Run Wild Races @ the Metro Richmond Zoo!

Sat October 23, 2021 Moseley, VA 23120 US Directions
Racing to save the critically endangered Orangutan!
Events
+FREE ZOO ENTRY

Run Wild Mini

$42 $34 8:00AM EDT 1 mile fun run through the zoo!
+FREE ZOO ENTRY

Run Wild 5k

$60 $50 8:30AM EDT 3.1 mile all-terrain race around the perimeter of the zoo!
+FREE ZOO ENTRY

Run Wild Ninja

$95 $85 9:30AM EDT Approx. 2.5 mile obstacle course run featuring Ninja Warrior style obstacles
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Description

The bi-annual Run Wild Races is returning Fall of 2021!

Welcome to Run Wild Races at the Metro Richmond Zoo.  This year we are celebrating the critically endangered Orangutan!  

Experience the Zoo from a whole new perspective on Saturday, October 23rd! Round up your herd; there is FUN for everyone. Choose from our 3 events: Run Wild Mini, 5k, and Ninja! Be sure to spot rhinos, zebras, cheetahs and other zoo animals along the race path! After you cross the finish line, each participant can visit the Zoo for FREE! Any spectators that come with you will receive a 10% discount off their zoo admission tickets for race day. 

 

THE RACES

Mini

This 1 mile fun run is designed for children ages 4 - 11, but runners of all ages are welcome with a participating child. 


The majority of this course goes through the pathways of the zoo and includes a few all-terrain sections (gravel 5%, grass 20%, dirt 5%, pavement 70%). Parents can run with their children, but must purchase their own Mini race ticket. Children 3 and under do not need a ticket. Strollers are permitted but must be able to handle all-terrain.

  • All Mini participants ages 4 and older need a ticket (including chaperones).
  • Children ages 4-7 must have a participating parent or chaperone.(Parents may also designate a responsible older sibling or friend to be the chaperone for these kids.)
  • Participants receive a free ticket to visit the zoo on race day.
  • Many animals will not be out on exhibit during the run for their safety. These animals will be available to see after the Zoo opens for the day.
  • This fun run is not timed.

 

5K

This all-terrain 5k spans the perimeter of the Zoo including off-site facilities such as the Cheetah Conservation Center. Portions of the route travel in between the two perimeter fences that surround the entire Zoo.  The all-terrain course consists of mostly dirt, mulch, and grass trails with some gravel and asphalt pathways.  The trail has winding turns, rolling hills, bridges over creeks, beautiful views, a few steep hills and sights of exotic wildlife.

  • All 5k participants ages 4 and older need a race ticket (including chaperones).
  • Children ages 4-11 must have a participating parent or chaperone (Parents may also designate a responsible older sibling or friend to be the chaperone).
  • Participants receive a free ticket to visit the zoo on race day.
  • This 5k race is timed.

 

Ninja

Are you tough enough to “escape extinction”? Find out as you test your balance, strength, stamina and mental perseverance while confronting up to 39 obstacles along an approx. 2.5 mile course, including 21 Ninja Warrior style obstacles. Representing challenges encountered by endangered animal species, these obstacles are not for the faint of heart. 

This is not a race and will not be timed; your goal is to “escape extinction” by conquering obstacles. Contestants receive points for completing obstacles with varying levels of difficulty and their “survival success” will be determined by measuring their points accumulated utilizing the International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN) Red List of Threatened Species’ nine categories which are used for classifying species at high risk of global extinction: Not Evaluated, Data Deficient, Extinct, Extinct in the Wild, Critically Endangered, Endangered, Vulnerable, Near Threatened, and Least Concern."

Don't go extinct by getting defeated by our ninja obstacles!  Contestants who complete all obstacles successfully will earn the title "Unlikely To Become Extinct In The Near Future" and earn entry into their next race free.

Let’s Go! It's time to get "evaluated." Gather your friends and prepare to represent your "species" to prove that you won't go extinct!

  • Run Wild Ninja is for anyone 8 years and older. (participants ages 8-14 need a Ninja ticketed adult competing with them) 
    • Younger children should have previous obstacle experience before attempting Ninja.  
  • 39 OCR or Ninja Warrior type obstacles! 
  • Not a timed Race - Run Wild Ninja is measured on obstacle completion.
  • Obstacles will close at 1:30pm and all competitors must finish by this time.
  • *Participants get a free ticket to visit the zoo on race day.

