Throo the Zoo 5K

Saturday, November 13, 2021 Louisville, KY 40213 US

Dash on over to the Zoo to take part in Louisville’s only road race that doesn’t just go around the Zoo but actually “Throo” the Zoo. Enjoy an early morning adventure where you watch as the Zoo wakes up! Join us on November 13th at 8:00 am for one amazing Louisville Zoo experience.


Your registration fee includes a one-of-a-kind race experience, a commemorative t-shirt, unique finishers medal, post-race refreshments, entry to win door prizes, and a FREE ticket to come back and visit the Zoo at a more leisurely pace! Register today before the price goes up! 

Through  September 30: $30
October 1 – November 6: $35
November 7 – November 12: $40
November 13 – Race Start: $50

* Children in strollers are free, but do not receive a t-shirt, race bib, commemorative finishers medal, or free ticket for a return visit.

Race Swag

Check out this years awesome race swag! All racers will receive our commemorative finishers medal. In-person racers will also receive a free cotton t-shirt with the option to upgrade to a tech shirt. Racers choosing to participate virtually may add either shirt on to their registration for a small fee. 


Your race experience will take you past many of your favorite animals and exhibits. While the route will Start and Finish just outside the Zoo, the race will allow you to dash past many of your favorite animal ambassadors.  Along the way you can wave to polar bears, race beneath the primate passages at Colobus Crossing, and sore past the flamingo flock!

Participants will sign up for a wave start time, with the first wave being reserved for any participants who would like to win an age group award or compete competitively. All participants will have 1 hour to complete the course. The finish line area will officially close at 9:30 am.

Packet Pick-up

We encourage all participants to pick up their packets prior to race morning to ensure a smooth and stress-free race day. For maximum convenience there will be two packet pick-up sessions. Once again this year we'll be offering drive-thru packet pick-up in the bus parking lot of the Louisville Zoo (1100 Trevilian Way, Louisville, KY 40213).  Simply pull up to our race volunteers, who will be able to look up your race info and provide your race bib and T-shirt. You are allowed to pick up for friends, family, or coworkers with their permission.

  • Thursday, November 11: 5 p.m. to 7 p.m.
  • Friday, November 12: 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. 
Race Restrictions

To ensure that the race is safe and enjoyable for all participants, we do have a few guidelines we ask that all participants abide by:

  • No pets
  • No bicycles
  • No skates
  • Strollers ARE welcome
COVID-19 Precautions

While we are cautiously optimistic that we will be able to hold an in-person Throo the Zoo on November 13, we are monitoring the CDC and state guidelines regarding events and masking. Any safety updates will be provided via email and social media prior to race morning.

Costume Contest

Let your imagination run wild and dress in your favorite animal costume! Runners with the most creative costume will receive a prize pack from our generous sponsors.  It's easy to participate:

♦  Dress in costume for the run.
♦  Take a photo after the race has ended before you leave.
♦  Share it on the Zoo’s Facebook post for submissions on the day of the race.
♦  The Zoo will share submissions for voting starting on Monday, November 15.

Race Contact Info

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