The Toronto Zoo opened its gates to animal lovers in 1974. Since then, the global extinction rate has soared from one species per year to more than 1,000 per year. Some of the species housed at the zoo no longer exist in the wild.

As a result, Toronto Zoo now has a host of programs designed to save species from extinction.

The Toronto Zoo is dedicated to the financial support of their efforts to conserve species diversity through conservation, education and research. With events like the Oasis ZooRun, 10-kilormetre, five-kilometre Walk and Cub Run, several conservation programs are funded. The run takes place Sept. 22 at the Toronto Zoo.

The five-kilometre start line is located just inside the main entrance. Participants can access the start line beginning at 9:45 a.m., one the 10-kilometre participants have cleared the course. All five-kilometre participants will be organized in coloured corrals based on the expected finishing time you provided on your registration form. Your assigned corral will be indicated by a coloured stripe on your bib. On race day, enter your corral at the coloured flags that correspond to your bib.

Corrals will start four minutes apart to maximize the amount of space participants have at the start, on the course and at the finish line. This is a chip-timed event, so you will still receive your accurate time based on when you cross the start and finish lines.

Five-kilometre Corral Times

Corral Estimated Finishing Time Start Time
Red < 32 mins 10 a.m.
Yellow 33–37 mins 10:04 a.m.
Blue 38–45 mins 10:08 a.m.
Green 46 mins+ 10:12 a.m.

 

For the safety of all participants, baby carriers, skateboards, roller blades, Kangoo Jump shoes, animals and unauthorized bicycles and wheeled devices are not permitted in the race. Baby Strollers are welcome in the five-kilometre event only.  The time limit to complete the five-kilometre course is one hour and 15 minutes.

 The 10-kilometre, five-kilometre and Cub Run events will finish at the same location, just before the path to the Canadian Domain. Click here for spectator directions to the finish area. The finish line is located approximately one km from the entrance to the zoo. The area is used because it is both big enough to accommodate the number of participants and spectators, while not interfering with the participants on the course.

The 10-km start line is located in the zoo’s main parking lot in section E. All participants will be organized in coloured corrals based on your expected finish time, provided on your registration form. Your assigned corral will be indicated by a coloured stripe on your bib. On race day, enter your corral at the coloured flags that correspond to your bib.

Corrals will start three minutes apart to maximize the amount of space participants have at the start, on course and at the finish line. This is a chip-timed event so you will still receive your accurate time based on when you cross the start and finish lines.

10-km Corral Times

Corral Estimated Finishing Time Start Time
 Red < 51 mins 8a.m.
 Yellow 52–59 mins 8:03 a.m.
 Blue 1:00 8:06 a.m.
 Green 1:01–1:20 8:09 a.m.
 Purple 1:21+ 8:12 a.m.

 

All the zoo run courses are very scenic, however, please be prepared for a number of hills, including the one right before the finish line.

Register early, as there is only space for 2,500 runners. The five-km and 10-km race has space for 2,500 participants each.

Visit canadarunningseries.com/oasis-zoorun for Cub Run details for kids aged 2-10.