Big Cat Race 5K - POSTPONED

The race will be rescheduled in 2021. West Palm Beach, FL 33405 US Directions
Go Wild!

Big Cat Race

7:30AM EDT - 9:00AM EDT
Big Cat 5K is postponed to 2021

New Date: The race will be rescheduled in 2021.

Palm Beach Zoo & Conservation Society is temporarily closed to the public, and look forward to opening our gates again! This means many of the Zoo’s premier events, like the Big Cat 5K Race, must be postponed until next year. 

Here Are Your Options:

Dear Big Cat 5K Runner,

Thank you in advance for running with us next year in the 2021 Big Cat Race. Your spot is saved! Your registration fee will guarantee you a reserved bib in the race, and you will not be subject to any increase in fees associated with the registration for the event. 

Please save this email as your record of receipt, and we will contact you with the new date. The animals and staff at Palm Beach Zoo appreciate your support during this unique time. 

Stay safe until we see you again!


Palm Beach Zoo & Conservation Society


Dear Big Cat 5K Runner,

Thank you so much for choosing to donate your registration fee from the postponed Big Cat 5K. 

Your generous donation will go directly to the Wildlife Heroes Fund. This fund helps us continue Palm Beach Zoo’s world-class care for our resident animals, as well as helping the Zoo reopen to the public soon. 

The race will return in 2021, and we look forward to running it with you to support our Big Cats. 

Stay safe until we see you again!




Palm Beach Zoo & Conservation Society


Dear Big Cat 5K Runner,

Thank you so much for your support of the Big Cat Race. It is unfortunate that we are unable to run the race this year, and we look forward to your participation in the Big Cat Race 2021. We will contact you when we have a date for next year’s race. 


Palm Beach Zoo & Conservation Society will reopen to the public soon. Stay safe until we see you again!


Palm Beach Zoo & Conservation Society


Three Cats - One Race - GO WILD!


                                             AccuChip Timing | Sport Tek Shirt |  Awards | Food | 5K

Eco Friendly Collector Finisher Medal | Vanity Bibs | Catnap for a Cause | Free Entry into the Zoo for Spectators

May 12, 2019 - January 31, 2021   -  $30.00
February 1, 2021 - March 31,2021 - $35.00
April 1,2021 - May 3, 2021 - $40.00
Seniors 65 and older - $25.00
Children under 18 - $25.00
Race Day Registration - $45.00
Cat Nap for a Cause - $25.00 - Sleep in but still get a T-shirt!

1st ONLY Masters             Male & Female
1st, 2nd, 3rd Overall         Male & Female
1st, 2nd, 3rd Male             9 & under, 10-14, 15-19, 20-29, 30-39, 40-49, 50-59, 60-69, 70-79, 80+
1st, 2nd, 3rd Female         9 & under, 10-14, 15-19, 20-29, 30-39, 40-49, 50-59, 60-69, 70+
Award winners will be announced from the Stage inside the Zoo by the Fountain. 

Wednesday, April 28, 2021
3:00 p.m. - 7:00 p.m.
Palm Beach Zoo - Main Entrance
1301 Summit Blvd.
West Palm Beach, FL  33405

Thursday, April 29, 2021
3:00 p.m. - 7:00 p.m.
Palm Beach Zoo - Main Entrance
1301 Summit Blvd.
West Palm Beach, FL  33405

All runners who pick up their packet during race packet pick up will receive one complimentary zoo admission (child or adult)  valid for three months from the date of pick up.

If you got your packet in advance, you do not need to check in.  Please be in the starting line area by 7:00 am with your bib on.  Pins will be available near the race day tables.

If you’re picking up your packet on race day, please do so between 5:30 am and 7:00 am at the check in table in the parking lot near the Zoo main entry gate.

5:45 am                  Parking lot opens for runners (Enter from Summit Blvd. - Entry to Dreher Park via Southern Blvd. will be closed)
6:00-7:00 am          Race Day packet pick-up & Race Day Registration ($45 adult, $25 under 18 or Senior), cash or credit card accepted – no personal checks
6:00-7:00 am          Bulk water available near registration to fill personal water bottles
7:10-7:25 am          Pre-Race warm-up
7:30 am                  Starting gun
7:30-9:00 am          Water is available at the water station, at approx. mid-course.
7:35 am                  Friends & Family may enter Zoo to await finishers in the Fountain Plaza (please remain in the Fountain Plaza area until the Zoo opens at 9:00 am)
7:45-9:00 am          Post-race fruit, bagels, bottled water for runners in the Fountain Plaza
8:30 am                  Awards ceremony and drawings

For the safety of all, please follow the directions of the parking attendants.  Parking is available in the main Zoo parking lot until about 6:30am.  Additional parking is available just across Summit Blvd. in lots A, B & C of Dreher Park South.  Allow 10-15 minutes to walk from outer lots and still arrive at check in by 7:00am.  All parking is free.

This run is chip-timed.  Your bib has an electronic chip that starts your timer when you pass the starting line.  We do ask that walkers and slower runners stage a little farther back in the pack to allow faster runners a clear path at the start.  Due to insurance considerations - NO strollers, skateboards, bicycles, wagons allowed on the course, nor pets/animals.

Course Map will be posted in 2021.

All runners registered by April 9, 2021 will have their first name on the Bib.

The new event T-shirt is a Sport Tek - Shirts come in Men's cut and Women's v-neck

Runners arriving on foot, bicycle or car-pool (4 or more runners in a vehicle) can enter into a drawing for a special drawing.  Please look for the volunteer with the entry forms near the parking lot entrance.

We’ll have a running shoe recycling bin near the race-day tables.  Those shoes will be turned into playground surfaces.

Net proceeds from this run help fund the Palm Beach Zoo’s partnership with Wildlife Conservation Society to protect animals in the wild.

If you are interested in volunteering for the race - please contact  

Sponsorship Opportunities are still available - please contact at for more information.

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1301 Summit Blvd.
West Palm Beach, FL US 33405
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