Detroit, MI

'Run Wild' to raise critical funds for the Detroit Zoo this September

Mike Kazsyck

DETROIT, MI - Sponsored by Ford Motor Company, the annual Run Wild for the Detroit Zoo will return on Sunday, September 12, 2021. The revenue from the event will support the provision of veterinary care throughout the Detroit Zoo and Belle Isle Nature Center.

The run will also specifically raise the funds necessary for the Ruth Roby Glancy Animal Health Complex.

Thousands of runners and walkers will be participating in a 5K and a non-competitive Fun Walk. Runners and walkers will have a separate track, with runners to start at the Zoo’s 10 Mile Road entrance and finish at INSIDE the Zoo!, while walkers will stroll by the Zoo grounds.

Participating runners and walkers are required to pay an entry fee of $40 for the 5K Run or $35 for the Fun Walk for registration before September 9, applicable for ages 2 and older. Any registration afterward, or on the day of the race, will charge $45 for the 5K run or $40 for the Fun Walk.

Entry fees come with a Run Wild for the Detroit Zoo T-shirt and a collectible finisher medal upon completion of the race. It also includes entry to the Zoo after the race to attend the Post Race Party, sponsored by Kroger, that will provide food and beverages, entertainment, and children’s activities.

Non-participating visitors can watch and enjoy the event by purchasing entry admission of $15 for adults and $5 for children ages 18 or below. The event will take place despite the weather and visitors are advised to arrive early as the 10 Mile Road will close for the 5K.

The 5K Run will start at 8 a.m., while the fun walk will be held from 8:45 to 10:15 a.m. Non-participating spectators are expected to enter the Zoo by 9:30 a.m. Zoo Members cannot use their membership privilege to enter the Zoo until it opens to the general public at 10 a.m.

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