Run Wild 5K at the NC Zoo

If you were registered in 2020, click on FIND A PARTICIPANT from the menu bar and search your name. Click on “is this you?” and then click CLAIM. You will receive an email with instructions to complete the claim. Once you have claimed your registration, you can go in and make any edits needed – shirt size, date of birth/age, address, etc.

*To update shirt size:
1. Log into your Run Sign Up Profile
2. Go to Manage Registration for this event
3. Click on GIVEAWAY on the menu bar
4. Make any adjustments
5. Click Continue
6. Confirm changes

Due to current restrictions at the NC Zoo, the 2021 Run Wild 5K will not be able to happen as an in-person event in 2021. 

The last to register as a NEW REGISTRANT and receive a shirt is Sunday, May 2.

Even with the hope of restrictions being lifted, this event would bring together over 600 people and we want to keep you, your families and the animals safe! We know it’s been a long year of waiting, and this is an event that is a unique experience so it with a heavy heart that the race committee breaks this news.

This event is organized by a small group of volunteers from the North Carolina AAZK chapter. AAZK is a nonprofit volunteer organization (U.S. 501c3) made up of professional zoo keepers and other interested persons dedicated to professional animal care and conservation. This is the local chapter in North Carolina with members from NC Zoo, NC Zoo Society, Greensboro Science Center, Rowan Wild and Grandfather Mountain Stewardship Foundation. All proceeds from this event go towards keeper professional development as well as local and global conservation organizations. 

So what will a virtual event look like?

A virtual event, for those who haven’t experienced one yet, is a way to participate in the event from anywhere you choose. Participants will be able to complete the 5K anytime June 5-13.

You will be able to submit your time (or you can submit that you completed the distance without entering a time) via the results tab on the webpage where you can also print out a finisher’s certificate as a keepsake.

Participants will also be able to use the RaceJoy App (a free app that you can download) to complete the event. The advantage of using the app is that it will track your distance and automatically submit your results once you cover 3.1 miles. More information about the app is on the website.

How do we get our swag?

All participants will still get their Run Wild 5K event shirt and a ticket to the NC Zoo that can be used anytime, with a reservation, in 2021.

There will be two packet pick up opportunities the week before the virtual event kicks off. Specific dates, times, and locations will be posted on the website and emailed out as the time gets closer.

For participants who cannot make packet pick up in person, you can add shipping for $6 to your registration.

To use your zoo ticket, you will still need to follow the protocol at the NC Zoo and call and make a reservation. The number to call is 336-879-7700. Be sure to call at least the day before by 3pm to make a reservation. The more advance notice the zoo is given for their date the better chance of receiving the date and time you would like to visit the zoo.

How do I update my information and/or add shipping?

First, you will need to claim your registration. To do this:

Go to FIND A PARTICIPANT on the website
Find your name on the participant list and click “is this you?”
You will then get an email from Run Sign Up on completing the claim
Once you have claimed your registration:

Go into your Run Sign Up profile (which you would have just created)
Select MANAGE REGISTRATION next to the Run Wild 5K
To update shirt size, click GIVEAWAY on the menu bar
To add shipping, click ADD-ONS on the menu bar
To update address, click PARTICIPANT INFO
Follow the on screen prompts after each update to confirm any changes

Thank you for your understanding and patience for the past year. We cannot wait to be back at the zoo in person for 2022.

June 05, 2021


June 05, 2021 (Saturday) - June 13, 2021
3.1 miles
Solo Charity/Fund raising Road
Anywhere Virtual Race
The information about this race is based on information provided by the organisers or found on the official website of the event. Always check the official website for up-to-date information. If you have noticed any mistake, let us know at [email protected]