Run to the Shrine

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Run Like An Animal!

Saturday, May 19, 2018 – 4-Mile Run/Walk

Cheyenne Mountain Zoo invites world-class runners and families alike to Run to the Shrine on Saturday, May 19, 2018!
Run to the Shrine features:

  • The 4-mile course curves through the Zoo, up to the Will Rogers Shrine of the Sun and back down into the Zoo.
  • Enjoy some of the most stunning views in the Pikes Peak region.
  • The Race concludes with a party at Lodge at Moose Lake.
  • Your registration includes admission to the Zoo for the rest of the day – up to a $19.75 value for non-members!

Online Registration is OPEN.

Run to the Shrine is a great opportunity for both competitive racers and casual walkers to show their support for the Zoo, which is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization that receives no tax support. We rely on our admissions, memberships, donations and events like this to keep the Zoo “running” and support our many conservation efforts and education programs.

Run to the Shrine also offers the only opportunity all year to travel the Shrine Road by foot!



To Register

Online registration for 2018 is OPEN! – Online registration closes at midnight on May 16.

Entry Fees
Feb. 15 – May 13
Member / Non-Member
May 14 – 16
Race Week
May 19
Race Day*
$35 / $45
$25 / $35
$25 / $35
$15 / $20

*Please note – only credit and debit cards will be accepted for day-of registrations. Sorry, cash and checks will not be accepted.
No discounts for day-of registration will be issued, including membership and military.
Attention active-duty veteran and retired military! Email [email protected] for a promo code for $5 off registrations for you and your dependents in the same household. Military discount valid through May 16. No Military discounts for day-of registration will be issued.



(Times/Locations subject to change)

  • 7:30 a.m. – Registration Opens – Registration located in the Cheyenne Mountain Zoo south parking lot
  • 8:15 a.m. – Registration and Packet pick-up closes
  • 8:30 a.m. – Race Starts
  • 8:30 a.m. – 11 a.m. – Post-Event Celebration, at Lodge at Moose Lake


Your entry fee includes:

  • a commemorative Run to the Shrine performance T-shirt with our 2018 animal mascot Amur tiger, “Chewy,” featured on the front,
  • chip timing for all runners/walkers,
  • entry to the Post-Race Expo following the race,
  • a chance to take home a one-of-a-kind poo medal, awarded to our 1st-, 2nd- and 3rd- place finishers, for both men and women, and
  • AND admission to the Zoo for the rest of race day (up to a $19.75 value for non-members)!


Free gift for donations!

Make your support of the Zoo go even further! Ask your friends and family to join you in the support of Cheyenne Mountain Zoo by pledging a donation. All donations will support important programs like:

  • the care and enrichment of our animals,
  • on-grounds breeding of endangered species like black-footed ferrets and Wyoming toads,
  • conservation projects around the world, and
  • education programs to foster a love of wildlife in our local youth.

When you raise $100 or more to support Cheyenne Mountain Zoo, you’ll receive a FREE GIFT, recognizing your commitment to the Zoo and conservation of wildlife.
Choose from:

  • Long-sleeve performance shirt
  • Insulated water bottle
  • Bamboo utensil set

You’ll be given more details and instructions on inviting your friends and family to pledge after you register.



Schedule of Events

On Race Day:

  • 7:30 a.m. – Registration Opens – Registration tent located in the Cheyenne Mountain Zoo south parking lot
  • 8:15 a.m. – Registration and Packet pick-up closes
  • 8:30 a.m. – Race Starts
  • 8:30 a.m. – 11 a.m. – Post-Event Celebration, at Lodge at Moose Lake

Packet Pick-up:

Pre-registered participants can pick up their race materials on event day starting at 7:30 a.m. at the entrance to the Cheyenne Mountain Zoo south parking lot.


Rules, Regulations & FAQs

  • Jog/run/walk participants will be timed individually based on participating age categories.
  • Only registered participants permitted on run course. If not registered for the run, regular Zoo admission is required.
  • From out of town? Visit our Stay and Play page.
  • For the safety of all participants, we do not allow skateboards, roller blades/inline skates/Heely’s®, bicycles or pets on the run course. Jogging strollers are welcome for the race – check FAQs for specific details.
  • All fees are non-refundable. Run to the Shrine will go on as scheduled rain or shine, so please come prepared.
  • The race fee is not tax deductible, but any additional donations are tax deductible.
  • Run T-shirts cannot be guaranteed to those who register on race day.
  • The Will Rogers Shrine of the Sun is not open during the race because we need participants to complete the race in our allotted time for the road closure. With your race registration, however, you receive complimentary Zoo admission for the rest of the day, which also includes admission to the Shrine. Feel free to drive up after the road reopens to vehicle traffic and spend as much time as you like!
  • View or print a Frequently Asked Questions page here.

Course Map & Parking


Run to the Shrine Course Map 2018 PDF
(NOTE: Course Map is subject to change.)


Race participants should park at the Zoo.



Awards presented at 10 a.m. at The Lodge at Moose Lake.

Overall – 1st-, 2nd-, 3rd- place

Overall – 1st-, 2nd-, 3rd- place


Post-Race Results

Check here for your 2017 Race results!



Post-Race Celebration Vendors

2018 Run to the Shrine vendors

Celebrate with vendors from 8 a.m. – 11 a.m. at Lodge at Moose Lake!

3 T Karate
Ameritech Construction
Au Pair in America
CityROCK Climbing Center
Colorado Parks and WildLife
Freedom Chiropractic.
Huntington Learning Center of Colorado Springs
Kneaders Bakery and Café
On the Border
Orange Theory Fitness
Pikes Peak Allergy and Asthma
Renewal by Andersen
If you are interested in becoming a vendor for Run to the Shrine, please email [email protected].


Become an Exhibitor

We Invite You to Host an Exhibitor Station

Cheyenne Mountain Zoo’s Run to the Shrine features a family-friendly 4-mile run/walk/stroll. We want your organization to be a part of it! High visibility, low overhead and big fun are the three key elements every organization looks for when participating in an event and Run to the Shrine guarantees all three.

Connect with the MOST POPULAR attraction in Colorado Springs! We expect hundreds of participants, from elite runners to family walkers, for this one-of-a-kind event. The Zoo invites you and your staff to participate in this year’s event by hosting an Exhibitor Station.

Please call our Events Manager at 719-424-7847 or email [email protected].



Volunteers Needed!

We need volunteers to ensure a safe and fun event for the participants and spectators. Receive FREE Zoo admission following the event and a Run to the Shrine volunteer t-shirt for your service. Positions include registration, water stations, finish line and more. All volunteers must be 18 years of age or older. Specific check in times will be provided as we get closer to event day, but plan on checking in at or before 5:30 a.m.!


For more information, contact [email protected] or 719-424-7827.


Sponsorship Info

If you are interested in becoming a sponsor for Run to the Shrine, please contact Jenny Koch at 719-424-7814 or [email protected].

All proceeds from Run to the Shrine benefit Cheyenne Mountain Zoo.


Thank you to our generous sponsors for supporting Cheyenne Mountain Zoo’s Run to the Shrine!

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