Zoom thru the Zoo

August 31, 2014 - Grand Rapids, Michigan

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The Scene

John Ball Zoo in Grand Rapids, Michigan is the setting for this venue.  Providing ample parking and space for a first class event like this.  The venue also offers a landscape of varying terrain as well as the Zoo of course.  The event is great for the entire family with 3 events offered.  5k one loop, 10k will be two loops, and the kids course.  The race will feature a half mile flat, fast warm-up then a heart pounding 450m hill climb taking you to the top of the zoo.  Then a potentially fast downhill section, potentially because it takes you through the zoo past the monkeys, the lions, the bears, and several other zoo residents.  So you will have to make the decision if you will fly past them and stop to take a look.  Then the final mile of the course will be around the zoo, flat and time to put the hammer down.  10k athletes will get to climb twice which makes this a perfect event for those training for one of the fall marathons.  

Date / Location

 Sunday, August 31, 2014* 8:00am,

John Ball Zoo - Grand Rapids, Mi.


5k/10k Road Run - 8:10am

kids will start about 7:55 and make an inner loop around the venue.  


Please follow parking signs and zoo staff to designated parking areas at the zoo.  Please do not park on side streets around the zoo.    


Unless otherwise noted events will include:
A custom event shirt, custom finishers medal, sponsor supplied samples, professional chip timing with results available online, awards to top three in each age group for individuals, top 3 teams in each catagory, a great sponsor supplied raffle and awards ceremony following the last finisher.  Also the best post race snack table out there.



 Please CLICK HERE for awards mail form.

Individual Awards

Top 3 Men and Top 3 Women Overall in each event, excluded from their age group
Top 3 Men and Top 3 Women within each of the following age groups
19 and under, 20-24, 25-29, 30-34, 35-39, 40-44, 45-49, 50-54, 55-59, 60-64, 65-69, 70-74, 75-79, 80+

Awards will in NO circumstances be given out early, or individually before the awards ceremony.  If you must depart for the awards ceremony you may opt to pay a shipping and processing fee and have the award mailed to you.  Please see the link above and under the forms page. You MUST send the form within 2 weeks following the event with a check or money order, one fee per award in order to receive your award.  Please understand we have NO control over the US postal service.


Allmon and his great staff at the John Ball Zoo

Hammer Nutrition, Rudy Project, Muscle Milk, Pepsi Co, Matt & Melissa and their IZOOM Team,

Support Crews




T-Shirts available online