The critters residing at Chattanooga Zoo may be a little confused by the first round of visitors Saturday, June 1. Many of those visitors will be running, and some of them will be dressed up like animals.
The occasion is Run Wild, a new 5K road race, and Cub Crawl, a 1K fun run.
"All monies raised by the Run Wild 2013 race will directly benefit the Chattanooga Zoo's expansion and growth efforts," says Kim Gavin, co-owner of event sponsor Thrive Studio, a North Shore fitness facility. "We are proud of how far the zoo has come in its 75-year history and are invested in seeing this growth continue into the future."
The 5K, which starts at 8 a.m., features a challenging run around the historic Warner Park area. The 1K fun run for families goes through the zoo and starts at 8:30 a.m.
Participants in both races are encouraged to come dressed as their favorite animal. Prizes will be awarded for best costumes, and Run Wild participants and their families will get free admission to the zoo until 9:30 that morning. Zoo hours are 9 a.m.-5 p.m.
Registration is available online at www.chattzoo.org/runwild or in person at Thrive Studio, 191 River St., or Chattanooga Zoo, 301 N. Holtzclaw Ave. On-site registration is available on race day at 7 a.m.
Music, a health expo and other activities are also planned.