The Wild Run

This is Calgary's only zoo run! Run or walk a 10 mile event solo or as part of a team and enjoy time exploring the zoo after you complete your event.

Wild about lemurs, pandas, owls and the conservation of their natural habitats.

The Wild Run, formerly the 'Gorilla Run', was established by Calgary runner and primate enthusiast Emm Kytryk in 2004 to raise funds for Mountain Gorillas. Run Calgary took over the event to continue its legacy and conservation efforts in 2015. To date $120,000 dollars have been donated through this race to help preserve habitat of wild animals threatened with extinction.

Event Info −


In-Person Event: October 10

Virtual Race Window: October 7 - 10

Each year we feature a different animal at The Calgary Zoo so we can sneak in a little animal education to this fun family-friendly event. To date, we have featured, learned about and contributed to the habitat conservation of mountain gorillas (2004-2017) pandas (2018) burrowing owls (2019) lemurs (2020). Who will be the star of 2021? We will reveal soon!

The in-person event starts and finishes on St. Patrick Island and consists of 4 legs, all of which transition on The Rise, our very own party site for The Wild Run. Only 1 leg runs through the zoo but all participants have access to the zoo with your registration.

Covid-19 Protocols

Run Calgary is committed to more than just fun, we have a perfect score for safety and experience putting on covid-secure events. Please anticipate some covid adaptations to this event in the near term to ensure it's success and long-term sustainability.

Read the Protocols and FAQs (links coming soon) and shoot us an email if you have questions and would like to know more about our AHS approved covid-secure event plan that follows the 8 covid-secure protocols to keep everyone, participants, volunteers and staff safe.

Although we can't yet gather in large groups, we can still race with some adaptations in controlled events as we get back to the safe return to racing.

What's Included

  • Custom toque 
  • Custom finishers' medal
  • Personalized race bib
  • Downloadable badge
  • A Run Calgary curated, race-themed Spotify Playlist
  • Post race celebration in the Calgary Zoo event tent and an optional staff priced breakfast
  • Chip timed event
  • Opportunity to help support animal conservation.
  • Raise $250 - get an annual connect pass worth $65
  • Please note, registration fee does NOT include race day parking

Event Schedule

October 7 12:01 a.m. MDT - Virtual Race Window opens
October 10 11:59 p.m. MDT - Virtual Race Window closes

October 10 8:00 a.m. MDT - In-Person race begins

Course Map


mulligan course map