2019 Run Day Schedule
||10K Packet Pickup and Baggage Check are OPEN. Baggage Truck will leave at 7:40am sharp to get your bags to the finish!
||Cub Run Packet Pickup is OPEN — No Cub Run baggage check
||Oasis ZooRun 10K Start
||5K Packet Pickup and Baggage Check are OPEN
||Oasis ZooRun Cub Run Start
||Oasis ZooRun 5K Start
||Oasis ZooRun 5K Awards Ceremony & Kids Costume Contest
Admission Information for Race Morning
Registered race participants receive complimentary entrance into the zoo on race day. Please have your bib ready to provide as proof of participation when entering the main gate.
Spectators can enter the zoo for half price on race day from 7:30–11:30 a.m. Click here for Zoo admission rates.
*Location to Come
Hours of Operation
Thursday, September 19th from 12:00 p.m. – 7:00 p.m.
Friday, September 20th from 12:00 p.m. – 7:00 p.m.
Important: Bib number and corral colour will be provided to you in our last-minute information e-mail on Tuesday, September 17th, 2019 at 12:00 p.m. EST.
Please bring a printout of your last-minute information e-mail with your bib number OR original registration email confirmation and/or a piece of photo ID to packet pickup.
A friend or family member can pick up your packet provided they:
- know your bib number and have a letter or e-mail giving them permission to pick-up your race kit OR
- have your confirmation email
Directions & Parking
PLEASE GIVE YOURSELF LOTS OF TRAVEL TIME — We strongly suggest that you plan to arrive before 7:00 am. There will be over 5000 participants arriving at the Zoo via Meadowvale on race morning.
The Toronto Zoo is located north of Hwy 401 on Meadowvale Road in Toronto. Click here for Map and Directions to the Zoo.
From the 401
Take the Meadowvale Rd exit, travel north and follow the signs for the Toronto Zoo.
From the North
BEFORE 7:30am travel south on Meadowvale Rd — southbound Meadowvale Rd will be closed at Plug Hat Rd from 7:30–9:30am for the 10k race. 5k participants should access the Zoo from Meadowvale Rd & Sheppard Rd.
Participant Drop Off
If you are dropping off a participant, please use the “Passenger Drop Off Loop.” The Passenger Drop Off Loop has its own entrance and is designed for temporary parking while you are dropping off or picking up participants from Zoo. Please exercise caution while in the Passenger Drop Off Loop due to the number of pedestrians and vehicles in the area at the same time.
The Passenger Drop Off Loop will be available until 7:30 am for the 10km event and after 9:00 am for the 5km event
The 85 Sheppard East bus route operates to the Zoo from Don Mills Station and Rouge Hill GO Station on Saturdays, Sundays, and holidays. 85A “Via Toronto Zoo” and 85B “To Toronto Zoo” buses serve the Zoo directly, from about 7am to 8pm. Other 85 Sheppard East buses serve the Sheppard Avenue/Meadowvale Road intersection, where customers can transfer to 86A Scarborough buses for the short trip into the Zoo.
The TTC bus routes that serve the Zoo, as well as Don Mills Station, Kennedy Station, and Rouge Hill GO Station, are accessible to customers who use wheelchairs or other mobility devices.
For more route information, visit the TTC at www.ttc.ca or contact them at 416-393-4636.
By GO Train
The Toronto Zoo is just minutes from the Rouge Hill GO Station. Board a TTC 85 Sheppard East bus to the Zoo right at the station. For GO Train information, please visit www.gotransit.com.
Temporary Traffic Disruptions 7:30am-9:30am
Meadowvale Rd: Plug Hat Rd to Sheppard Ave
Local access available to the Toronto Zoo and Beare Rd Landfill via northbound Meadowvale Rd
Plug Hat Rd: Beare Rd to Meadowvale Rd
Old Finch Ave: Reesor Rd to Meadowvale Rd
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 550m 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.
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.
Bicycle racks are located outside of the Zoo main entrance.
10K Baggage Check
Located beside the 10K start line, which is located in the Zoo’s main parking lot in section E.
- You will check your bag at the Baggage Truck, which will then be transported to the post-race area.
- Bags will be picked up at the post-race area — outside of the finish chute, past the food area on the far side.
10K Baggage Check Schedule
Baggage Drop-off: 6:45 a.m. – 7:40 a.m. sharp
Baggage Pick-up: 8:30 a.m. – 11:30 a.m.
5K Baggage Check
Located inside the Zoo Main Entrance, in front of the carousel. You will pick-up your bag at the same location.
5K Baggage Check Schedule
Baggage Check will be open from 8:30 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.
Baggage Check Rules
- You must use your clear drawstring bag (image at right) for your Baggage! Absolutely no other bags will be accepted. The bag will be included in your race kit and is sized appropriately so that all bags checked on race day will fit in the baggage check areas, ensuring efficiency at both check-in and pick-up.
- Baggage sticker’s will be available at Packet Pick-up and at Baggage Check on race day. You will write your bib number on this sticker. You must attach this sticker to your bag in the box marked “PLEASE AFFIX BAGGAGE STICKER HERE.”
- We strongly recommend that you leave your valuables at home. The Canada Running Series is not responsible for lost or stolen property, including any and all property checked at the Baggage Check.
Donate what you can to the Toronto Zoo at Baggage Check. 100% of the donations will go to the Toronto Zoo.
Baggage Check will close at 11:30 a.m. for the 10K, and 12:00 p.m. for the 5K. ANY bags not claimed by this time will be available for pick up at the Zoo’s Guest Services. If you have any questions about Baggage Check please contact Canada Running Series.
Post-Race Party Site
Featuring Oasis Juice and Liberté!
Race shirts from past Canada Running Series events will also be available to purchase. Get yours at the CRS tent for $5 each or 3 for $10 (cash only).