Big Cat Race 5K - May 2, 2020

1301 Summit Blvd.
West Palm Beach, FL 33405

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Event Description

                                             AccuChip Timing | Sport Tek Shirt |  Awards | Food | 5K

Eco Friendly Collector Finisher Medal | Vanity Bibs | Catnap for a Cause | Free Entry into the Zoo for Spectators

May 12, 2019 - January 31, 2020   -  $30.00
February 1, 2020 - March 31,2020 - $35.00
April 1,2020 - May 3, 2020 - $40.00
Seniors 65 and older - $25.00
Children under 18 - $25.00
Race Day Registration - $45.00
Cat Nap for a Cause - $25.00 - Sleep in but still get a T-shirt!

1st ONLY Masters             Male & Female
1st, 2nd, 3rd Overall         Male & Female
1st, 2nd, 3rd Male             9 & under, 10-14, 15-19, 20-29, 30-39, 40-49, 50-59, 60-69, 70-79, 80+
1st, 2nd, 3rd Female         9 & under, 10-14, 15-19, 20-29, 30-39, 40-49, 50-59, 60-69, 70+
Award winners for Masters and Overall will be announced from the Stage inside the Zoo by the Fountain.  All other award winners can pick up their award at the awards table by showing their bib number.

Wednesday, April 29, 2020
3:00 p.m. - 7:00 p.m.
Palm Beach Zoo - Main Entrance
1301 Summit Blvd.
West Palm Beach, FL  33405

Thursday, April 30, 2020
3:00 p.m. - 7:00 p.m.
Palm Beach Zoo - Main Entrance
1301 Summit Blvd.
West Palm Beach, FL  33405

All runners who pick up their packet during race packet pick up will receive one complimentary zoo admission (child or adult)  valid for three months from the date of pick up.

If you got your packet in advance, you do not need to check in.  Please be in the starting line area by 7:00am with your bib on.  Pins will be available near the race day tables.

If you’re picking up your packet on race day, please do so between 5:30 am and 7:00 am at the check in table in the parking lot near the Zoo main entry gate.

5:45 am                  Parking lot opens for runners (Enter from Summit Blvd. - Entry to Dreher Park via Southern Blvd. will be closed)
6:00-7:00 am          Race Day packet pick-up & Race Day Registration ($45 adult, $25 under 18 or Senior), cash or credit card accepted – no personal checks
6:00-7:00 am          Bulk water available near registration to fill personal water bottles
7:10-7:25 am          Pre-Race warm-up
7:30 am                  Starting gun
7:30-9:00 am          Water is available at the water station, at approx. mid-course.
7:35 am                  Friends & Family may enter Zoo to await finishers in the Fountain Plaza (please remain in the Fountain Plaza area until the Zoo opens at 9:00 am)
7:45-9:00 am          Post-race fruit, bagels, bottled water for runners in the Fountain Plaza
8:30 am                  Awards ceremony and drawings

For the safety of all, please follow the directions of the parking attendants.  Parking is available in the main Zoo parking lot until about 6:30am.  Additional parking is available just across Summit Blvd. in lots A, B & C of Dreher Park South.  Allow 10-15 minutes to walk from outer lots and still arrive at check in by 7:00am.  All parking is free.

This run is chip-timed.  Your bib has an electronic chip that starts your timer when you pass the starting line.  We do ask that walkers and slower runners stage a little farther back in the pack to allow faster runners a clear path at the start.  Due to insurance considerations - NO strollers, skateboards, bicycles, wagons allowed on the course, nor pets/animals.

Course Map will be posted soon.

All runners registered by April 10, 2020 will have their first name on the Bib.

The new event T-shirt is a Sport Tek - Shirts come in Men's cut and Women's v-neck

Runners arriving on foot, bicycle or car-pool (4 or more runners in a vehicle) can enter into a drawing for a special drawing.  Please look for the volunteer with the entry forms near the parking lot entrance.

We’ll have a running shoe recycling bin near the race-day tables.  Those shoes will be turned into playground surfaces.

Net proceeds from this run help fund the Palm Beach Zoo’s partnership with Wildlife Conservation Society to protect animals in the wild.

If you are interested in volunteering for the race - please contact Erin Hitsman @  

Sponsorship Opportunities are still available - please contact Dustin Bagdasariane at for more information.

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