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 $129,000 dollars have been donated through this race to help preserve habitat of wild animals threatened with extinction.

Event Info −


In-Person Event: September 25

Virtual Race Window: September 25 - October 4

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) Vancouver Island Marmots (2021) and in 2022 we will be learning about and raising funds for the Whooping Crane.

Check out the Fundraising Guide

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. Please note, Run Calgary is abiding by whatever regulations and public policy are in place at the time of the event.

What's Included

  • Custom toque (*2021 toque shown for reference)
  • Custom finishers' medal (*2021 medal shown for reference)
  • 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

September 23 12:00 p.m. MDT - Curbside Pickup Day 1 Starts @ Run Calgary HQ

September 23 4:00 p.m. MDT - Curbside Pickup Day 1 Ends @ Run Calgary HQ

September 24 10:00 a.m. MDT - Curbside Pickup Day 2 Starts @ Run Calgary HQ

September 24 4:00 p.m. MDT - Curbside Pickup Day 2 Ends @ Run Calgary HQ

September 25 12:00 a.m. MDT - Virtual Race Window Opens

September 25 7:50 a.m. MDT - In Person Solo Race Start Time - St Patrick's Island

September 25 8:00 a.m. MDT - In Person Relay Race Start Time - St Patrick's Island

September 25 11:00 a.m. MDT - In Person Awards and Prizing - Calgary Zoo

October 4 11:59 p.m. MDT - Virtual Race Window Closes

Course Map

2021 Map shown for reference. 

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