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 −

Overview

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.

Here is what you can win!

Raise $50

Be entered in a draw to win a $25 Gift Card to the Wilder Institute/Calgary Zoo

Raise $100

Be entered in a draw to win $50 Gift Card to the Wilder Institute/Calgary Zoo & 2 Tickets to ZOOLIGHTS

Raise $250

EVERYONE that raises $250 or more will receive a $70 gift card for the Calgary Zoo and one person will win 4 Tickets to ZOOLIGHTS.

*A Wilder Institute/Calgary Zoo gift card can be put towards a membership if desired.

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.

See the video from 2019!

What's Included

  • Custom Whooping Crane toque
  • Custom finishers' medal featuring the Whooping Crane
  • 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
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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 10:30 a.m. MDT - In Person Awards and Prizing - Calgary Zoo

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

Course Map

2022 Map 

wild run course map