Run Wild for the Zoo 5K


Sunday, April 29


Check-in: 6:30 a.m.
First wave: 7:30 a.m. 
Second wave: 8:05 a.m.


Purchase tickets now!

Sponsored by
UPMC Health Plan

Lace up your running shoes and hit the pavement - while helping to save wildlife along the way!

Join hundreds of runners and walkers as they lace up their running shoes for our Run Wild for the Zoo 5K, sponsored by UPMC Health Plan, at Philadelphia Zoo! Purchase tickets now and run or walk through our beautiful and unique campus, enjoy fun activities and entertainment, or stop by your favorite exhibit – all while raising money for some of your favorite furry friends. Run Wild for the Zoo proceeds support the more than 1300 different animals that live at the Zoo by providing funds for nutrition, habitat enhancements, medical care, enrichment activities, and more.

Zoo Wild

The Zoo will open at its regular time of 9:30 a.m. for non-event guests. All animal areas will open at regular business hours at 9:30 a.m.

Enjoy crafts and activities for children, iced coffee and beer for the adults, music, entertainment, photo ops and surprise giveaways!

Register before April 14 to guarantee receipt of your official Run Wild for the Zoo t-shirt.



What are my transportation/parking options for getting to and from the event?

Philadelphia Zoo is located at the corner of 34th Street and Girard Avenue in Philadelphia's historic Fairmount Park, the world's largest landscaped city park. Zoo parking will be available at the standard rate of $16/vehicle or free with valid zoo membership (one vehicle per membership). 

What can I bring into the event?

Standard Zoo restrictions apply: no skateboards, bicycles, pets, balloons, or smoking allowed. 

Strollers are welcome. If running with a stroller, please line up towards the rear at the starting line.

Winners must pick up awards day-of-event, medals will not be mailed.

What's the refund policy?

All events occur rain or shine. Registration fees are non-refundable.

Do I have to bring my printed ticket to the event?

Yes, please.

Can I update my registration information?

Yes, please log-in through the registration portal to update your registration information.

What's the fee for children?

Children under 2 are free. All participants ages 2 and up will require event registration.

Who is eligible to receive medals?

Top male and female finishers in the following age categories will be awarded a custom Run Wild for the Zoo medal; 9 & under, 10-14, 15-19, 20-24, 25-29, 30-34, 35-39, 40-44, 45-49, 50-54, 55-59, 60-64, 65-69, 70 & up.