Summer Solstice 5K at the Oregon Zoo

Thursday, Jun 18, 2020 at 7:00pm

Oregon Zoo
4001 South West Canyon Road
Portland, OR 97221

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The loop course, run entirely within the Zoo, will give participants the chance to see the Elephant Lands, the African Rainforest, Pacific Shores and the Primate Forest.

Day of race registration and packet pickup will start at 5 pm just inside the Zoo entrance at the ORRC tables near the Zoo’s Cascade Grill. Please note that everyone attending the event must purchase a Zoo admission wristband from us if not participating in the run. Zoo passes are not valid for after-hours events.

Help create a better future for wildlife – and look good while doing it – by purchasing a Summer Solstice Limited Edition T-Shirt! These premium blend t-shirts will benefit the Portland Chapter of the American Association of Zoo Keepers.

T-shirts will not be available for sale at the event; only available by online pre-order during the registration process when completed by June 6th either with your race registration or separately at the online T-SHIRT STORE link.

Events Schedule:

5:00 pm – 6:45pm  Day-of-race registration & Bib Pick-up (just inside the entrance at Cascade Grill) CREDIT CARD ONLY

6:00 pm Zoo closes for normal visitors (the grounds will remain open for one hour as they sweep out the last guests)

6:45 pm Tot Trot (located at the Elephant Lands)

7:00 pm 5K run/walk starts

7:01 pm Kids’ Fun Run starts

8:15 pm course closes

9:00 pm Zoo closes promptly at 9:00 pm

Course Information:

The 5K course consists of clockwise loops around the zoo. The course starts & finishes in the area between the concert lawn and the Elephant Lands.

Participants will get a chance to run on roads not open to the public during normal operating hours. There are some tight spots on the course and we ask that everyone exercise caution.

At no point during the event will the course direct you onto stairs. There are sections on the course where stairs are available but we ask that you do not cut the course to use them.

Course closes promptly at 8:15pm. All participants need to exit the Zoo by 9pm.

Kids’ Fun Run and Tot Trot

Kids have three different options for participating at Summer Solstice.

Tot Trot

This event for 0-2 years of age will be an out-and-back on the bridge located at the Elephant Lands. Kids will run to and from Forest Hall. The Tot Trot will start promptly at 6:45 pm.

Kids’ Fun Run

This event for 3-11 years of age will be one loop on the 5K course. This event will start immediately after the 5K participants have started.

5K Kids Run

This event is open to all kids able to run/walk a 5K. This event will start promptly at 7:00pm. Absolutely no strollers will be permitted during the 5K event.


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