Sunday, August 27th, 2017

Start Time – 8am

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cheetah runningWatch cheetahs do what they do best… run! Don’t miss a special 9:30am Cheetah Run at the Cathryn Hilker Running Yard.



Online registration has ended. You can still register for the 5K run/walk at the Zoo, the morning of the race, starting at 6:30am.

About the Race

Run for a purpose! The Cheetah Run proceeds benefit the Cincinnati Zoo, one of the oldest non profits in the city. Your support helps us continue providing world class care for the animals you love! 

  • Course that winds it’s way through and around the Zoo
  • Shirts & tube socks will be included in each runner’s pre-registration fee (race day registration does not include a shirt.)
  • Chip-timing at the start and finish line that will give real-time, accurate race results
  • Registration includes Zoo admission
  • Special early 9:30am Cheetah Run at the Cathryn Hilker Running Yard
  • Post race refreshments for runners
  • FREE Cub Run for children 12 and under.  No registration required.

Guests of all ages can join the fun during the 3.1 mile run and walk through the beautiful Cincinnati Zoo.  The course will feature the Zoo’s unique gardens and exotic animal exhibits, providing scenery unlike any other venue in town.

Plus, everyone who pre-registers for the Cheetah Run 5k will receive a 2017 Cheetah Run 5k shirt and fun tube socks that are sure to help you speed through the course!

Cheetah Cub Run

Two-year-old group running the Kids "Cub" Run.

Two-year-old group running the Kids “Cub” Run.

After the race, children 12 and under can participate in a FREE Cheetah “Cub” Fun Run.  As a special prize all participants in the Cheetah Cub Fun Run will receive a ribbon when they cross the finish line.


Thank You to our 2017 Supporting Sponsors!
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What time does the event start?
The race begins at 8am.

When and where can I pick up my race number, shirt and timing chip?
You can pick up your race packet on Saturday, August 26  from 10am – 4:30pm at The Running Spot in O’Bryonville OR on Sunday, August 27 beginning at 6:30am at the Zoo.

Where should we park?
Runners and spectators should park in our main parking lot on Vine Street.

Can my family come watch me race?
Yes.  You may bring family members with you as long as they arrive with the runner before the race starts.

Can we stay after the race to enjoy the Zoo?
Yes, please stay and enjoy the Zoo with your family.

Is there a fee for the Cheetah Cub Fun Run?
No.  There is not a fee for the Cheetah Cub Fun Run.  Children 12 and under and welcome to participate in the fun run and will receive a ribbon for their participation.

Can I purchase a shirt the day of the race?
There will be a limited number of shirts available for purchase the day of the race.

Can I run/walk with a stroller?
Yes, strollers are permitted.  For your safety and the safety of others, we encourage participants with strollers to start near the back of the crowd of people running/walking.

Are pets, rollerblades, skateboards or bikes allowed at the race?
Pets are never allowed on Zoo grounds unless they are a service animal.  For the safety of all participants, the use of rollerblades, skateboards and bikes are not permitted.