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Zoo Run Run: A Fun 5K on Feb. 17

Register now to follow the course through the zoo property, rain, snow or shine!

Register now to experience a winter 5K adventure throughout the Zoo’s property at Zoo Run Run on Saturday, February 17, 2024. Put on your running shoes, bundle up and gallop through the Zoo’s trails!

On the day of the run, the Zoo will close early to the general public at 1:00 pm. The Zoo will reopen at 2:00 pm for the event kick-off and the race will begin at 3:00 pm. Advance packet pick-up is available on February 15 and 16 from 12:00 pm to 7:00 pm at Nashville Zoo’s Croft Center.


Choose to run or walk as a timed or untimed participant. The registration options include a timed run/walk for $50 and an untimed run/walk for $45. Please note pricing increases by $10 on February 11 and members save $5 per ticket through February 10. Every in-person registrant receives a long-sleeve performance t-shirt, a race bib, post-race refreshments and free access to attractions until 5:00 pm. This year’s Zoo Run Run shirt design highlights the recent birth of the Zoo’s three critically endangered Sumatran tiger cubs, and there is still time to cast your vote to help name the cubs.

Participants are encouraged to come dressed to impress in an animal or Zoo-themed costume for a chance to win a backstage pass tour for four. First, second and third place will be awarded a medal in each timed finisher category, and first place winners will also receive four Zoo tickets.

Race Observer

Zoo Run Run has a new layout in 2023. Race observers will have access to the Festival Field area inside the Zoo to watch the start/finish. In addition, observers will enjoy free access to the zip line, carousel and 4D theater throughout the race! Each person (ages 2+), including Zoo members, wishing to access the start/finish will need a $10 Race Observer ticket.

For more information and to register, please visit


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Michael Aldrich

Michael Aldrich is Nashville Parent's Managing Editor and a Middle Tennessee arts writer. He and his wife, Alison, are the proud parents of 4-year-old Ezra and baby Norah.