Your safety while participating in the WCS Run for the Wild is our greatest concern. We are asking for your cooperation with security procedures and advising that all participants and spectators will be subject to bag searches at all points of entry to the Bronx Zoo. In order to expedite the process, we strongly advise that you limit what you bring into the park and if possible, leave items in your vehicle. Your cooperation is greatly appreciated.
As always, we strongly encourage you to be green and car pool or use public transportation. Together, we can make a difference!
SUBWAY 2 Train5 Train
#2 or #5 train to the Pelham Parkway/White Plains Road stop. Walk west to the Bronx River entrance (closest location to registration). You can use the West Farms Square/East Tremont Ave stop and take Boston Road 2.5 blocks to the zoo’s Asia gate entrance. We strongly recommend the Pelham Parkway/White Plains stop for its proximity to the start line and event activities.
CAR Driving instructions are available here.
8:00 a.m. 5K Run
GPS address – 2300 Southern Boulevard, Bronx, NY 10460
Please use the Southern Boulevard parking entrance, exit 7W on the Bronx River Parkway. Parking gates will open at 6:45 a.m. Guides and signs will direct you to the Start area. Shuttle transportation will be available until 7:30 a.m.
8:45 a.m. Family Fun Run/Walk
GPS address – intersection of Bronx River Parkway and Boston Rd, Bronx, NY 10460
Please use the Bronx River parking entrance, exit 6 on the Bronx River Parkway. Parking gates will open at 7:00 a.m.
A Bronx Zoo map showing the parking entrances, starting line, and Run course is available here.
Check-in begins at 7:00 a.m. for both the 8:00 a.m. 5K Run and the 8:45 a.m. Family Fun Run/Walk. We recommend you arrive as early as possible. Check-in closes at 8:10 a.m. for the 5K Run and at 8:55 a.m. for the Family Fun Run/Walk.
Check-in procedure will depend on whether you reached your $30 minimum fundraising requirement.
IF YOU REACHED MINIMUM ONLINE BEFORE APRIL 6TH:
You should have already received your bib and t-shirt in the mail. Your race bib will serve as your ID to get into the Bronx Zoo and you can proceed directly to the start area. In the event that you have not received it by mail, please check in at the Day of T-Shirt and Bib Pick Up Tent.
IF YOU REACHED MINIMUM ONLINE AFTER APRIL 6TH:
At Bronx River Parking Lot: Please report to the Day of T-Shirt and Bib Pick Up Tent. You will need to print and bring your prize notification email or Participant Center page to receive your bib and t-shirt. T-shirts will also be available post run on Astor Court.
At Southern Boulevard Lot: Please report to the Express Check-in located adjacent to the baggage claim area. You will need to print and bring your prize notification email or Participant Center page to receive your bib. T-shirts will be distributed post run on Astor Court.
Asia Entrance (those using the West Farms train stop) Please report to the Bib Pick Up and Pledge tent. You will need to print and bring your prize notification email or Participant Center page to receive your bib. T-shirts will be distributed post run on Astor Court.
IF YOU DO NOT REACH YOUR MINIMUM ONLINE:
At Southern Boulevard and Asia entrances, please report to the Bib Pick Up Tent to submit your donations and receive your bib. At Bronx River entrance, please report to the Pledge Tent to submit your donation. $30 is the mandatory minimum fundraising requirement for this event. Without a bib, you will not be permitted to participate in the Run or have access to the zoo exhibits. In the event that we need to expedite the check-in process, you may be asked to pick up your t-shirt after the Run on Astor Court.
All Media, WCS Trustees, and Conservation Patrons may check in at the VIP Check-In Tent.
Check in at Bronx River entrance at the Sponsor Express Line. (Con Edison, Montefiore Medical Center, Empire Blue Cross Blue Shield, Monroe College, ABC, and Z-100).
Please make sure your race bib is visible at all times. Your race bib allows you entry to the zoo, admission to Congo Gorilla Forest, access to the breakfast area, a 10% discount at the Bronx Zoo gift shops, a discount on Total Experience passes (for unlimited rides and attractions) and a discount on Premium or higher level WCS Memberships.
TEAM MEETING AREA
Team members arriving separately can meet at the Team Meeting by the totem pole in the Bronx River Lot.
The WCS Run for the Wild schedule and a listing of post-Run activities is available at the WCS Run for the Wild website.
BAG CHECK-IN & CLAIM
There will be limited bag check-in 7:00 a.m. – 11:30 a.m. (no strollers, wallets or cell phones, please). Baggage check-in and claim will be available in the Bronx River parking lot and the Southern Boulevard parking lot.
Strollers are permitted in the 8:45 a.m. Family Fun Run/Walk. Those with jogging strollers are asked to stand towards the end of the starting line.
Please be advised that the WCS Run for the Wild event will be photographed, filmed or videotaped or otherwise recorded for future use. WCS, its sponsors and Lead Dog have the non-exclusive right to record your likeness participating in the Run for the Wild event and to use your likeness in all media worldwide in perpetuity, without remuneration, for WCS’s, its sponsors and Lead Dog’s institutional, educational, and promotional purposes..
Limited spectator space is available. Spectators can purchase tickets at the zoo entrances. Spectators are restricted to the Finish Area in Fountain Circle until the completion of the 5K Run. Discounted Total Experience tickets or General Admission tickets can be purchased online in advance. Member spectators need to have their valid membership ID to gain access to the zoo.
ON-SITE PLEDGE COLLECTION
The cash and check donations that you’ve collected can be handed in at the Pledge Tent, located in the Bronx River parking entrance. You can also make additional cash, check or credit card donations that will count toward your fundraising prizes.
FUNDRAISING & RUNNER PRIZES
If you have qualified for prizes based on your personal fundraising success, you will need to print your prize notification email or your Personal Page status and bring it with you on the day of the Run to claim your prize(s). Prizes will be available during post-Run activities in the zoo. You can pick up your prizes at the Schiff Family Great Hall, located behind the Madagascar! exhibit. If you are dropping off donations on site, you will receive an updated certificate reflecting your qualified level of prizes at the Pledge Tent. Click here to see the fundraising prizes.
*Remember, fundraising prizes are awarded to individuals, not teams.
Top Runner Prizes: The first three men and first three women to cross the finish line will receive prizes. We ask that you are available for photos at the Winner’s Circle.
Thank you for participating in this event. We look forward to seeing you on Saturday morning.