4-mile Run/Walk – Run like an Animal!

Run to the Shrine has become an annual Cheyenne Mountain Zoo tradition, and it is the only day of the year that guests are allowed to travel up to the Shrine of the Sun by foot! In addition, Run to the Shrine is an important fundraiser for the Zoo.

Event Details

Run to the Shrine 2021 will not be a timed run/walk. Runners and walkers will have access to start the ascent up Shrine Road from the time they arrive until 6:30 p.m. You will have the option to enjoy Shrine Road and the rest of the Zoo (including animals!) at your pace. Visit Shrine Road, animal exhibits and food outlets at your leisure. Shrine Road will close to pedestrians at 7:30 p.m., so be sure to finish your round trip to the Shrine gate before then.
Capacity for Run to the Shrine has been limited. Advance registration is required; no registrations available at the front gate.
Check-in will be at the front gate from 3:20 p.m. to 5 p.m. Advance registration tickets are required for all run/walk participants and guests, including children 2 & under.
Please be in line to enter the Zoo within 20 minutes after your ticketed time.
– Early arrivals or arrivals later than 20 minutes past your ticketed entry time may not be accommodated. If you arrive early for your time slot, please wait in your car until your entry time begins. Arriving during your designated arrival time will help us manage traffic flow into our parking lot and through the admission gates.
Once you enter the Zoo, you are welcome to stay until the event ends at 8 p.m. Shrine Road access will end at 7:30 p.m.

Spectator tickets must be purchased in advance. No ticket sales at the front gate. Tickets can be reserved via the links provided in the confirmation email sent to registered runners. Spectator tickets do not include access to Shrine Road or any of the benefits of Run to the Shrine registration. These tickets are for CMZoo access during the event only. Only registered participants are permitted on the course above the top of the Zoo.
Jogging strollers are welcome as long as they have the proper safety equipment (tethers and hand brakes required). Strollers without this specific safety equipment will be turned around at the top of the Zoo for safety.

– For the safety of all participants, we do not allow skateboards, roller blades/inline skates/Heely’s®, bicycles or pets on the run course.
Bring your own hydration. Water stations will be limited, for the safety of runners and walkers.
Food and beverages will be available for purchase at the Grizzly Grill.
Your commemorative performance T-shirt, featuring this year’s lemur mascot, will be available for pick up in Lodge at Moose Lake. Donation gifts will also be available in Lodge at Moose Lake, for those who have raised $100 or more.
– This year’s Run to the Shrine will only include access to Shrine Road up to the Will Rogers Shrine of the Sun’s parking lot gate. The Shrine grounds and buildings will be closed during the event.
– All fees are non-refundable. Run to the Shrine will go on as scheduled rain or shine, so please come prepared for inclement weather.
– The race fee is not tax deductible, but any additional donations are tax deductible.

Highlights of Run to the Shrine

Your Entry Fee Includes:
  • A 4-mile course that curves through the Zoo, up to the gate of the Will Rogers Shrine of the Sun and back down into the Zoo.
  • Ascend almost 1,000 feet, with stunning views of Colorado Springs below.
  • Commemorative performance T-shirt, available for pick up in Lodge at Moose Lake during the event.
  • Accommodations for jogging strollers with safety equipment (tethers and hand brakes required) for families.
  • Registration includes admission to the Zoo until the end of the event at 8 p.m.
  • It’s your only opportunity all year to travel the Shrine Road by foot!

Race Day Schedule
(subject to change)

Free Gift for Donations

Make your support of the Zoo go further

Ask your friends and family to join you 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.

By raising $100 or more, you’ll receive a FREE GIFT recognizing your commitment to the Zoo and conservation of wildlife (shown here).

Choose from:
· Long-sleeve performance T-shirt,
· Insulated water bottle, or
· Bamboo utensil set

(Details and instructions for pledges available after you register.)

Entry Fees

Race registrations are limited. Advance registration is required; no registrations available at the front gate.

3/15 - 5/10
*If not sold out
Race Week
5/11 - 5/15
*If not sold out
Adults (ages 18-64)$35$55
Seniors (ages 65+)$25$45
Youths (ages 12-17)$25$45
Children (ages 3-11)$15$25
3/15 - 5/10
*If not sold out
Race Week
5/11 - 5/15
*If not sold out
Adults (ages 18-64)$50$55
Seniors (ages 65+)$40$45
Youths (ages 12-17)$40$45
Children (ages 3-11)$20$25
Refund Policy

– Free member spectator tickets can be returned at any time for another member to use.
– Refunds or exchanges for purchased tickets or runner/walker registrations are not available for any reason.
– Run to the Shrine will take place rain or shine. No refunds or transfers for inclement weather.

COVID-19 Specific Information

ZOO GUESTS ARE REQUIRED TO WEAR MASKS WHEN INSIDE ANY BUILDINGS, due to the mandate by the state of Colorado. We also strongly encourage wearing a mask when within 6 feet of other groups in outdoor areas.
– All COVID-19 precautions will be in place for this event. Learn more about what virus-related changes to expect during your visit here.
– If you or anyone in your party is experiencing symptoms consistent with COVID-19, please stay home and contact us about refund options.
– For more information on the symptoms and how to protect yourself, please refer to the CDC’s website resources.


Interested in volunteering for Run to the Shrine?

To Sign-up

Click the link for the day you would like to volunteer and follow the instructions:
Volunteers opportunities for Saturday, May 15 are full.
Sunday, May 16

If you have any questions, please contact [email protected].

We Invite You to Host an Exhibitor Booth

Run to the Shrine features a family-friendly 4-mile run/walk/stroll, and we want your organization to be a part of it!
· High visibility, low overhead and big fun – the three key elements every organization looks for, Run to the Shrine guarantees all three.
· Connect with one of the MOST POPULAR attractions in Colorado Springs!
· We expect approximately 800 participants, from elite runners to family walkers.

Contact our Special Events Manager at 719-424-7847 or email [email protected] for details.

Sponsorship Information

If you would like to be a sponsor for Run to the Shrine, please contact Jenny Koch at 719-424-7814 or [email protected].

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

Thank you to our generous partners for supporting Run to the Shrine!
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