"The IUCN Red List Categories and Criteria are intended to be an easily and widely understood system for classifying species at high risk of global extinction."

Run Wild Ninja Team Competition

Gather your “herd” and prepare to face other herds in this battle against extinction.  Herds will migrate together where they can support each other as they individually face each obstacle, earning points for each obstacle they complete. Any herd of at least 2 men and 2 women will automatically be entered into our team competition where the overall score of the 2 highest men and 2 highest women in each herd will be combined to reach the team’s score. 

Learn more about the Ninja Format and Scoring

 

RESPECT THE ZOO

Please be respectful of the Metro Richmond Zoo property, animals, and exhibits.  No climbing over fences, leaving the trail, smoking, shouting, taunting animals, or playing music from speakers.  We reserve the right to remove you from the race without a refund if you fail to follow these guidelines. 

Run Wild Mini: For the safety of the animals, some will remain indoors (off exhibit) while racers run by their exhibits. These animals will be back on exhibit for the normal zoo hours.  The orangutans will be out during the fun run.

 

WATER STATIONS

Mini

At the start and end of the race.

5k

At the start, middle, and end of the race.

Ninja

At the start, middle, and end of the race.

 

DETAILS

WHEN

Saturday, October 23rd 2021

 

TIME

Mini - 8:00 am 

5k - 8:30 am 

Ninja - 9:30 am with additional start waves every few minutes until 10:30 am. Obstacles will close at 1:30pm and all competitors must finish by this time. 

 

WHERE

Metro Richmond Zoo

8300 Beaver Bridge Road

Moseley, Va 23120

 

AGE

Run Wild Mini

  • This 1 mile fun run is designed for children ages 4-11, but racers of all ages are welcome with a participating child.
  • Mini Runners must be at least 4 years old to run.
  • Mini Runners 4-7 years old must have a Mini Race ticketed chaperone run with them.
    • (Parents may designate a responsible older sibling or friend to participate with their kids ages 4-7.)


Run Wild 5k

  • 5K Runners must be at least 4 years old to run
  • 5K Runners 4-11 years old must have a 5K ticketed chaperone run with them
    • (Parents may designate a responsible older sibling or friend to participate with their kids ages 4-11.)


Run Wild Ninja

  • Ninja competitors must be at least 8 years old to participate.
  • Participants ages 8-14 must be accompanied by a Ninja ticketed adult competing with them throughout the entire course.
  • Younger children should have previous obstacle experience before attempting Ninja.  

     

WHAT'S INCLUDED

Run Wild Mini

  • Entry to race
  • Race bib (Race will not be timed)
  • Finishers Medal
  • Event t-shirt
  • FREE same day ticket into zoo
  • Post race refreshments
  • Support Orangutan Conservation

Run Wild 5k

  • Entry to race
  • Race bib and timed results
  • Finishers Medal
  • Event t-shirt
  • FREE same day ticket into zoo
  • Post race refreshments
  • Support Orangutan Conservation


Run Wild Ninja

  • Entry into the competition
  • Up to 39 tiered obstacles
  • Race bib and computed results (not a timed event)
  • Finishers Medal
  • Event t-shirt
  • FREE same day ticket into zoo
  • Post race refreshments
  • Support Orangutan Conservation
     

WATER STATIONS

Mini

At the start and end of the race.

5k

At the start, middle, and end of the race.

Ninja

At the start, middle, and end of the race.

 

PARKING

 Parking is FREE.  Please follow parking attendants as they will guide all runners/spectators into a designated parking lot. 

DISCOUNTS

Zoo Member Discount

If you are a current Zoo Member, follow the prompt at the end of registration to receive $5 off your entry. 

Zoo Members must provide their membership card for validation on race day at the check-in; otherwise you will be charged the remaining $5 fee before race entry. 


Early Registration Discount

Sign up early for the best discount!

Price for all events increases by $5 ($4 for the Mini) on each of the following dates: 

  1. June 23rd
  2. September 30th
  3. October 22nd

 

Multi-Event Discount

Sign up for any 2 Run Wild events and receive a $10 discount. (only one event shirt is provided)

Sign up for all 3 Run Wild events and receive a $15 discount. (only one event shirt is provided)

*This discount cannot be combined with the Team or Ninja Kid Discounts.

