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Run Info

2014 Run Day Schedule

6:45–7:55am 10k Packet Pickup with Bibtag timing and Baggage. Baggage Truck will leave at 7:55am sharp to get your bags to the finish!
6:45–11:00am Cub Run Packet Pickup — No Cub Run baggage check
8:15am ZooRun 10k Start
8:45–9:45am 5k Packet Pickup with Bibtag timing and Baggage. 5k baggage check will not move! You will drop-off and pick-up your bags at the same location just inside the entrance to the zoo.
10:00am ZooRun 5k Start
10:10am 10k Awards Ceremony
11:30am Cub Run Start
11:45am 5k Awards Ceremony & Costume Contest

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Packet Pickup

PDFBIB NUMBERS click here

ALL changes (this includes corral changes, participant transfers and data detail changes) will now have to be made at the Help Desk on Thursday, Sept. 18 or Friday, Sept. 19 at the Delta East Hotel (2035 Kennedy Road) or at the Help Desk on race morning located just before the Zoo main entrance.

Packet Pickup for all events (including the Cub Run) will be held at the Delta Hotel Toronto East, located at 2035 Kennedy Road and HWY 401.

We recommend that you please pick up your race packet prior to race day.

IMPORTANT! BIB NUMBER and CORRAL COLOUR will be provided to you in our last minute information e-mail on Tuesday, September 16, 2014 at 12pm EST. Please bring a printout of your last minute information e-mail with your bib number AND/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 have your email confirmation AND/OR a permission letter.

REGISTERING MULTIPLE PARTICIPANTS: each registrant MUST use a different e-mail address to ensure you receive your individual confirmation e-mail/last minute information.

Click here for more information on how to donate your new or slightly used shoes

Mylaps BIBTAG Timing system

Your timing chip or "bibtag" is placed on the back of your race bib. It must be correctly worn for your race time to be accurately captured.

  1. Do not remove the "bibtag" or foam spacer from your bib.
  2. Do not fold your bib or excessively bend or twist the "bibtag".
  3. Wear your bib on your chest/abdomen. Do not wear on your back, side, leg or arm.

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Getting There

PLEASE GIVE YOURSELF LOTS OF TRAVEL TIME — We strongly suggest that you plan to arrive before 7:30am. 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 7:45am travel south on Meadowvale Rd — southbound Meadowvale Rd will be closed at Plug Hat Rd from 7:45–9:15am for the 10k race. 5k participants should access the Zoo from Meadowvale Rd & Sheppard Rd.

By TTC

TTC

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.

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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 7:30–11:30am. Click here for Zoo admission rates.

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Parking

Registered race participants receive complimentary parking into the zoo on race day. Participants leaving the zoo before 12:30pm can simply show their bib to security upon exiting the parking lot to exit free of charge. Participants leaving after 12:30pm must first acquire 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 — $10.00 per vehicle is paid for when exiting the parking lot.

10k Participant Parking

10k participants MUST arrive before 7:30am 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 7:45am.

10k parking instructions:

IMPORTANT:

If you get to Meadowvale after 7:45am you will miss the 10k race!

SOUTHBOUND Lanes on Meadowvale will be closed to traffic from 7:45am–9:15am for the 10k race. The northbound lanes on Meadowvale will remain open during this time but expect serious DELAYS!

For information on road closures and how to get to the parking lots at the zoo see "Getting There" section above.

5k Participant Parking

5k participants — PLEASE do not arrive at the Zoo on race morning until after 8:45am (unless arriving with a 10k participant). The 10k race runs on Meadowvale Rd, therefore we must close the road for a short period of time. If you arrive before 8:45am, you may have to wait in your vehicle until the 10k participants have passed. Please note that 5k packet pick-up will NOT open until 8:45am.

5k parking instructions:

IMPORTANT:

If you arrive at Meadowvale after 9:45am you will miss the 5k race!

SOUTHBOUND Lanes on Meadowvale will be closed to traffic from 7:45am–9:15am for the 10k race. The northbound lanes on Meadowvale will remain open during this time but expect serious DELAYS!

