P A C K E T   P I C K U P

Friday, September 21 | 11am – 7pm Garry Gribbles Running Sports 11908 W 119th St, Overland Park, KS 66213

Saturday, September 22  |  7am – 9:30am 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.

8:30 a.m. 4-Mile Event – 4 waves to include all participants (See Race Info Tab for details) Starlight Road, just East of the Meyer entrance in Swope Park

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

10:30 a.m. (approx.) Endangered Species talk from our animal experts Awards Ceremony Artwork Contest Winner announced Post-Race Refreshment 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

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.

  • NOTE: Entrance from Gregory will be closed from 6am to 9:30am.

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. All parking areas are shown on the map under the Race Info tab. 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.



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.



Awards Ceremony: The awards ceremony will start approx. at 10:30 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 refreshment area.

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: <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+



Timing Results will be available Saturday, September 22, by 1pm or before.

Awards not picked up at the race will be available to pick up at Garry Gribble’s Running Sports, Overland Park location until 10/15/18. Team awards will be mailed.

Thomas Photographic  will be onsite to capture your exciting photo portraits throughout the event.  You will be able to view and purchase photos online on October 3, at www.thomasphotographic.com.

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