Know Before You Go

Let's Be Safe Together

We are putting in all of the necessary safety measures to ensure that we can have a safe, fun, in-person Run for the Wild. But we can't do that without you. Please review this page for event safety measures and what you can expect on April 30th.

What to Expect on April 30th

There Are Two Courses – a 5K Run Course and a 3K Family Fun Run/walk

In order to space out participants, we will have two courses with different starting times.

  • 5K Run will begin at the Bronx River Entrance. Start time is at 8AM and participants will arrive via the Southern Boulevard and walk to the Start line located at the Bronx River entrance. Get directions via Google maps.
  • 3K Family Fun Run/Walk will begin at the Bronx River Entrance. Start time is 9:30am and participants for the 3K Family Run/Walk MUST use the Bronx River Entrance. Get directions via Google maps.

Please note that the Asia Entrance to the Zoo will not be open for Run. Mass transit users for #2 and #5 trains, use the Pelham Parkway/White Plains stop. Check with MTA schedules in advance.

Health And Safety is a Priority!

We are limiting capacity, but still need your help to keep everyone safe and maintain social distancing

  • Masks: All participants 2 and over will be required to wear a mask at the start line regardless of vaccination status. In addition, participants ages 5+ who remain at the zoo and plan to visit indoor exhibits are required to be fully vaccinated and wear a mask. Review vaccination policies here.
  • Health Screenings: We will be closely monitoring all CDC and NYS guidelines to determine best safety practices. All participants are required to sign waivers during registration that consent to screening requirements.
  • Healthy Hands Stations: Hand sanitizer available at all entrances and throughout the park near food/retail and exhibit areas.
  • All Bronx Zoo visitor policies are in effect. Review all visitor behavior and activity policies.

Staying with us for the day?

While the Run takes place completely outdoors, if you are planning to stay for the day and visit our indoor exhibits, all guests 5+ are required to be fully vaccinated and must wear masks in all indoor areas. Bronx Zoo visitor policies are in effect. Review all visitor behavior and activity policies.

As always, we continue to monitor public health and safety guidelines, as well as NY City and State regulations. Park policies and procedures are subject to change without notice. Be sure to check for updates before your visit.

There Is a Minimum Fundraising Requirement for Adults

As in previous years, there is a $35 minimum fundraising requirement for adults. There is no fundraising minimum for children (3-15 years old).

  • Fundraising minimum must be met by April 6th. If the $35 is not met by April 6th, the credit card used for registration will be charged the difference. For example, if you fundraised $10 by April 6th, your credit card is charged $25. Please note that multiple registrations on one credit card will incur minimum donation charges for any adult registration that has not met the minimum.
  • An email address is required for additional friends or family members that you register in order for them to receive their own fundraising page. If you do not provide an email address during registration, your friends or family members will not be able to fundraise and earn prizes and you will be responsible for ensuring they reach their fundraising minimum.
  • Beginning April 6th, minimum fundraising requirement will be added to the registration fee.
  • T-shirts and race bibs will be mailed beginning April 6th for those who met the minimum fundraising by then. Post April 18th, once meeting the minimum fundraising, you will pick up your bib and t-shirt on site.

Event Changes

For everyone's health and safety, we are eliminating the following:

  • No bag check: Please keep your personal items with you at all times. Leave any unnecessary items in your car. Participants planning to stay at the zoo after the race may return to the car and reenter but must have their race bib visible to do so.
  • No day of registration: Attendance is limited. Registration will remain open until April 29th or the event sells out.
  • No spectators: Due to capacity restrictions, only participants can be at the Bronx Zoo on the morning of April 30th. The zoo will open to the public at 1:00pm.
  • No clock: The Run for the Wild has always been a non-competitive event. Due to staggered start times, we will not have an official time clock at the event.
  • No water station on the course: Water and grab-and-go light refreshments will be provided at the end of the course.
  • Strollers: Only permitted in the 3K Run/Walk.


Participants planning to stay at the zoo after the race may return to the car and reenter but must have their race bib visible to do so.

Be a Responsible Participant & Protect Yourself and Others.

From social distancing behaviors to hand washing, we need all guests to continue to participate in proper healthy behaviors when visiting. Please remember:

  • If you are sick, or have possible symptoms, please stay home and take time to recover.
  • Avoid crowding. Social distancing of 6 feet between your group and others is recommended. Please be patient at busy areas and animal exhibits, and allow other guests to move along before stepping forward or creating crowds.
  • Wash your hands often. Restrooms for washing with soap and water are available across the park, and we've added hand sanitizer stations near exhibits and other gathering areas.
  • Cover your nose and mouth with a tissue or sleeve when sneezing or coughing.
  • Do not touch your face with unwashed hands.

Do Not Bring Scooters.

For everyone's safety, child scooters are never permitted. See our complete list of rules.