Run to the Shrine

Run Like An Animal!

4-Mile Run/Walk

 
Cheyenne Mountain Zoo invites world-class runners and families alike to Run to the Shrine.
 
Run to the Shrine features:

  • A new 4-mile (~6.4K) run/walk course.
  • The new course curves through the Zoo, up to the Will Rogers Shrine of the Sun and back down into the Zoo.
  • Enjoy some of the most stunning views in the Pikes Peak region.
  • The Race concludes with a party at Lodge at Moose Lake.
  • Your registration includes admission to the Zoo for the rest of the day – up to a $19.75 value for non-members!


Run to the Shrine is a great opportunity for both competitive racers and casual walkers to show their support for the Zoo, which is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization that receives no tax support. We rely on our admissions, memberships, donations and events like this to keep the Zoo “running” and support our many conservation efforts and education programs.

Run to the Shrine also offers the only opportunity all year to travel the Shrine Road by foot!


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Post-Race Results

Check here for your 2017 Race results!

 

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To Register


Please check back for 2018 dates and pricing.


 

RACE DAY SCHEDULE:

(Times/Locations subject to change)

  • 7:30 a.m. – Registration Opens – Registration located in the Cheyenne Mountain Zoo south parking lot
  • 8:30 a.m. – Race Starts
  • 8:30 a.m. – 11 a.m. – Post-Event Celebration, at Lodge at Moose Lake

 

Your entry fee includes:

  • a commemorative Run to the Shrine performance T-shirt with our 2018 animal mascot,
  • chip timing for all runners/walkers,
  • entry to the Post-Race Expo following the race,
  • a chance to take home a one-of-a-kind poo medal, awarded to our 1st-, 2nd- and 3rd- place finishers, for both men and women, and
  • AND admission to the Zoo for the rest of race day (up to a $19.75 value for non-members)!

 

Free gift for donations!

Make your support of the Zoo go even further! Ask your friends and family to join you in the support of Cheyenne Mountain Zoo by pledging a donation. All donations will support important programs like:

  • the care and enrichment of our animals,
  • on-grounds breeding of endangered species like black-footed ferrets and Wyoming toads,
  • conservation projects around the world, and
  • education programs to foster a love of wildlife in our local youth.

When you raise $100 or more to support Cheyenne Mountain Zoo, you’ll receive a FREE GIFT, recognizing your commitment to the Zoo and conservation of wildlife.
Choose from:

  • Long-sleeve performance shirt
  • Insulated water bottle
  • Bamboo utensil set

You’ll be given more details and instructions on inviting your friends and family to pledge after you register.


 

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Schedule of Events

On Race Day:

  • 7:30 a.m. – Registration Opens – Registration tent located in the Cheyenne Mountain Zoo south parking lot
  • 8:30 a.m. – Race Starts
  • 8:30 a.m. – 11 a.m. – Post-Event Celebration, at Lodge at Moose Lake

Packet Pick-up:

Pre-registered participants can pick up their race materials on event day starting at 7:30 a.m. at the entrance to the Cheyenne Mountain Zoo south parking lot.

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Rules, Regulations and FAQs

  • Jog/run/walk participants will be timed individually based on participating age categories.
  • Only registered participants permitted on run course. If not registered for the run, regular Zoo admission is required.
  • From out of town? Visit our Stay and Play page.
  • For the safety of all participants, we do not allow skateboards, roller blades/inline skates/Heely’s®, bicycles or pets on the run course. Jogging strollers are welcome for the race – check FAQs for specific details.
  • All fees are non-refundable. Run to the Shrine will go on as scheduled rain or shine, so please come prepared.
  • The race fee is not tax deductible, but any additional donations are tax deductible.
  • Run T-shirts cannot be guaranteed to those who register on race day.
  • The Will Rogers Shrine of the Sun is not open during the race because we need participants to complete the race in our allotted time for the road closure. With your race registration, however, you receive complimentary Zoo admission for the rest of the day, which also includes admission to the Shrine. Feel free to drive up after the road reopens to vehicle traffic and spend as much time as you like!
  • View or print a Frequently Asked Questions page here.
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Course Map & Parking

COURSE MAP

Run to the Shrine Course Map 2017 PDF
(NOTE: 2018 Course Map is subject to change.)
 

PARKING

Race participants should park at the Zoo.

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Awards

Awards presented at 10 a.m. at The Lodge at Moose Lake.

Female
Overall – 1st-, 2nd-, 3rd- place

Male
Overall – 1st-, 2nd-, 3rd- place

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Post-Race Celebration Vendors

2018 Run to the Shrine vendors coming soon!

Celebrate with vendors from 8 a.m. – 11 a.m. at Lodge at Moose Lake!
 
If you are interested in becoming a vendor for Run to the Shrine, please email rgraves@cmzoo.org.

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Become an Exhibitor

We Invite You to Host an Exhibitor Station


Cheyenne Mountain Zoo’s Run to the Shrine features a family-friendly 4-mile run/walk/stroll. We want your organization to be a part of it! High visibility, low overhead and big fun are the three key elements every organization looks for when participating in an event and Run to the Shrine guarantees all three.

Connect with the MOST POPULAR attraction in Colorado Springs! We expect hundreds of participants, from elite runners to family walkers, for this one-of-a-kind event. The Zoo invites you and your staff to participate in this year’s event by hosting an Exhibitor Station.

Please call our Events Manager at 719-424-7847 or email rgraves@cmzoo.org.

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Volunteer

Volunteers Needed!

We need volunteers to ensure a safe and fun event for the participants and spectators. Receive FREE Zoo admission following the event and a Run to the Shrine volunteer t-shirt for your service. Positions include registration, water stations, finish line and more. All volunteers must be 18 years of age or older. Specific check in times will be provided as we get closer to event day, but plan on checking in at or before 5:30 a.m.!

Please email or call edprograms@cmzoo.org or 719-424-7827 for more information.
 

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Sponsorship Info

If you are interested in becoming a sponsor for Run to the Shrine, please contact Jenny Koch at 719-424-7814 or jkoch@cmzoo.org.

All proceeds from Run to the Shrine benefit Cheyenne Mountain Zoo.