Registered race participants receive complimentary parking into the zoo on race day. SOUTHBOUND Lanes on Meadowvale will be closed to traffic from 7:30 a.m. – 9:30 a.m. for the 10k race. The northbound lanes on Meadowvale will remain open during this time but expect serious DELAYS!
10k participants MUST arrive before 7:00 a.m. to avoid missing the start of the race. In order to prepare for the 10k event, we will be closing the southbound lanes of Meadowvale Rd at 7:30 a.m.
If you get to Meadowvale after 7:30 a.m. you will miss the 10k race!
5k & Cub Run participants —The 10k race runs on Meadowvale Rd, therefore we must close the road for a short period of time. If you arrive before 8:30 a.m. you may have to wait in your vehicle until the 10k participants have passed. There will be 2,500 people in the 5k so please give yourself 45 – 60 minutes to park your car and get organized before the start of your race!
If you arrive at Meadowvale after 9:45 a.m. you will miss the 5k race!
Parking Timeline on Race Day:
Lot 1 — open until it is full
Lot 3 or 4* — you will be directed to park in lots 3 & 4 after lot 1 fills up.
*Lots 3 & 4 are approximately 700m from the 10k start line so it will take you more than 5 minutes to walk to the start line from there.
Participants leaving the zoo between 10:00 am – 12:30 p.m. can simply show their bib to security upon exiting the parking lot to exit free of charge.
Participants leaving BEFORE 10:00 am or AFTER 12:30 p.m. must pick up a parking pass at Guest Services (near the front entrance) before exiting. Please have your bib ready to provide as proof of participation.
Participants who park in lots 3 & 4 do not need to get a parking pass to exit the lot.
Spectators in a vehicle without a participant must pay for parking — $12.00 per vehicle and can be paid at Guest Services or at admission Kiosk when entering the zoo.
For information on road closures and how to get to the parking lots at the zoo see the ‘Getting There’ section above.
For those that park in Lots 3 & 4, we will have a free Shuttle Bus to take participants back to this parking lot AFTER the race. The shuttle will be a yellow school bus that will pick you up from the passenger drop off loop just outside the main entrance, and drop you off at Lots 3 & 4. This service will begin at 9:30am and will run until 2:30pm.
Bicycle racks are located outside of the Zoo main entrance.