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JUNE 25, 2016

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The Cheetah Chase is one of the most unique 5k events in Michigan! Kangaroos, wolves and giraffe, to name a few, will be on-hand to watch you run through the Zoo. And, where else can you run a 5k on two continents? You'll start in Michigan and run all the way to Africa and back.

Cheetah Chase Events & Times
Friday, June 24
Early Packet Pickup - 5pm to 7pm in the Zoo Office
Saturday, June 25
6:45am to 7:45am - Registration
7:30am - Gates to zoo entrance closed to prep for race - be here by 7:30 to park in zoo lot.
8:00am - Gazelle Gallop (5K Run)
Sloth Walk (5K Walk)
Post Race Cool Down


Gazelle Gallop & Sloth Walk - $30 (pre-registered), $40 (day-of)

Parking and Shuttle Information
The parking lot gates close at 7:30am, so get here early. We encourage participants to park at the Harper Creek High School and take one of the shuttles to the zoo. These shuttles will run continuously until 7:30am, then will begin shuttling participants back to the high school around 8:30 until 11am. We will also be parking people in the zoo lots, if you can get here before 7am and plan to stay until after 9:30 please park in the upper lot. If you need to leave before 9:30, please let one of our attendants know and you will be parked accordingly. Thank you in advance for your cooperation!

About the Cheetah Chase Course
The Binder Park Zoo Cheetah Chase 5K course has a variety of surfaces including asphalt, brick, boardwalk, crushed rock, and grass. There is a combination of up hills, down hills, tight turns and flat stretches throughout the course. Native Michigan woodlands are in abundance along with a wide variety of zoo animals to catch your eye. Highlights also include panoramic views of the African savannah with herds of giraffe, zebra, antelope, and more. This is a truly unique venue for a 5K event. Download Course Map

Event Timing
Gazelle Gallop and Sloth Walk timing provided by Mac's Sports Timing.

Prizes for the Gazelle Gallop and Sloth Walk will be
awarded to:

Top Overall Male
Top Overall Female
Top Master Male & Female
Top three males & females per age category*

Results will be posted following the completion of each event on site and later in the day on this page.

*Top overall male and female master excluded

Age Categories
14 years & younger
15-19 years
20-29 years
30-39 years
40-49 years
50-59 years
60-69 years
70 years & older

Post Race Cool Down
Award Pickup
Food & Drinks
Health, sport, fitness & green vendor booths
Demonstrations by local public safety organizations

Emergency Care
For your safety, emergency medical personnel will be on-site during all events.

Binder Park Zoo is located 3 miles south of Exit 100 off I-94 in Battle Creek, Michigan.

Please go the extra mile and collect pledges through First Giving to help support Binder Park Zoo cheetah conservation programs. Your extra effort could earn you a behind the scenes tour! (*Participation in fund raising is not required, but greatly appreciated.)


Cheetah Chase is part of the Cereal City Stampede 5k Series. Visit to learn more!

Cereal City Stampede 5k Series
Michigan Council for Arts and Cultural AffairsBattle Creek Community Foundation