities for runners to spot African Savanna wildlife – including African lions, African elephants, and this year’s featured species, the southern white rhino – along their path. All proceeds will support animal care, conservation, and education at Zoo Atlanta. Participants are encouraged to wear animal-inspired gear. The race begins at 7 a.m. on April 24 for ages 12 and up.

Advance registration is required and is open now on the Run Like Wild event page on zooatlanta.org. Registration closes on Tuesday, April 20, 2021; mail-in and race-day registration will not be accepted.

Registration for the 5K is $50 and includes complimentary Zoo Atlanta admission for the day; post-race food and drink; chip timing; a commemorative event T-shirt; and a finisher’s medal.

Registration for the Little Stampede Family Walk and Kids’ Run, which begins at 8 a.m. for ages 2 to 11, is $20 and includes a children’s Run Like Wild T-shirt and a child’s general admission ticket to the Zoo. The child’s Zoo admission ticket will be valid for one year.

Capacity is limited for both events. An After Party and Vendor Expo will be hosted for race participants in the Zoo’s open-air Ford Pavilion. Due to capacity, only race participants may attend the After Party.

5K participants will be permitted to run the course without masks; however, masks will be required after the finish line for all participants. Little Stampede participants will be required to wear masks while on Zoo grounds. To allow for social distancing on the course, the 5K will start in waves of 50 people every two minutes.

In addition to the 5K in the Zoo, the Run Like Wild Virtual Race, presented by PNC, is also available at $45. Registration includes an event T-shirt, a finisher’s medal, and one admission ticket to Zoo Atlanta (valid for one year). Runners may submit their times online on zooatlanta.org.

Zoo Atlanta is open daily with new protocols and procedures in place to promote wellness, including timed ticketing; hand-sanitizing stations throughout grounds; and signage and other aids to encourage social distancing. Masks are required for ages 2 and up for general admission and all in-Zoo experiences.

Learn more or register for Run Like Wild on zooatlanta.org.

MEDIA CONTACT:

Rachel Davis
Director of Communications
rdavis@zooatlanta.org
404.624.2812 – office
404.309.2238 – cell

Gavin Johnson
Public Relations and Communications Specialist
404.624.5980 – office
gjohnson@zooatlanta.org

About Zoo Atlanta
A proud accredited member of the Association of Zoos and Aquariums (AZA), the gold standard for animal care and welfare, Zoo Atlanta has a mission to save wildlife and their habitats through conservation, research, education, and engaging experiences. The Zoo is home to more than 1,000 animals representing more than 200 species from around the world, many of them endangered or critically endangered. Highlights include giant pandas, including Ya Lun and Xi Lun, the only giant panda twins in the U.S.; one of North America’s largest zoological populations of great apes; and a global center of excellence for the care and study of reptiles and amphibians. Recent transformations include the all-new African Savanna, featuring new and expanded habitats for African elephants, giraffes, zebras, ostriches, warthogs, meerkats and rhinos, and Savanna Hall, a state-of-the-art special event destination in the newly restored historic former home of the Atlanta Cyclorama. For more information, visit zooatlanta.org.

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