BATTLE CREEK, Mich. (WOOD) - The summer season is a time when a lot of outdoor runs and races take place around West Michigan. A unique 5K that stands out from the rest is the Binder Park Zoo Cheetah Chase . It's a fun run where you can get some exercise, see a gorgeous zoo and help raise money for animal conservation.
The Cheetah Chase course features a variety of running 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 including views of the African savannah with giraffe, zebra and antelope.
Cheetah Chase schedule:
6:45 - 7:45 a.m. - Registration
7:30 a.m. - Gates to zoo entrance closed to prep for race. You must be to the zoo by 7:30 to park in the lot.
8 a.m. - Gazelle Gallop (5K Run), followed by the Sloth Walk (5K Walk)
After the events there will be a post race cool down party with music, food, a health and fitness, and demonstrations from local public safety organizations. You can pre-register online at by clicking here through Thursday, June 20 at 5 p.m. Mail-in registrations must be postmarked no later than June 17, 2013. Day of event registrations will be accepted for an additional $5 fee. Cost to participate is $25 in advance or $30 the day of.
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