Run Wild 10k


Thru the zoo

& Around the zoo


Metro Richmond Zoo, VA



8:30 am

6.2 miles

About the 10k

Run Wild in the Zoo!

Lace up your running shoes for the thrilling Run Wild 10k, an all-terrain adventure that takes you on a captivating journey through the Metro Richmond Zoo. Starting inside the zoo, the course spans its perimeter, treating you to remarkable views of exotic wildlife and off-site facilities, like the awe-inspiring Cheetah Conservation Center.

The 10k route winds through diverse terrains, offering a blend of dirt, mulch, grass trails, gravel, and asphalt pathways. Experience the thrill of navigating rolling hills, crossing bridges over picturesque creeks, and conquering a few steep challenges along the way.

As you race, keep your eyes peeled for the incredible inhabitants of the zoo, from majestic rhinos and elegant zebras to the swift cheetahs and other fascinating animals that will accompany you along the path.

The Run Wild 10k is not just a race; it’s a fundraiser event, one of four hosted at the Metro Richmond Zoo. After crossing the finish line, you’re in for a special treat – each participant gets FREE access to the zoo! And if you have cheering spectators with you, they’ll receive a generous 10% discount on their zoo admission tickets for race day.

So, get ready to run wild, experience the beauty of the zoo and its surroundings, and be a part of this extraordinary event that blends fitness, nature, and wildlife into one unforgettable experience!

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The Race Details



  • Metro Richmond Zoo
  • Thru the inside of the zoo and then the perimeter of the zoo!
  •  Course makeup (gravel 10%, mulch 10%, dirt 65%, pavement 15%). 


  • Twice a year in spring and fall
  • Next Fall Race:
    • Saturday, September 28th 2024
  • Next Spring Race:
    • Saturday, May 4th 2024



What's included?

  • Entry to race
  • Race bib and timed results
  • Finishers Medal
  • Event t-shirt
  • FREE same day ticket into zoo
  • Post race refreshments
  • Support Animal Conservation


  • 10K Runners must be at least 12 years old to run
  • 10K Runners 12-14 years old must have a 10K ticketed chaperone run with them
    • (Parents may designate a responsible older sibling or friend to participate with their kids ages 12-14.)

Water Stations

  • At the start, middle, and end of the race.




  • Parking is FREE.  Please follow parking attendants as they will guide all runners/spectators into a designated parking lot.



Zoo Member Discount

If you are a current Zoo Member, follow the prompt at the end of registration to receive $5 off your entry.

Zoo Members must provide their membership card for validation on race day at the check-in; otherwise you will be charged the remaining $5 fee before race entry.



Early Registration Discount

Sign up early for the best discount!

10k Price Schedule


Multi-Event Discount

Sign up for any 2 Run Wild events and receive a $10 discount. (only one event shirt is provided)

Sign up for any 3 Run Wild events and receive a $15 discount. (only one event shirt is provided)

*This discount cannot be combined with the Team or Ninja Kid Discounts.


Team Discount

Create a team and invite friends and family to join.  The following discount applies to all team members once the 10th member registers:

Mini – $3

5K & 10K – $5

Ninja – $7

The previous 9 registrants will be refunded the amount listed above.

*This discount cannot be combined with the Multi-Event or Ninja Kid Discounts.





Pre-race packet pickup:  None 

Race-day packet pickup: Saturday, May 4th, 2024  from 7:30 am – 8:15am. 



Spectators can attend the Run Wild Races event free of charge.  Spectators can receive a 10% discount on admission tickets the day of the race when entering with their racer. 

Designated Spectator Zones

  1. Start and Finish Line Field
    • Spectators may bring lawn chairs to set up in the finish line field. 
    • Each course is designed to provide spectators easy visibility of the runners for several hundred yards before they cross the finish line. 


All race participants will receive a free same day Zoo admission ticket with the purchase of any Run Wild Race ticket. 

  • Zoo ticket will be valid for the day of the race only.
  • Zoo ticket may only be redeemed after race completion.
  • Spectators can receive a 10% discount on admission tickets the day of the race when entering with their racer.
  • Spectators cannot enter into the Zoo with a discounted entry before their participant has completed the race.
  • Race wristbands are your admission into the race and the zoo.
    • If a racer presents a cut, broken, or missing wrist band they will be denied access into the zoo




Please be respectful of the Metro Richmond Zoo property, animals, and exhibits.  No climbing over fences, leaving the trail, smoking, shouting, taunting animals, or playing music from speakers.  We reserve the right to remove you from the race without a refund if you fail to follow these guidelines.

Min/5K/10K: For the safety of the animals, some will remain indoors (off exhibit) while racers run by their exhibits. These animals will be back on exhibit for the normal zoo hours. 

The Winners Prizes: