RACE to the START LINE! Due to overwhelming popularity, there is a Maximum Capacity on ALL events to maintain a safe course & provide participants the best experience possible!  Don’t get left in the dust!  Register NOW…before it sells out!

Limited spots open for Timed Runs. Event Caps: Half Marathon – 700, 10K Timed – 1245, 5K Timed – 2500
5K Fitness & 1 Mile events have a Maximum  Capacity too!

Event entry fees increase $5 per participant beginning April 12 – available Online ONLY! If registration is available on Race Day, May 7, fees increase another $5.

Early Packet Pick-up & Expo:

IPCC website

2401 12th Street NW, Albuquerque, NM 87104

  SATURDAY, MAY 6 |8:00am – 4:30pm
Pick up your BIB Number, Timing Tag (timed events only) T-shirt, Coupons & More!


Event Day: Race Site ONLY! Cut off 30 min. before each event.

Packets can be picked up on Race Day at Late Registration — Please allow 30-45 minutes before your event start time. Visiting Indian Pueblo Cultural Center to pick up your packet is HIGHLY ENCOURAGED.

Children under 3 DO NOT have to register

Run for the Zoo DOES NOT have Group / Team registrations at this time. All participants must register individually.

Corporate Team Sponsorships are available. With three different price levels, these sponsorships include Run for the Zoo entries, VIP tent access, 10×10 vendor if desired, custom Run for the Zoo t-shirts, encouragement signs along the course, and more! If interested, please email events@bioparksociety.org

Run for the Zoo utilizes the ChronoTrack B-Tag Timing System. Disposable timing tag is located on the back of your BIB. With ChronoTrack timing, your official time begins as you cross the Start mat & stops when you cross the Finish line. All timed events are USATF certified. Don’t forget your BIB on event day! Remember, No BIB means No Time!

ChronoTrack BIB Instructions Here →

In order to receive an accurate time, your BIB must be:

  • Clearly Visible on the front of the torso
  • Unaltered and Unmodified. Do NOT fold or wrinkle
  • Pinned in all four corners
  • NOT covered. (jackets, runner belts, water bottles, etc.)

Due to its popularity, the 5K Timed Run utilizes a wave start. There are (4) waves, starting at 5-minute intervals organized according to predicted min/mile pace. Your BIB will state which wave you are placed in. Make sure you are in the CORRECT wave!

  • Wave 1: 9:14 – Faster
  • Wave 2: 9:15 – 10:44
  • Wave 3: 10:45 – 12:40
  • Wave 4: 12:41 +

Transferring to a different TIMED event is only available if your desired event isn’t already sold out.  We will make every effort to switch your event, but only if there is space remaining.  Go to the Troubleshooting table during Packet Pick-up at the Indian Pueblo Cultural Center or on Event Day at least 45 minutes before your event, or the event you are attempting to switch to.

All courses are in the neighborhoods around the Zoo & along the Bosque.

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1 Mile Fun Run / Walk Course takes you on an adventure through the ZOO! 1-Mile participants travel a dirt path through the back of the ZOO. See what life is like behind some of your favorite animal exhibits! Wolves, Polar Bears, Cat Walk, Llamas and Elephants – Oh, my!

Medals are awarded to the top (3) Male & Female age group runners determined by chip time. Overall & Masters (40+) Male & Female awards are determined by gun time. Winners will be awarded the highest level of award for their finish time. No ‘double dipping’. Lower level awards will go to the next fastest runner in that gender/age division.

Overall Winners: Half Marathon, 10K & 5K Timed Races 1st Place Male & Female Champion Medal – 2017 prizes TBD

Masters Winners: Half Marathon, 10K & 5K Timed Races 1st Place Male & Female Champion Medal – 2017 prizes TBD

Half Marathon: All Half Marathon participants will receive finisher medals

Results for the timed events are posted on the awards board, located on the SE corner of 10th St. & Atlantic (just south of the Finish Line) as soon as they are available. Results will also be posted online by 5:00pm on Event Day & may be modified up to two weeks as necessary.

Pick-up your medal at the Awards table, next to the awards board on Event Day.

Pets, Roller Blades, Bicycles & Scooters are not permitted at the event

Half Marathon time limit is 3 1/2 hours from start to finish. NO Walkers!

Baby strollers/joggers/carriers allowed in the 1 Mile & 5K Fitness Events ONLY & must start in the back

Water & portable toilet stations are located on all courses. Water & Portable Toilet stations are located on all courses. Portable toilets also available at the Start & Finish lines. Water provided by Water To Go, potties are courtesy of AAA Pumping.

Half Marathon – 6 Water/Pottie locations

10K – 4 Water/Pottie locations

5K – 3 Water – 4 Pottie locations

1 Mile – 1 Water/Pottie location

Registered nurses are mobile on the course & stationary at the Info Booth with capability to handle any general first aid needs or other medical emergencies. ABQ Fire Department Paramedics are on-site for dispatch as needed. Event Volunteers are wearing specially colored ‘Zoo Crew’ shirts. Please ask for help and report any incident. Police, Volunteers and Paramedics can be reached by radio.

Participants may store items at the Runner Gear Storage truck located on Atlantic Ave. between the Start & Finish Lines. Bags are clearly marked with your BIB number, safely stored inside the truck and claimed after your event by showing your BIB.

Park & Ride: Be at ease on event day with our FREE Park & Ride Shuttle Service! Now with (2) locations to serve you! Park at the ABQ BioPark Aquarium/Botanic Garden or Albuquerque Little Theatre, then take a shuttle back to your car after the event!

Service Begins: 6:00am Bus

Parking Locations:

  • ABQ BioPark Aquarium & Botanic Garden, 2601 Central NW – Map
  • Albuquerque Little Theatre, 224 San Pasquale Ave. SW – Map

Drop Off: 8th & Silver; then it’s a short “warm-up” walk to the Start Line at 8th & Atlantic.

Return Service: Ends 2:00 pm SHARP! NO exceptions!

  • Pick-up location is 8th St. & Silver (where you were dropped off)
  • Aquarium/Garden Lot ONLY! If you miss the final 2:00pm 8th & Silver return pick-up, take Rio Line Train from the Zoo’s Asia Station (behind Elephants) back to the Aquarium/Botanic Garden. Service Runs: 1:45pm – 3:45pm

If using Park & Ride, allow at least one hour before your event starts. Parking space is limited. Lots will be closed when full. Parking ordinances will be enforced.

Downtown Parking Options: Parking meters are FREE on Sundays! Free & Pay Parking Lots are less than 1 mile from the Start Line. Downtown street parking & lots are the best options for the Half Marathon, 10K Race & 5K Race. Enter Downtown area from Central using streets East of 8th St. Absolutely NO PARKING inside the course!

Participant Drop Off: Drop off’s can be made at 8th & Silver or Downtown outside the race course. Large groups should plan designated meeting areas. Do NOT drop off participants at Park & Ride lots.

The course is closed to ALL vehicular traffic. Handicapped parking is available at Aquarium/Botanic Garden & Albuquerque Little Theatre. Take the FREE Park & Ride service to 8th & Silver, about five blocks from the Start Line.

Your BIB (Event Number) allows you FREE entrance into the Zoo on event day. If you did not register for an event, you must purchase admission ticket to get into the Zoo.

The event will not be cancelled. We will run, walk & have fun, rain, snow or shine!

NO refunds will be given on race entry fees or VIP tent access.  No exceptions.  You may transfer your registration to another person.

Please remember, 100% of net proceeds go back into the ABQ BioPark facility!

Huning Castle, Barelas, Raynolds & West Park Residents. Run for the Zoo is ‘running’ through your neighborhood. For the safety of our participants and volunteers, the course will be closed to non-emergency vehicular traffic starting at 6am.

The Neighborhood Notice contains course maps, alternate routes and suggestions how best to exit your neighborhood. Click to View Neighborhood Notice