Oct 19

Register NOW for Busch Gardens’ Run for Wildlife 5K Before Registration Goes Up!

Race through Busch Gardens Tampa in the 2nd Annual Run for Wildlife 5k on Saturday, Nov. 21. Participants of all ages get the chance to rise with the animals and run through the park early in the morning, all while supporting animal conservation efforts here at Busch Gardens and worldwide.

Be sure to register early for the best deal on tickets! Now until Oct. 31, runners can register for $40. After Nov. 1, registration is $50. Registration is currently open and runners must register in advance. Participants cannot register the day of the event.

Guests will run through the park for most of the 3.1 miles with animal and character high fives along the way. Participants are encouraged to bring family and friends along to compete against each other. The top male and female finishers will be recognized as part of an award ceremony following the race.

Other perks include post-race admission to Busch Gardens, valid for Saturday, Nov. 21, a dri-fit race shirt, complimentary refreshments at the finish line, and exclusive access to the Moroccan Village after the race begins.

Spectators are welcome at the start/finish line in parking lot D. However, only registered 5k runners will have access in the park during the run and receive complimentary admission to Busch Gardens following the race. Registration packet pick up will be available on Thursday, Nov. 19 from 4 to 7:30 p.m. and Friday, Nov. 20 from 8:30 a.m. to 7:30 p.m. at the Busch Gardens Human Resources Office, located at 3605 E. Bougainvillea Ave. in Tampa. Race day packet pick up is not available.

This year’s event focuses on one of the American Zoological Association’s (AZA) key species – the cheetah.

Cheetahs are included on both the International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN) list of vulnerable species as well as on the U.S. Endangered Species Act list of threatened species. Busch Gardens Tampa supports the conservation of and education about cheetahs through the SeaWorld & Busch Gardens Conservation Fund, which has donated nearly $100,000 to cheetah efforts in Africa since 2005 and also helps fund conservation programs for white rhinos, marine animals and many other species around the world.