 


Team Discount

Create a team and invite friends and family to join.  The following discount applies to all team members once the 10th member registers:

Mini - $3

5k - $5 

Ninja - $8


The previous 9 registrants will be refunded the amount listed above. 

*This discount cannot be combined with the Multi-Event or Ninja Kid Discounts. 

 

 

Ninja Kid Discount

Kids ages 8-14 receive their Ninja ticket for $15 less than the Ninja ticketed adult that is required to participate with them.

*This discount cannot be combined with the Multi-Event or Team Discounts.

 

Support a Great Cause

The critically endangered Sumatran and Bornean Orangutan
 

"The name 'orangutan' comes from an Indonesian phrase meaning 'person of the forest.' Orang means person and hutan means forest.  These beautiful creatures are among some of the most intelligent animals in the animal kingdom. Unfortunately, they have been victim to poaching and deforestation, resulting in a critically endangered status. Deforestation for the establishment of palm oil plantations is the primary cause for habitat loss for orangutans. Female orangutans usually only have a baby every 7-8 years and will closely nurture their young for the first four years of their life." MRZ

"The combined impacts of habitat loss, habitat degradation and illegal hunting equate to an 86% population reduction between 1973 and 2025 which qualifies the Orangutan for listing as Critically Endangered. This estimate is relatively conservative, as it does not include additional future population losses anticipated due to stochastic effects that will reduce populations inhabiting increasingly small forest fragments." IUCN RedList

The Metro Richmond Zoo has 3 separate exhibits that house 8 orangutans! Two island exhibits can seen inside the zoo, one via walking path and the other via the safari train ride.  The 3rd exhibit, the dome, is located out of public view but will soon open to exclusive private tours.  The top male and female winners of the 5k and Ninja will be invited to experience this tour free of charge at 2:00pm following the completion of the event on October 23rd 2021.

100% of Run Wild's net proceeds from this race will benefit the critically endangered orangutans through these 3 reputable organizations. Click on their links to see how they are making important contributions to mitigate this species' extinction.

 

Orangutan Conservation Program - Metro Richmond Zoo
The Orangutan Project - Islands of Borneo and Sumatra, Indonesia
The Orangutan Conservancy - Islands of Borneo and Sumatra, Indonesia

RACE DAY PROCEDURES

PACKET PICKUP

Pre-race packet pickup:  Friday, October 22, 2021 from 3:00 pm - 6:00 pm at the Metro Richmond Zoo. (highly recommended)

Race-day packet pickup: Saturday, October 23, 2021 60 minutes before your start time. (expect long wait times)

 

SPECTATORS

Spectators can attend the Run Wild Races event free of charge, but must check-in and sign a waiver. Spectators can receive a 10% discount on admission tickets the day of the race when entering with their racer. 

Designated Spectator Zones

  1. Start and Finish Line Field
    • Spectators may bring lawn chairs to set up in the finish line field. 
    • Each course is designed to provide spectators easy visibility of the runners for several hundred yards before they cross the finish line.
  2. Majority of the Ninja obstacles will be within view of the Start and Finish Line Field and the parking lots.

 

ZOO ENTRY

All race participants will receive a free same day Zoo admission ticket with the purchase of any Run Wild Race ticket. 

  • Zoo ticket will be valid for the day of the race only
  • Zoo ticket may only be redeemed after race completion
  • Spectators can receive a 10% discount on admission tickets the day of the race when entering with their racer.
  • Spectators cannot enter into the Zoo with a discounted entry before their participant has completed the race.
  • Race wristbands are your admission into the race and the zoo.
    • If a racer presents a cut, broken, or missing wrist band they will be denied access into the zoo.
Prize

The Metro Richmond Zoo has 3 separate exhibits that house 8 orangutans! Two island exhibits can be seen inside the zoo, one via walking path and the other via the safari train ride.  The 3rd exhibit, the dome, is located out of public view but will soon open to private educational tours.  The top male and female winners of the 5k and the winning Ninja team will be invited to experience this tour free of charge at 2:00 pm following the completion of the Run Wild Races event on October 23rd 2021.  Winners will be contacted shortly after all race results are in.

 

These private tours are not currently available to guests at the zoo, but will be soon.  Be sure to check back at www.metrorichmondzoo.com for future updates regarding these upcoming private tours!

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*5k route is subject to change.

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