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Zoo Zoom registration opens Tuesday, August 2nd - Race date October 1st

Jul 26, 2016 02:56PM ● By Cate Reynolds


-- Race moved from Mid-November to October 1 for 2016! --

BALTIMORE, MD – Registration for Zoo Zoom, The Maryland Zoo’s signature 8K race, will open at Noon on Tuesday, August 2nd at! This year, with the goal of running in more temperate temperatures, Zoo Zoom will take place on Saturday, October 1, 2016.

“This is such a fun race, bringing people through the Zoo and in close proximity to some of our most fascinating animals,” said Nancy Hinds, executive vice president of Institutional Advancement at the Zoo. “We took note of the cold temperatures from the last two years and decided to move the race from November to October. We think this will not only mean a run in more pleasant weather, but folks can make a day of it by visiting the Zoo after the race.”

The race begins at 8:30 a.m. in front of the Zoo’s Mansion House, winds through Druid Hill Park and into the Zoo, before racers take that one last hill passing the Mansion again before crossing the finish line back inside the Zoo. It’s a wild race over a few of the parks’ dreaded Druid hills. For families looking for something a little tamer, there is also the Carefirst BlueCross/BlueShield one-mile Family Walk and Kids Fun Run, scheduled to begin at 9:30am.

Zoo Zoom 8K awards will be handed out for both male and female top overall finishers, and awards will also be given out by age group. Registration for the 8K race includes bib, chip-timing, long-sleeve commemorative T-shirt and all day admission to the Zoo on race day. Once again this year we encourage you to come dressed as your favorite animal and you could win a prize! The post-race party will include food and refreshments by the Corner Bakery Cafe, prize drawings, and visits from some of the Zoo’s animal ambassadors.

Zoo Zoom registration will available at and is limited to the first 1,750 entrants. Registration for the 8K is $45. Registration for the Family Fun Run is $35 with a premium or $20 without the premium; Zoo members receive a $5 discount on all registrations. All proceeds support The Maryland Zoo and its many conservation efforts.