For the first time in 10 years, Zoo Miami will host a 5K race it can call its own. The Zoological Society of Florida and West Kendall Baptist Hospital have partnered to offer two fun, wild events on Sept. 15.
Unlike other 5K runs and walks held at the zoo, this event will offer benefits that only the team at the zoo can offer, bringing back memories of the renowned Jungle Jog run that started 30 years ago and ended in 2002.
The ZooRun 5K is for folks of every speed — from cheetah to tortoise — so no matter your pace, come out for fun and exercise. This 3.1 mile timed race is walker- friendly and will take place around the entire zoo. The ZooKids Dash is a race for kids ages 2-9. This race will include a range of distances from 100 to 525 meters and opportunities to interact with Gigi, Kaz and Pio, the popular Zoo Squad mascots.
“We are very excited to team up with West Kendall Baptist Hospital to bring back the excitement of 5K running at the zoo,” said Ron Magill, Zoo Miami communications and media relations director. “The old Jungle Jog used to draw 1,500- 2,000 runners and we had more than 1,000 signed up after one week of registration.
“Children and families want to be at Zoo Miami; they want to experience this amazing park and now we can encourage a healthy community and environment. Come take a walk (or run) on the wild side,” Magill added.
“West Kendall Baptist Hospital is thrilled to partner with Zoo Miami in hosting this 5K race,” said Michelle Mejia, assistant vice president, at West Kendall Baptist Hospital. “This event is an extension of our three-year partnership focused on the health of our environment and our community. With the ‘Healthy Zoo – Healthy You’ initiative, we hope to inspire our community to make healthy living a priority. What better way than to get outdoors and run with the animals.”
The ZooRun pre-sale price is $25 and increases to $35 on race day. The ZooKids Dash pre-sale price is $10 and increases to $15 on the day of the race. Pre-sale prices are valid through Sept. 14 at 11:59 p.m., EST. All race registrants will receive free admission to Zoo Miami, a premium Tshirt, themed finisher medal, post race food and a race unlike any in South Florida. As if all of this weren’t enough, race registrants can purchase Zoo Miami tickets for friends and family with a 50 percent discount on race day.
To register, visit online at www.run.zoomiami.org or call 305- 255-5551.
Zoo Miami is located at 12400 SW 152 St. General zoo admission is $15.95 per adult and $11.95 per child (3-12), plus tax. Children under 2 and zoo members enter free; parking is free. Zoo Miami’s hours are 9:30 a.m.-5:30 p.m.; ticket booths close at 4 pm. For more information, visit www.zoomiami.org