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Run Wild at the Zoo

Join us for the Ascension St. John ZooRun presented by CommunityCare on Saturday, April 22, 2023.

Now in its 53rd year, ZooRun is the second-oldest running event in Tulsa. With a 5k, 10k and Ascension St. John 1-mile FunRun, there is a pace for everyone.

Pricing

Early Bird  Jan. 1 – Apr. 15

  • Ascension St. John 1-mile Fun Run: $25
  • 5k: $30
  • 10k Run: $40 
  • Virtual 5k: $30
  • T-Shirt Only: $25

Race Week  Apr. 16 – Apr. 21

  • Ascension St. John 1-mile Fun Run: $30
  • 5k: $35
  • 10k Run: $45 
  • Virtual 5k: $35
  • T-Shirt Only: $25

Race Day  Apr. 22

  • Ascension St. John 1-mile Fun Run: $35
  • 5k: $40
  • 10k Run: $50 
  • Virtual 5k: $40
  • T-Shirt Only: $25

Entry fees include a race t-shirt, race bib, finisher medal or ribbon, access to post-race hospitality area and free entry into the zoo afterwards.
All ages are welcome and strollers can be included in the Ascension St. John Fun Run and 5k Run.

School Group Registration
The Tulsa Zoo is proud to support our local area school districts with special discounts, school rebates and cash prizes for groups with the most racers! If you want to take part, please contact our Race Director, Leona R. Ball, at 918-669-6223 or [email protected] and learn how! 

Family and Friends
Spectators are welcome to cheer runners along at the finish line and enjoy free entry into the zoo afterwards. 

All attendees need to be inside the zoo by 10 a.m. with no re-entry privileges allowed.

Please allow at least 20 extra minutes to your normal driving time for race day traffic. The Mohawk Park entrance is off East 36th Street North which can be accessed via Harvard, Yale, Sheridan (usually the busiest) or Highway 169.

All participants and spectators need to be inside the Mohawk Park gates and parked by 8:20 am. Because this is a safety issue, no exceptions or refunds will be given due to late arrival. Gates will re-open at 10 am.

There are two ways to access the main zoo parking lot on race day:

  • Off 36th Street North through Mohawk Park main entrance (gps address: 4099 Chickasaw Drive, Tulsa Ok 74115)
  • Alternate zoo entrance – Turn on North Winston Avenue west of Yale Avenue off East 36th Street North. Winston Avenue merges with Mohawk Boulevard. Follow Mohawk Boulevard around the golf course and into the zoo parking lot.

 

Please Note: Due to the course location, Mohawk Park Gates will be CLOSED with no access from 8:20 am – 10:00 am.

No exceptions or refunds will be given for late arrivals as this is a matter of safety. Please add extra time to your travel plans.

• If you need to leave before the gates re-open, please use Creek Dr.

7 a.m. – Registration/packet pick-up opens
7:30 a.m. – Pre-race warm up
8 a.m. – Ascension St. John 1-mile Fun Run begins
8:00 a.m. – Ascension St. John Fun Run Fun Zone and 5k/10k hospitality areas open
8:20 a.m. – Mohawk Park gates closed – All cars must be parked
8:30 a.m. – 5k run begins
9 a.m. – 10k run begins

Course Maps

The 5k and 10k races are certified by USA Track & Field. The 5k and 10k races begin in Mohawk Park and finish inside the Tulsa Zoo near the playground.

The Ascension St. John 1-mile Fun Run takes place entirely on zoo grounds.

Maps coming soon

Activities

Join us for post-race hospitality which will include the Ascension St. John Fun Run Fun Zone, refreshments and tasty treats for the runners, music, inflatables and more.

After the races, runners and their families are welcome to enjoy the zoo for the rest of the day (must enter the zoo by 10 a.m. No re-entry allowed)

Awards

Children participating in the Ascension St. John Fun Run will receive a specialty finisher ribbon at the finish line.

All 5k and 10k race runners who cross the finish line will receive a 2023 ZooRun finisher medal, with special announcements and additional prizes awarded to the top three winners.

The top three finishers in both large and small school group divisions will also receive trophies and prizes.

Official results will be posted on Monday, April 24, by noon.

FAQ

Ascension St. John ZooRun presented by CommunityCare is THE family-friendly race in Tulsa. With a 5k, 10k and Ascension St. John 1-mile FunRun, there is a pace for everyone. Now in its 53rd year, ZooRun is the second-oldest running event in Tulsa. 

Runners will receive a t-shirt in their preferred size if they register by Friday, March 31st. T-shirt size and availability will be on a first come, first served basis after that.

Yes! Strollers are allowed in our Ascension St. John 1-mile Fun Run and 5k run ONLY. Please stage yourself at the back of the pack for the safety of the other runners. You will not need to register your child if they stay in the stroller for the race.

The 5k and 10k run will be timed using electronic timing via an attached one-time-use bib tag. All runners and walkers in these races must wear this tag to the front of their shirts to receive a time and finish result.

No. Starting lines for all races are located near the front entry of the Tulsa Zoo. The 5k and 10k races end near the Helmerich Playground. The Ascension St. John 1-mile Fun Run finish line is located by the penguin exhibit.

Yes, but please note that the Ascension St. John 1-mile Fun Run finish line and the 5k start line are located on opposite ends of the zoo. No refunds will be given if you are late to the 5k start line.

There will not be a scheduled rain date. In case of rain or severe weather, no refunds will be given, and all registration and sponsor fees will be considered a tax-deductible donation minus goods and services.

The gates close at 8:20 am on race day for the safety of the runners. The 5k begins in Mohawk Park at 8:30 am, so all cars must be parked in the zoo lot before that time. No exceptions or refunds will be given due to late arrival. Gates re-open at 10 am.

YES! Families can enter the zoo for free until 10 am to cheer runners on at the finish line and enjoy a day at the zoo afterwards. Re-entry after 10:00 am is subject to added fees.

Yes! It takes over 100 volunteers to make our race a success. Please contact our Volunteer Manager, Susie Webb at [email protected] or 918-669-6222 for more information. 

Please contact our race director, Leona R. Ball, for more information: [email protected] or 918-669-6223.

Yes! Please contact our race director, Leona R. Ball for more information: [email protected] or 918-669-6223.

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