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The Wild Run – Calgary

The Wild Run

At the wild run, we’re keeping this WILD tradition going on September 22nd! Get ready for all things polar bear themed as we fundraise for polar bear conservation and raise awareness of biodiversity loss and climate change! This year we are excited to introduce a NEW 4km sub-event which will take participants through the Wilder Institute/Calgary Zoo (the same route as Leg 1 of the relay!).

The Wild Run, formerly the ‘Gorilla Run’, was established by Calgary runner and primate enthusiast Emm Kytryk in 2004 to raise funds for Mountain Gorillas. Run Calgary took over the event to continue its legacy and conservation efforts in 2015. To date $157,000 dollars have been donated through this race to help preserve habitat of wild animals threatened with extinction


Each year we feature a different animal at the Wilder Institute/Calgary Zoo so we can sneak in a little animal education to this fun family-friendly event. To date, we have featured, learned about and contributed to the habitat conservation of mountain gorillas (2004-2017), pandas (2018), burrowing owls (2019), lemurs (2020), Vancouver Island Marmots (2021), whooping cranes (2022), hippos (2023) and this year we will be learning about and raising funds for polar bear conservation!

Please join us, as we run in and around the Wilder Institute/Calgary Zoo bright and early on Sunday September 22, 2024 for the annual “Race For Conservation”! You can choose to run the 10 mile (16km) course solo, round up your crew and race the course as a relay (2-4 members), or take in the sights with our new 4km solo run!

The in-person event starts and finishes on St. Patrick’s Island at “The Rise”, which is our very own party site for the Wild Run! All runners taking part in the relay will also transition their relay legs at this location, making it a great location for family and friends to cheer you on! The 4km solo run and first leg of the 10 mile course run through the Wilder Institute/Calgary Zoo, but ALL participants have free access to the Wilder Institute/Calgary Zoo after the race!


  • 2024 Wild Run Scarf featuring the Polar Bear
  • Personalized race bib
  • Free entry into the Wilder Institute/Calgary Zoo on race day by using your bib
  • Post-race celebration in the Wilder Institute/Calgary Zoo and an optional breakfast for purchase
  • Chip timed event
  • Opportunity to help support animal conservation
  • Prize Draw entries for those who fundraise/donate a minimum of $50
  • Please note, registration fee does NOT include race day parking

for the Wild Run For Conservation marathon

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Sep 22 2024


Calgary, AB
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