RELEASE: Saint Louis Zoo marks its 33rd annual Make Tracks Through the Zoo

Kick up some dust for St. Louis Children’s Hospital Make Tracks Through the Zoo—now in its 33rd year. The race is set to run at 7 a.m. on Sunday, May 20, 2018. For the first time ever, participants will run through the Saint Louis Zoo in this USATF-certified course. The new course through the Zoo and Forest Park takes runners and walkers past some of the Zoo’s most scenic features, including the antelope and giraffe habitats, Historic Hill, Centene Grizzly Ridge and more. Participants will receive a disposable timing chip for more accurate results.

Children ages 7-12 can participate in the half-mile Kid’s Cub Crawl fun run at 8:20 a.m.; children ages 6 and under can participate in the quarter-mile fun run at 8:30 a.m. All ages can participate in a timed and competitive one-mile race at 8:40 a.m. Arrive early at 8 a.m. for the kids’ stretch led by the Washington University and St. Louis Children’s Young Athlete Center.

All races begin and end near The Living World at the corner of Art Hill and Government Drive.  All registrants will receive a complimentary performance T-shirt and continental breakfast (while supplies last). Awards will be presented to overall winners and first place finishers in each age bracket for the 5K and one-mile races at a ceremony at 9 a.m. in the Anheuser-Busch Theater in The Living World building.

After the race, join St. Louis Children’s Hospital for Just Like You at the Zoo activities that teach children why it’s important for people—and Zoo animals—to take care of their bodies. Children can collect animal cards at four stations throughout the Zoo and win a prize after the cards are collected.

New this year, registrants can sign up to be a “virtual runner” and support the Zoo from afar.

For individuals participating in the 5K, 1-mile race, or virtual run, registration is $20 for those who register online by April 16, $25 from April 17-May 19 and $30 on race day. Kids’ run registration for children ages 12 and under is $12 per child in advance and $15 on race day.

Family registration, which includes two 5K/1-mile registrants and two kids’ run registrants, is $55 through April 16 and $60 from April 17-May 14. Free parking is provided on the Zoo’s south lot before 8 a.m. on race day. Spaces are limited.

Registration is available online at through May 19. In-person registration also is available in The Living World on race day (May 20) from 5:30-8:15 a.m.

Proceeds help support the conservation efforts of the Saint Louis Zoo at home and around the world. Make Tracks Through the Zoo is sponsored by St. Louis Children’s Hospital, Prairie Farms Dairy, Heartland Coca-Cola Bottling Company, Mid America Chevy Dealers, Big River Race Management, Orchard Valley Harvest and Now 96.3: All the Hits.

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