RACE INFORMATION

P A C K E T   P I C K U P  &  R E G I S T R A T I O N

Dress for rain or shine! NO REFUNDS due to weather.

In the event of lightning or dangerous weather, we may delay the event as long as possible, pending the Zoo restrictions on timing. If excessive rain causes the course to be impassable, the course may be modified and possible a shorter distance. Details will be provided at the start line. 

 

DOWNLOAD THE OFFICIAL RACE DAY INSTRUCTIONS HERE


 FRIDAY PACKET PICKUP & REGISTRATION 

Friday, September 20
11am – 7pm

Garry Gribbles Running Sports 11908 W 119th St, Overland Park, KS 66213

 

 SATURDAY PACKET PICKUP & REGISTRATION 

Saturday, September 21
7am - 8am  |  4 mile
7am - 9:20am  |  1 mile
Kansas City Zoo main entrance 6800 Zoo Dr, Kansas City, MO 64132

 

 

R A C E   D A Y   S C H E D U L E

7:00-8:00 a.m.
Race Day Packet Pickup
Located at the main Zoo entrance. (Packet pickup is open until 9:20am for the 1 mile).

RACE START TIMES

8:30 a.m.
4-Mile Event
Starlight Road, just East of the Meyer entrance in Swope Park

Please line up according to your wave:

  • 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 - 42 minutes (9:01 - 10:30 pace)
  • PURPLE - All runners 42.1+ minutes (10:31+ pace)
  • ORANGE - Walkers and Strollers*
    • *Please note: Strollers MUST line up in the Orange wave. NO runners will be allowed to run with strollers. This will be strictly enforced on the course and anyone who appears to be running with a stroller will be asked to move to the side of the course until all runners have passed. The course can be narrow and crowded in places and this ensures the safety of all participants.

9:45 a.m.
1-Mile Run/Walk
1-Mile Start located inside the Zoo near the Elephant Overlook and finishes at the 4-Mile finish line

10:00 a.m. (approx.)
Endangered Species talk from our animal experts
Awards Ceremony
Artwork Contest Winner
announced in Expo Area

 

R A C E D A Y   D I R E C T I O N S   &  P A R K I N G

PLEASE ARRIVE EARLY AND CARPOOL!
Parking is limited. 
THE MEYER ENTRANCE WILL CLOSE AT 8:15am.
Enter from 63rd Street if arriving after 8:15am.
THE GREGORY ENTRANCE WILL CLOSE AT 7:45am.
Enter from 63rd Street if arriving after 7:45am.

Directions: The Kansas City Zoo is located in Swope Park at 6800 Zoo Drive, Kansas City, Missouri.

Just off I-435 and US-71 Highway, the Zoo is easily accessible from any part of the metropolitan area.

 

 

Parking: From I-435, we recommend entering from 63rd Street into Swope Park. From 71 Hwy, take Meyer Blvd exit directly into Swope Park.

THE MEYER ENTRANCE WILL CLOSE AT 8:15am.
Enter from 63rd Street if arriving after 8:15am. 
THE GREGORY ENTRANCE WILL CLOSE AT 7:45am.
Enter from 63rd Street if arriving after 7:45am.

Parking is available in the Zebra and Cheetah lots. Zoo personnel and volunteers will be on hand to direct participants and spectators to the correct location. The Mane lot is the Post Race Food/Refreshments/Awards/Expo area and closed to parking. PLEASE ARRIVE EARLY. Allow plenty of time for parking and walking to the start line, which could be some distance from your car.

 

S P E C T A T O R S

FOR THE RUNNERS' AND EVERYONE'S SAFETY, 
SPECTATORS ARE ONLY ALLOWED AT THE FINISH LINE AREA.
PLEASE STAY OFF THE RACE COURSE. 

We want to encourage your friends and family to come cheer you on and enjoy the Zoo. We offer a discounted admission price for those attending with a participant.

Zoo admission prices are discounted for guests of runners: $6 per person; $3 per person for all Clay and Jackson County residents and children 3-10; children under 2 are free. Spectator pricing is only available until 10am. All spectators must enter through the main Zoo entrance. No spectators will be allowed to enter through any other gates. The Beastro Concessions opens at 8:00am at the Main Gate.

Please refer to “Directions/Parking" above for parking instructions.

 

A W A R D S

Awards Ceremony: The awards ceremony will start approx. at 10:00 a.m. at the post-race refreshment area. Age group awards will be posted as soon as they are calculated and verified at the post-race expo area.

  • Age group awards will not be called at the awards ceremony this year. All awards may be picked up at the awards table. This will allow more time to enjoy the expo vendors and live music.

Endangered SpeciesTalk: Our experts will provide a talk about why the animal is endangered, so we can all learn more about this endangered species.

Fun random prizes will be awarded at the post-race area.

Overall Awards: 1st place Male and Female Overall, 2nd place Male and Female Overall, 3rd place Male and Female Overall, 1st place Male and Female Masters 

Age Group Awards - 1st, 2nd and 3rd place awarded in each age group: <10, 11-14, 15-19, 20-24, 25-29, 30-34, 35-39, 40-44, 45-49, 50-54, 55-59, 60-64, 65-69, 70-74, 75-79, 80+

Age group awards can be picked up at Garry Gribble's Running Sports until October 15 at 11908 W. 119th Street, Overland Park, KS 66213.

R E S U L T S

Timing Results will be available Saturday, September 21, by 1pm or before.

2019 results link with synced finish photos:
https://results.chronotrack.com/event/results/event/event-44210
Awards not picked up at the race will be available to pick up at Garry Gribble’s Running Sports, Overland Park location until 10/15/19. Team awards will be delivered.

PAST RESULTS

2018 Run for the Kangaroos  |  2017 Run for the Elephants – individuals  |  2017 Run for the Elephants – teams  |  2016 Run for the Gorilla  |  2015 Run for the Orangutans  |  2014 Run for the King Penguins  |  2013 Run for the Penguins  |  2012 Run for the Sumatran Tiger  |  2011 Run for the Black Footed Cat  |  2010 Run for the Polar Bear  |  2009 Run for the Chimps  |  2008 Run for the Frogs  |  2007 Run for the Orangutans

PHOTOS

 2019 photos here: https://seekcrun.zenfolio.com/f540397320?customize=3