Saint Louis Zoo's 31st Annual Run/Walk
Sunday, May 22, 2016
Rain* or shine!

Register by April 17 to be entered to win a behind-the-scenes cheetah tour for four!

Participants in the 5K and 1-mile race will receive a disposable timing chip for more accurate results.

7:30 a.m.** 5K Race/Walk: 3.1 mile loop course. Timed and competitive.
8:50 a.m. 1/2-mile Kids' Run: ages 7-12, untimed, non-competitive
9 a.m. 1/4-mile Kids' Run: ages 6 and under, untimed, non-competitive
9:10 a.m. 1-mile Race: participants 12-and-under will be eligible for awards, timed and competitive
9:30 a.m. Awards Ceremony: At the Anheuser-Busch Theater in The Living World at the Zoo. Overall winners and First Place in each bracket will be announced. Second and Third Place winners in each age bracket may receive their prize at the tables in the lower rotunda of The Living World. See sidebar for more details.

Note: No dogs, rollerblades, bikes, skates or skateboards permitted on courses.

*In the event of severe weather, race start times may be delayed.
**Runners must begin by 7:40 a.m. and end by 9 a.m. to count in official results.



Register by April 17 to be entered to win a behind-the-scenes cheetah tour for four!

All registrants will receive a complimentary t-shirt and continental breakfast (while supplies last).


  • 5K/1 Mile: $20 through April 16; $25 April 17-May 21
  • Kids' Runs: $12
  • Family Registration: $55 through April 16; $60 April 17-May 8 (includes two 5K/1 Mile registrants and two kids' run registrants. Up to three additional kids' run registrants may be added for $10 each.)

*All online registrations will incur a small processing fee.

In Person (May 19 & 21):

  • 5K/1 Mile: $25
  • Kids' Runs: $12

*Available at packet pick-up locations and dates below.

Race Day:

  • 5K/1 Mile: $30
  • Kids' Runs: $15

*6-8:45 a.m. in The Living World building at Saint Louis Zoo.


Start/finish near Kiener Memorial gates of the Zoo, corner of Washington and Government Drive. Free parking is provided on the Zoo's North and South lots before 8 a.m. on race day. Spaces are limited.

Packet Pickup

Thursday, May 19 4 to 7 p.m. in The Living World

Saturday, May 21 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. in The Living World. 

Sunday, May 22 (race day) 6 to 8:45 a.m. in The Living World

Note: Thursday or Saturday pickup is encouraged to avoid race-day delays. On race day you may pick up your packet in the lower level of The Living World at the Zoo. Free parking on the North and South lots before 8 a.m. Spaces are limited.

Just Like You at the Zoo

Join St. Louis Children's Hospital at the Zoo for activities that teach children why it's important for people—and Zoo animals—to take care of their bodies. Children collect animal cards at four stations throughout the Zoo. After the cards are collected, they win a prize. Register at the race Start/Finish Line, or at the Zoo's North and South Entrances.


Proceeds help support the conservation work of the Saint Louis Zoo, both here and around the world.


  • St. Louis Children's Hospital
  • Prairie Farms Dairy
  • Mid America Chevy Dealers
  • Big River Race Management

Media Partners

  • Fox 2 and KPLR 11