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Race Day Information

COVID-19 note: As part of our commitment to the continued well-being of our guests, team members and the animals in our care, and in ongoing efforts to assist our community in preventing the spread of COVID-19, the following protocols and procedures will be implemented for a safe and fun race.

  • All race participants will be permitted to run the course without masks, but masks are required after the finish line!
  • To allow for social distancing on the course, the 5K will start in waves of 50 people every 2 minutes.
  • Should the in-person 5K be canceled, all 5K registrations will transition to a virtual run, and registrants will be mailed their race packet.
  • Learn more about what to expect at Zoo Atlanta.


Packet Pick Up

  • Pre-race Packet pick up: Thursday, April 22 from 12 p.m. to 6 p.m. at Zoo Atlanta
  • Race Day Packet pick up: Onsite 6 a.m. to 6:30 a.m. 

Costume Contest

Show us your wild side, dress up in your finest stripes, spots or feathers! Costume contest begins after the awards ceremony at the Ford Pavilion. Winner will receive a special prize!

After Party and Awards

After the race, join us for the After Party at the Ford Pavilion inside Zoo Atlanta! Enjoy music, the awards ceremony, costume contest and a vendor market. For capacity reasons, only race participants are permitted to enter the After Party.


The top overall male and female finishers in the following categories will receive a pair of tickets to an upcoming Zoo Atlanta 21+ event:

21-29  |  30-39 |  40-49 |  50-59 |  60-69 |  70 and over

The top overall male and female finishers in the following categories will receive a pair of Treetop Trail tickets:

12-15 |  16-20

Awards will be given at the awards ceremony at 10 a.m. inside the Ford Pavilion inside Zoo Atlanta.

Race Results:

Final results will be available online to all participants after race completion.

View Results

Course Map

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General Questions:

Q:  I’d like to participate in the 5k, and then also with my kids in the Little Stampede run afterward. Where can my children wait?
A: The Little Stampede walk/run will begin at 8 a.m. You will need to plan for an adult to wait with your children, outside Zoo gates.

Q: Are you offering a Virtual Run?
A: Yes! See registration details for more information on the Virtual Race!

Q: What time should I arrive on race day?
A: We encourage all participants and spectators to arrive prior to 6:15 a.m. to ensure parking availability and allow for adequate time, warm up, and get in the start corrals.

Q: Where can we park for the race?
A: Metered parking is available at parking lots located on Cherokee Avenue and in the Grant Park Gateway on Boulevard. Sorry, but event registration does not include parking validation.

Q: What will the weather be like in Atlanta during April?
A: In April in Atlanta, the average high-temperature is 72.5°F, and the average low-temperature is 51.4°F.

Q: Is there a bag check?
A: No, there will be no bag check.

Q: Will there be food?
A: Yes, light fare will be provided at the post race party (while supplies last). We will only allow race participants access to the post-race party.

Q: Are spectators allowed?
A: Considering the race course, spectators will not be allowed inside the Zoo. Spectators can cheer on runners at the start line, outside the Zoo.

Q: Is there a rain date?
A: No, the Run Like Wild event will take place rain or shine! Should severe weather cause a cancellation, runners are encouraged to complete their race virtually.

Q: Can I get a refund if I can no longer attend?
A: Unfortunately, refunds are not available.

Race Questions

Q: Are there porta-potties on the course?
A: Restrooms will be available at the starting line, at various locations along the course, and at our post-race party.

Q: Are baby joggers, strollers, or pets allowed on the course?
A: Unfortunately, we will not permit baby joggers and strollers during the main 5k. Pets are not permitted on Zoo Atlanta grounds.

Q: Are headphones allowed during the race?
A: For safety concerns, we strongly encourage participants to abstain from using headphones during this race.

Q: How will I be timed?
A: Professional chip and gun times will be provided by Orion Racing.

Q: Is there a course map?
A: Yes, we will have a map of the race course uploaded soon.

Q: How will I receive my medal if I place and am unable to stay for the awards ceremony?
A: If you place but are unable to stay for the awards ceremony, we will mail your medal to you. 

Zoo Questions

 Q: Can I stop to take photos of animals?
A: Of course! You are welcome to stop to view animals along the way. To keep the race moving, we ask to you limit your time in front of habitats to one minute.  

Q: Can I visit the Zoo after the race?
A: Yes! You will be permitted to roam the Zoo only after all runners have completed the course.