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   Featured Attractions

Zoo "RunRun" 5K


All day zoo pass

Free Parking

About the event

A huge thank you to
Columbus Zoo and Aquarium


Welcome to the official website for the 2024 Zoo RunRun 5K and kids EleFunRun scheduled for Saturday, October 26th. This is one of our favorite events of the year as its combines both fitness plus a post race adventure through the Columbus Zoo and Aquarium. Make sure you bring a camera as there will be plenty of photo opportunities throughout your day.

All day zoo pass

Awesome tee-shirt for both the 5K and EleFun Run (kids 9-under)

Custom medal

Free parking

5K run or walk 

Walker Friendly

Zoo RunRun 5K 9:00am

This event is a 3.1 mile run or walk that will start next to Discovery Lake. Look for directional signs when you enter the zoo.

All participants will be "chip timed" for quick and accurate results. Awards will be issued to the top 5 finishers in both the male and female division. All participants will receive a colorful technical shirt, race number, custom finisher's medal, all day zoo pass, food and beverage.


Note of interest: Due to the sensitive nature of wildlife the 5K course was designed to bypass some of the Columbus Zoo habitat. Therefore, some of the course is outside the immediate zoo grounds. Following the race, however, we encourage 5K runners and walkers to take full advantage of their all day zoo pass and see why the Columbus Zoo is a national treasurer. NOTE: THERE IS A STRICT ONE HOUR TIME LIMIT FOR THIS EVENT


Kid's "EleFUNrun" 1/3 Mile: 8:30am
                                        START AND FINISH AT THE "TIGER SHELTER"

The morning begins with our EleFUNrun 1/3 miler beginning at 8:30am. Kids will run around Conservation Lake and will be awarded a handsome finisher medal. All kids will receive a cool looking t-shirt plus an all-day zoo pass. Bring a camera! Ideal for kids 9 and under.

NOTE: Family and friends who will be attending the race are required to purchase a zoo ticket. These discounted tickets, priced at $12, can be purchased online at registration.

Amanda Carberry/Columbus Zoo and Aquarium

Race Day- Packet Pick-Up

-Pick up begins at 7:30am in front of the zoo,

-You will receive: zoo ticket, race number and tee-shirt

-Family and friends will need to purchase a ticket for $12.00 if they are not a zoo member. 

When you arrive!



If your child is participating in the EleFunRun (1/3 mile around Discovery Lake) we suggest you get there a little early so you have enough time to walk to the TIGER SHELTER located just past Conservation Lake. This event starts at 8:30am so don't get caught standing in line!


After you pickup your packet go directly to the entrance turnstile with your zoo admission ticket. Current zoo members must show their membership card. Go immediately to the TIGER SHELTER and await the start of the race. Please note that current zoo members will be required to show proof of membership to gain access to the zoo.


Entry Fee



>> 5K Run/Walk : $50 (Current Zoo Members: $40 and must show proof of membership at packet pickup)

>> Kids EleFUNrun (ages 2-9): $30 (Current Zoo Members: $20)


NOTE: All non participants who plan on entering the zoo grounds are required to purchase a discounted ticket ($12.00) at the registration table located in front of the main entrance.



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