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St. Louis Children's Hospital Make Tracks Through the Zoo

Sunday, May 21, 2023

Join the Saint Louis Zoo and St. Louis Children’s Hospital for the 38th annual Make Tracks Through the Zoo on Sunday, May 21, 2023. Participants will run through Forest Park and the world-class Saint Louis Zoo.

This year’s course through Forest Park and the Zoo takes runners and walkers past some of St. Louis’ most scenic features. Course maps and additional information about parking and race day will become available closer to the event date.

All participants will receive a finisher t-shirt* and a medal. Participants in the 5K and 1-mile race will receive a disposable timing chip for more accurate results.

*while supplies last

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Race Day –

Sunday, May 21, 2023 – The 5K will start at 7:00 a.m., the 1/2 mile will begin at 8:20 a.m. and the 1-mile race will begin at 8:30 a.m.

Make Tracks Through the Zoo will be held rain or shine. In the event of severe weather, race start times may be delayed. We recommend that participants be in the area of the start line or in The Living World and ready to run by the scheduled start time. Decisions regarding the start of the race will be communicated to all participants.

Please note: Updates to social media and the website may be delayed.

Note: No dogs, rollerblades, bikes, skates or skateboards permitted on courses. Strollers are welcome in our 5K race.

Virtual Run 

Want to support the Zoo from afar? Sign up to be a virtual runner!

A virtual race is a race where you can run (or walk) from any location you choose. You can run or jog, walk on the road, trail, treadmill, track, at the gym or even at another race! You get to run your own race, at your own pace, and time it yourself.

Your registration fee will still support the Saint Louis Zoo; we will mail your shirt and finisher’s medal to you the week of the race. Select "virtual runner" during the registration process.

Virtual runners will have their packets mailed to them ($10 additional fee) or can pick up their packets at one of the two Big River locations on Thursday, May 18 or Friday, May 19 from 10 a.m. – 6 p.m.

Price Structure

The last day to register is Wednesday, May 17, or upon sell-out.

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Begins at 7 a.m.

January 5- February 28: $30

March 1- April 20: $35

April 21- May 17 (or sold out): $40

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Begins at 8:30 a.m.

January 5- February 28: $30

March 1- April 20: $35

April 21- May 17 (or sold out): $40

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Begins at 8:20 a.m.

January 5- February 28: $15

March 1- April 20: $15

April 21- May 17 (or sold out): $15

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Includes two 5K/1 mile registrants and two kids' run registrants. You can register additional family members with separate transactions.

January 5- February 28: $65

March 1- April 20: $75

April 21- May 17 (or sold out): $85

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Virtual runner packets will be mailed the week of the race.

January 5- February 28: $30

March 1- April 20: $30

April 21- May 17 (or sold out): $30

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  • Registrations are non-transferable and not refundable. If you have questions regarding your registration, contact specialevents@stlzoo.org
  • Proceeds help support the conservation work of the Saint Louis Zoo, both here and around the world.
  • Please note: We will not have race day registration.

Award Categories

Finisher medals for participants in all races!

5K:

  • Overall male and female awards
  • First, second and third place male and female awards in 15 age categories, ranging from 10 and under to 75+

1-mile Race:

  • Overall male and female awards for 12-and-under participants.
  • First, second and third place male and female awards for 12-and-under participants.

Please note: There will not be an official awards ceremony. Winners can pick up their awards post-race inside the Zoo in Schnuck Family Plaza

PACKET PICKUP INFORMATION

In-Person Packet Pickup

Where*:

  • Big River Running Company West County - 13969 Manchester Road, Manchester MO 63011
  • Big River Running Company South City - 5352 Devonshire Ave, St. Louis, MO 63109

When: Thursday, May 18, 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. OR Friday, May 19, 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.

You must pick up your race packet in person before the race. We will not offer a packet pickup on race day.

Your race packet includes your T-shirt and race bib. Virtual runners will also include a finisher’s medal.

*Runners will select their packet pickup location when they register. Runners may also choose to have their packet mailed to them for an additional fee.

PACKET MAILING OPTION

If you choose to add packet mailing after you have registered and did not opt to have your packet mailed at registration:

  • Log in to your Big River Running Company “Run Signup” profile.
  • Select “Manage Registration" and then click "Manage Add-ons".
  • Once there, you can add the option to have your packet mailed to you. The credit card used to purchase your registration will be charged an additional $10 shipping fee.

Deadline: All “add-ons” for mailed packets must be submitted by 5 p.m. on Monday, May 1 to ensure your Make Tracks Pack will be shipped to you before race day. Packs can still be mailed to those who choose the option after May 1, but we cannot guarantee delivery before race day.

To inquire about event sponsorship opportunities, please email sponsorship@stlzoo.org

Sponsors

St. Louis Children's Hospital

Mid America Chevy Dealers

Heartland Coca-Cola Bottling Company

Prairie Farms Dairy

Big River Race Management