Sunday, May 19, 2019 

Join the Saint Louis Zoo and St. Louis Children’s Hospital for the 34th annual Make Tracks Through the Zoo. Again this year, participants will run through the world-class Saint Louis Zoo!

This course through Forest Park and the Zoo takes runners and walkers past some of the Zoo’s most scenic features, including the antelope and giraffe habitats, the beautiful architecture of Historic Hill, and the Zoo’s newest exhibit, Grizzly Ridge, home to grizzly bears Huckleberry and Finley.  The start/finish line is located right outside The Living World building on Government Drive.

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

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7:00 a.m.** 5K Race/Walk 3.1 mile loop course through Forest Park and the Zoo. Timed and competitive.
8:20 a.m. 1/2-mile Kids' Cub Crawl For ages 7-12, untimed, non-competitive run through Zoo.
8:30 a.m.  1/4-mile Kids' Cub Crawl For ages 6 and under, untimed, non-competitive run through Zoo.
8:40 a.m. 1-mile Race For participants 12-and-under and will be eligible for awards, timed and competitive.
9:00 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 below for more details.

Note: No dogs, rollerblades, bikes, skates or skateboards permitted on courses. Strollers are welcome!
         *In the event of severe weather, race start times may be delayed. 
         **Runners must begin by 7:10 a.m. and end by 8:30 a.m. to count in official results.

Virtual Run 

Don't want to get up at the crack of dawn? Want to support the Zoo from afar? Sign up to be a virtual runner! A virtual race is a race in which you can run (or walk) from any location you choose. You can run or jog, and you can walk on the road, trail, treadmill, track, at the gym or even at another race! You get to run your own race, at your own pace, and time it yourself. Your registration fee will still support the Saint Louis Zoo; we will mail your shirt and finisher’s ribbon to you the week of the race. Select "virtual runner" during the registration process.

Registration opens February 4, 2019!


All registrants will receive a complimentary performance T-shirt* and post-race refreshments.* 

Event February 4
-April 15
April 16
-May 18
Race Day
May 19
5K $20 $25 $30
1 Mile $20 $25 $30 
Kid's Runs $12 $12 $15
Family Registration
Includes two 5K/1 Mile registrants and two kids' run registrants.
Up to three additional kids' run registrants may be added for $10 each
$55 $60 N/A 

Virtual Run
Virtual Runner packets will be mailed the week of the race.

$20 $25 N/A 

  *while supplies last

Award Categories


  • Ribbons for all participants
  • Overall male and female awards
  • First, second and third place male and female awards in 15 age categories ranging from 10 and under up to 75+

1-mile Race:

  • Ribbons for all participants
  • Overall male and female awards for 12-and-under participants.
  • First, second and third place male and female awards for 12-and-under participants.

1/2 mile Kids’ Run (7-12 years)

  • Ribbons for all participants

1/4 mile Kids' Run (6 years and under)

  • Ribbons for all participants

Packet Pickup

Thursday, May 16 10 a.m to 7 p.m. Big River Running Company in South City and West County. 

Friday, May 17 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. Big River Running Company in South City and West County. 

  • South City Store
    5352 Devonshire Ave.
    St. Louis, MO 63109
  • West County Store
    13969 Manchester Rd,
    Town & Country 63011              

Sunday, May 19 (race day) 5:30 to 8:45 a.m. The Living World at Saint Louis Zoo

Note: Thursday or Friday 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 is available on the South lot before 8 a.m. Spaces are limited. Street parking is available on Government Drive west of the North Lot and on Wells Drive. 

Government Drive east of Fine Arts Drive and Washington Drive will be closed after 5:30 a.m.  Access to the North Entrance via Hampton will not be available during this time. Visitors can access Government Drive west of the North Lot via Wells Drive.



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

Visiting From Out of Town?

Looking for a place to stay while visiting the Zoo? Check out our hotel partners during your stay in St. Louis.



  • St. Louis Children's Hospital

  • Mid America Chevy Dealers

  • Heartland Coca-Cola Bottling Company

  • Prairie Farms Dairy

  • Big River Race Management

Media Partner

  • TBD

To inquire about event sponsorship opportunities, please email