There will be 1,800 people in the 5k so please give yourself 45 minutes to park your car, pick up your race bib if you still need to & get organized before the start of your race!

For information on road closures and how to get to the parking lots at the zoo see "Getting There" section above.

Bicycle racks are located outside of the Zoo main entrance, behind the volunteer check-in area.

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Baggage Check

The only bags that will be accepted at Baggage Check must be a knapsack or smaller due to space limitations.

10k Baggage Check

5k Baggage Check

Baggage Check will close at 11:30am for the 5k, and 12pm for the 10k. ANY bags not claimed by this time will be available for pick up at the Canada Running Series office at 264 The Esplanade, Toronto ON, M5A4J6, during our office hours. Our office hours are Monday through Friday, 9am to 5pm. If you have any questions about Baggage Check please contact .

Click here for more information on how to donate your new or slightly used shoes

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Start Line

10k Start Line Organization

The 10k start line is located in the Zoo's main parking lot in section E.

Corrals

All 10k participants will be organized in coloured corrals based on your expected finishing time provided on your registration form. Your assigned corral will be indicated by a coloured stripe on your bib. On race day, enter your corral at the coloured flags that correspond to your bib.

Wave Start Times

Participants will start in 5 waves with each corral starting 5–6 minutes apart. This system will spread participants out over the course, which can be narrow at times, and allow an enjoyable experience for everyone. This is a chip timed event so you will still receive your accurate time based on when you cross the start and finish lines.

10k Corral Times

10k Corral Estimated Finishing Time Wave Start Time
  Red < 50 mins 8:15am
  Yellow 51–59 mins 8:21am
  Blue 1:00 8:26am
  Green 1:01–1:14 8:32am
  Purple 1:15+ 8:37am

Predicted Finishing Time

Your predicted finishing time is very important to ensure you start the event beside participants of a similar ability. If you are new to running it is sometimes hard to predict your time, here are some guidelines to assist you:

Elite Athletes: Will start at the front of the corrals, as prizing will be awarded based on the official gun time. The official times will be recorded from the start of the race, indicated by the air horn, to the point where the participant crosses the finish line. Elite athlete information can be found here.

Competitive Age Category Runners: Age category prizing will be awarded based on chip time, the time from when the participant crosses the start line to the point where the participant crosses the finish line.

If a corral change is required, please email before September 10 or visit the HELP DESK at packet pickup — see map.

 

5k Start Line Organization

The 5k start line is located just inside the Zoo Main Entrance. Please note that 5k participants can access the start line beginning at 9:45am — once the 10k participants have cleared the course.

Wave Start Times

Participants will start in 5 waves with each corral starting 5 minutes apart. This system will spread participants out over the course, which can be narrow at times, and allow an enjoyable experience for everyone. This is a chip timed event so you will still receive your accurate time based on when you cross the start and finish lines.

5k Corral Times

5k Corral Estimated Finishing Time Wave Start Time
  Red < 29 mins 10:00am
  Yellow 30–33 mins 10:05am
  Blue 34–40 mins 10:10am
  Green 41–59 mins 10:15am
  Purple 1:00+ 10:20am

Predicted Finishing Time

Your predicted finishing time is very important to ensure you start the event beside participants of a similar ability. If you are new to running it is sometimes hard to predict your time, here are some guidelines to assist you:

Competitive Age Category Runners: Age category prizing will be awarded based on chip time, the time from when the participant crosses the start line to the point where the participant crosses the finish line.

If a corral change is required, please email before September 10 or visit the HELP DESK at packet pickup — see map.

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2014 Course Description & Maps

All the Zoorun courses are very scenic, however please be prepared for a number of hills — including the one right before the finish line!

