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February 01, 2023

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Zoo Run Run: A Fun 5K for Family & Friends

Follow the course through the zoo property, rain, snow or shine.

Experience a winter 5K adventure throughout the Zoo’s property at Zoo Run Run on Saturday, February 18, 2023. 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 p.m. The Zoo will reopen at 2 p.m. for the event kick-off and the race will begin at 3 p.m. Advance packet pick-up is available on February 16 and 17 from 12 to 7 p.m. 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 $45 and an untimed run/walk for $40. Pricing increases by $10 on February 11 and members save $5 per ticket through February 10. Every registrant receives a long-sleeve performance t-shirt, a race bib and post-race refreshments. Participants can come dressed to impress in an animal or Zoo-themed costume for a chance to win a “This is How we Zoo” 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 and race observers will now have access to the Festival Field area inside the Zoo to watch the start/finish and 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.

Support Trees for You & Me

Enter the zoo’s fundraising contest by making a donation or creating a fundraiser to help the Zoo send funds to the tree-planting conservation program, Trees for You and Me. The program came from a partnership between the American Association of Zoo Keepers (AAZK) and Polar Bears International (PBI) to plant trees in areas of the world that have been devastated by deforestation. Share your registration with your family and friends and encourage them to donate in your name to be eligible to win an exclusive animal encounter prize as a thank you for going the extra mile.

For more information and to register, please visit


About the Author

Michael Aldrich

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