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It’s time to run wild at the Detroit Zoo and raise dollars to keep the animals healthy


Want to run wild? Here’s your chance.

10041Whether  more akin to cheetahs or tortoises, thousands will show up on Sept. 14 to raise for the Detroit Zoo’s Ruth Roby Glancy Animal Health Complex and veterinary care for the zoo’s animals by walking and running at the annual Run Wild for the Detroit Zoo .

The 5k and 10k race starts at the zoo entrance on 10 Mile and then wraps around the zoo through the streets surrounding neighborhood of Huntington Woods..  However, for those looking for a more relaxing or less competitive day, a 1.5 mile sun walk will take place. The less taxing route will be in view of the award winning animal exhibits, as they stroll the zoo grounds.

A5k_fotot 8:00 am the Run Wild for the Detroit Zoo event will kick off with the 5k runners dashing off on their route.  At 8:45 the 10k racers will take off for their turn around the bend.  The untimed fun walk will begin its leisurely pace at 9:00 am.  You can register online until noon on Sept. 9 at  You can also take the low-tech route and sign up in person at the zoo on Sept 12-14.

The top two males and females racing in each age category will receive medals in honor of their achievement.  Free T-shirts and admission will be awarded to the rest of the participants, along with a post-race party sponsored by Kroger event with live music, family entertainment, complimentary food and beverages.  The zoo’s mascots, Junior Z and the Zooper heroes, will even be making an appearance.  Regular admission prices still apply for non-participants.

Junior Z and the Zooper heroes

Junior Z and the Zooper heroes

The Governor’s Council on Physical Fitness, an organization that looks at events across the state, has recognized this race as contributing to the health and well-being of Michigan.

Ford Motor Company, Genisys Credit Union, Kroger, Moosejaw, Tim Hortons, Southeastern Michigan Veterinary Medical Association (SEMVMA) and WWJ Newsradio 950, are supporters of Run Wild for the Zoo.

Two hundred volunteers are needed forthe event. Interested parties can contact Linda Denomme at (248) 541-5717 x.3806 or

For results of past races click here.

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