10k—Start time 8:15am. Run on the roads outside of the Zoo, followed by a scenic loop through the Zoo grounds. 2014 map (360 KB)

5k—Start time 10:00am. See lots of fantastic animals during your scenic loop through the Zoo. 2014 map (480 KB)

Cub RunPDF file2014 map (225 KB)

ZooRun Map 2014: 10k   ZooRun Map 2014: 5k
2014 10k and 5k maps: Click to view larger versions (360-480 KB each)

Cub Run Map 2014
2014 Cub Run map: Click to view larger version

Cub Run (Ages 2–13)

Children are encouraged to run this short (approximately 500 metres), scenic route that runs right past the giraffes and zebras! Adults are welcome to accompany their children during the cub run at no additional cost and strollers are permitted to start at the back. Please note, if your child is registered for the Cub Run and you are NOT registered for the 10k or 5k, you will need to pay the half priced admission rate to enter the zoo. Click here for Zoo admission rates

Start time 11:30am

Cub Run RoutePDF fileclick here (190 KB)

Directions to the Cub Run Start Line—PDF fileclick here (225 KB)

Age Restrictions

Minimum age is 2 years old
We highly recommend that children under the age of 8 be accompanied by an adult (the adult does NOT need to be registered)

Please note — all children must be picked up by an adult at the finish area, following the guidelines below:

  1. All children will receive 2 identical bibs
  2. One bib MUST be worn by the child participating
  3. The second bib MUST be worn by the adult accompanying or picking up the child at the finish area
  4. These procedures are in place for the safety of your children. Please respect our event staff as they take the time to check this at the finish area.

All Cub Run participants will receive a t-shirt when they pick-up their bib and a ribbon upon completion of the run! The Cub Run is NOT A TIMED EVENT.

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Course Restrictions

Entry Limits

For the safety of all participants, baby carriers, skateboards, roller blades, Kangoo Jump shoes, animals and unauthorized bicycles & wheeled devices are not permitted in the race.

Nordic Pole participants are welcome; please click here for more info.

Baby Strollers are welcome in the 5k event ONLY; please click here for more info.

If you are visually impaired and would like to be matched with a guide runner, please contact Achilles Canada at www.achillescanada.ca.

Time Limits

The time limit to complete the 10k course is 2 hours. Please note — you must reach the 6km mark by 9:40am or you will be short-turned.

The time limit to complete the 5k course is 1 hour, 15 minutes.

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Finish Line

The 10k, 5k and Cub Run events will finish at the same location, just before the path to the Canadian Domain. Click here for spectator directions to the finish area. The finish line is located approximately 1km from the entrance to the Zoo. We use this space because it is both big enough to accommodate the number of participants & spectators while not interfering with the participants on the course.

Please keep moving through the finish chute and plan to meet your friends & family at the designated meeting site in the post-race area.

Before exiting the Finish Chute participants will have access to Powerade, water and Medical attention (if required). All finishers will also receive their medal before exiting the Finish Chute into the Party Site.

Directions:

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Post-race Party Site

Following the race, all runners, family and friends are invited to join us at the post-race party site! Celebrate with plenty of post-race food and drinks and spend some time visiting the various sponsor tents on site featuring Oasis Juice, Subway, Liberté and PowerBar!

Race shirts from past Canada Running Series events will also be available to purchase in the party site. Get yours at the CRS tent for $5 each or 3 for $10 (cash only).

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Water Stations

Toronto Zoo Fun Facts

Wombats can live for years without drinking any water.

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Port-o-Lets

Are available at the start and finish. Washrooms are located throughout the Zoo.

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Medical Information

Members of the Canadian Ski Patrol System will be on course and will be located at the finish line medical tent to provide first responder support.

City of Toronto EMS will have a dedicated unit on the course and at the finish line.

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Souvenir Technical Shirts

Please click here for more information

Finisher Medal & iTab

Please click here for more information

Toronto Zoo Pledge Drop-off & Fundraising Prize Pick-up

Please click here for more information

Costume Contest

Please click here for more information

Running Shoe Donation

Please click here for more information

Environmental Responsibility

Please click here for more information

Race Etiquette

Please see CRS Policies & Etiquette.

Frequently Asked Questions

Please click here for information

Toronto Zoo Fun Fact

A chameleon's tongue is twice the length of its body and can reach prey in just 7 seconds.

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