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Sunday, August 31, 2014

Start Time – 8am

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Pre-registration for the Cheetah Run is now closed.  You can still register for the race at either the Running Spot in O’Bryonville on Saturday from 10am – 4:30pm or on Sunday at the Zoo beginning at 6:30am.  Cost of registration is $40.  

Packet Pick-Up:

Saturday, August 29 from 10am – 4:30pm at The Running Spot in O’Bryonville 

Sunday, August 30 at the Zoo beginning at 6:30am

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NEW for 2014: The Cheetah Run has earned a certification from the Council for Responsible Sport for efforts to reduce the event’s environmental footprint and increase its social impact and is now a Green Certified Event!

About the Race

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.

New this year!  All runners will receive a tail!

New this year! All runners will receive a tail!

The 2014 Cheetah run will feature a challenging course, a performance T-shirt and cheetah tails (NEW this year) to all pre-registered runners and chip-timing at the start and finish line that give real-time, accurate race results.  The race will start and finish in the Safari Camp Parking Lot.

Show us your tail!

Run your tail off and share your #CheetahRun5K race-day photos with us on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.


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 Supporting Sponsors!

The Cheetah Run is now a Green Certified Event through the  Council for Responsible Sport.  With a successful 2013 race, there were many notable implemented initiatives:

  • 98.7% of all waste was diverted from the landfill; this success is due in large part to having trained volunteers at all primary collection points and, of course, the infrastructure the Zoo has in place to support its zero landfill goal.
  • Shrink wrap was collected and taken to Kroger’s for recycling, while the plastic bags bagels were delivered in were collected and given to a local dog park—innovation at its best!
  • Thanks to sponsor Whole Foods, well over 50% of the food and beverages supplied to race participants were produced locally or certified organic.
  • After calculating the carbon footprint of participant travel to and from the event, organizers purchased carbon offsets from Terrapass to offset 50% of travel impact.

With our new certification, here are some ways that participants can help us:

  • Register online.
  • Carpool to the event with friends and family.
  • Compost and recycle after the race.  We will have both compost and recycle stations throughout the post race area where you can recycle water bottles and compost items such as banana peels.

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 30 from 10am – 4:30pm at The Running Spot in O’Bryonville OR on Sunday, August 31 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.