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7th Annual Care to Carry on 5K Run / Walk

Sat April 9, 2022 Philadelphia, PA 19104 US Directions


5K Run

8:00AM EDT - 10:00AM EDT

1 Mile Walk

8:00AM EDT - 10:00AM EDT

Spectator Only Zoo Tickets

8:00AM EDT - 10:00AM EDT


The Philadelphia Zoo
Philadelphia, PA US 19104


We've missed you all, and are excited to be back! We invite you and your family to run, walk, stroll, skip or jump your way through the Philadelphia Zoo to help raise awareness about children’s grief and the support they need to carry on in a healthy way!


Run or walk this mostly flat USATF Certified course through the Nation's Oldest Zoo. This event will be chip timed for runners and starts/finishes near the front of the Philadelphia Zoo. Walkers will begin after runners to ensure a smooth start. Fee includes full-day admission to the Zoo and medals to top-finishers and age group winners. To receive medals, participants must be present at the post event party as we are unable to mail the items. We encourage you to invite your friends and family, all ages welcomed!


*Please note a few changes for this year's event*
A portion of the proceeds will continue to support children's bereavement organizations such as Camp Erin Philadelphia, but also provide funding to launch a new 501(c)3 whose mission will be to financially support several year-round children's bereavement organizations throughout the Greater Philadelphia Area. 

The Care to Carry On 5k Run/Walk event will be following the Philadelphia Zoo's COVID-19 attendance policy and for more information please review the zoo's Visit Information which include reduced capacity, hand sanitizing stations, among other safety measures. As a result, please know that this year's event may not include elements of past events such and may have limited activities - more to come on these details. We appreciate your understanding and continued support.


Race Agenda:
7:00am - 8:00am: Spectator Pass & Packet Pickup, Race Day Registration
8:00am: 5k run / 1-mile walk
9:15am: Awards Presentation


This is a rain or shine event. There are no refunds.


Parking: Please park in the Zoo Garage on Girard Avenue. Zoo parking is not included in your registration/spectator fee, but is available for $17/vehicle. Handicap spaces, and spaces for vans are available in both Tiger Lot and the Parking Garage. You can purchase parking at the Zoo’s Box Office, turnstile kiosks, and upon exiting the parking lot. Zoo members are allowed to use their membership cards for parking during events. More info here.


Packet Pick Up: 7:00am - 8:00am at the Main Entrance
*Closes at 8:00am - Must Pickup before that time*
Please enter the Zoo through the Main Entrance where you will see the packet pickup tables for the pre-registered runners and walkers. You will need to show your registration confirmation page (via your phone or printed copy) to pick up your bib and a zoo wristband. The wristband identifies that you have event access to the Zoo during and after the race. Confirmation emails will be re-sent before race day in case you have misplaced it or cannot find it in your email. If you pre-purchased a Spectator Only Zoo Pass, you will pick this up at the same table.

Race Day Registration: 7:00 - 8:00AM at the Main Entrance
*Closes at 8:00am - Must register before that time*
Race day registration on Saturday is available at the Main Entrance. Here you can register to Run or Walk for $50.00, or purchase a Spectator Only Zoo pass for $23.00.

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