Run Wild at the Cincinnati Zoo

Posted July 9, 2010

CINCINNATI –The Cincinnati Zoo invites you to Run Wild during the Cheetah Run 5K Run and Walk on Sunday, September 5, at 8 a.m. Everyone is invited to join the fun 3.1 mile/5 kilometer run through the beautiful Cincinnati Zoo.  The course features the Zoo’s beautiful gardens and exotic animal exhibits.

The Cheetah run has a brand new course this year, beginning in the Vine Street Village area and winding its way through the Zoo. Also new this year, each runner will be equipped with chip-timing at the start and finish line that will give real-time, accurate race results. Runners will also receive a Dri-Fit shirt that will be included in each runner’s pre-registration fee, with a limited number of shirts available for purchase the day of the race.

After the race, children 12 and under can participate in a FREE Cheetah “Cub” Run within the Zoo. The race starts and ends at the Vine Street Village.  As a special prize all participants in the Cheetah Cub Run will receive a ribbon when they cross the finish line.

If patrons are interested in a genuine Cheetah run, they will be able to experience a demonstration in the newly remodeled Cheetah Encounter Exhibit. There is more space for both cheetah and guest to enjoy. The running demonstration times are Friday through Tuesday, 11:00 a.m. and noon.  The morning of the race, there is a special 9:30 a.m. Cheetah Run demonstration.

The Cheetah Run 5K supporting sponsors this year are Bob Roncker’s Running Spot and Whole Foods. Race registration is available online at or by calling (513) 474-1399 for pre-registration. Entry fees for the Cheetah Run 5K are $25 pre-registration plus shirt for members and $30 pre-registration plus shirt for non-members.  Day of the race registration is $30 and does not include a shirt; however, a limited number of shirts are available for purchase the day of the race. Race packets can be picked up Saturday, September 4th at The Running Spot in O’Bryonville from 10 a.m. – 4 p.m.  You can also pick up your packet the day of the race beginning at 6:30 a.m. at the Zoo. For more information, please visit