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REGISTER | Go dashing through the Zoo during the Polar Paws and Santa Claws 5K

The 5K race/walk is Sunday, Dec. 15 and includes admission to Lights Before Christmas.
Credit: Toledo Zoo

TOLEDO, Ohio —


You can go dashing through the Toledo Zoo and catch the Lights Before Christmas on Dec. 15 during the Polar Paws and Santa Claws 5K race and walk

The 4 p.m. event takes participants through the zoo and surrounding neighborhoods with a finish in the zoo‘s Main Plaza. Kids can also take part in the untimed Kids' Cub Run at 3 p.m.

5K PRICE: $35 per 5K registrant through Nov. 17. $45 from Nov. 18-Dec. 15. Prices include race and admission to Lights Before Christmas presented by KeyBank. Registration is nonrefundable after Nov. 30.

KIDS’ CUB RUN: 3 p.m.
AGES: 0-4, 5-8, 9-12, races will not be timed and all participants receive finisher ribbon and ice slide pass.
ROUTE: Completely within zoo
PRICE: $15 through Dec. 15

Participants will have free parking in the Anthony Wayne Trail lot.

Each 5K participant will receive technology-friendly gloves and a Toledo Zoo insulated cup, along with post-race holiday refreshments. The first 600 will also receive a commemorative finisher medal. The 5K walk is noncompetitive, not timed and not eligible for awards.

Collectible ornaments and honorary Zoo PAL sponsorship awards will be given to the overall top three male/female finishers and the overall master male/female (40+). Additional awards will be given to the top three male/female in each of 16 age categories, under 10 through 80+.

Spectators will receive the following discounted admission rates to Lights Before Christmas:

  • Adult spectator/chaperone fee: $10 (ages 12 and up)
  • Child spectator fee $7 (ages 2-11)

Spectators must enter the Zoo by 4 p.m. or full Lights Before Christmas admission applies.

Broadway Street and parking lot will be close at 3:30 p.m. and reopen as quickly as possible after the start of the race/walk.
Neighborhood roads will also be temporarily blocked off, but will re-open as participants move through.
Runners will enter the zoo and make a loop around Tembo Trail before finishing in the Main Plaza.


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