JUNE 21, 2014
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. If you're not too tired, stick around and visit the Zoo for our World Giraffe Day celebration!
All participants in the Gazelle Gallop and Sloth Walk
will receive a free day-of admission pass to Binder Park Zoo, a t-shirt, and a reusable tote bag.
Gazelle Gallop (5K Run) - $30
Sloth Walk (5K Walk) - $30
Kalamazoo Area Runners/Battle Creek Road Runners receive a $2 discount with your membership ID number.
Cheetah Chase Events & Times
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
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
Pre-register online or complete the mail-in registration form (pdf) to enter the Binder Park Zoo Cheetah Chase event of your choice. Online registration will close at 5:00pm EST on Thursday, June 19, 2014. Mail-in registrations must be postmarked no later than June 15, 2014. Day of event registrations will be accepted for an additional $10 fee, but t-shirts are not guaranteed. Please ensure that you receive a t-shirt by registering in advance.
Gazelle Gallop and Sloth Walk timing provided by
Mac's Sports Timing.
Prizes for the Gazelle Gallop and Sloth Walk will be
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
14 years & younger
70 years & older
Post Race Cool Down
Food & Drinks
Health, sport, fitness & green vendor booths
Demonstrations by local public safety organizations
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.