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Sunday, April 23, 2017
9:00 a.m.
Saskatoon Forestry Farm Park Hall

It’s our annual Earth Day 5 km fun run or 2.5 km walk through the Saskatoon Forestry Farm Park and Zoo.

Online entry is now closed, but you can still enter with paper entry forms at Brainsport (616 10th Street) up until 1:00 p.m. on Saturday, April 22  (or on April 23 at the Forestry Farm between 7:30 and 8:30 a.m.)
(Entries received after April 21 please add $5.00)

Funds raised support our environmental education programs.

Entry fee includes a souvenir high quality cotton T-shirt, fresh cinnamon buns,  refreshments,  a chance at some cool draw prizes and admission to the Saskatoon Forestry Farm Park Zoo for the day.

Entry Fees
Individual $32.00
($28.00 for members of the Saskatoon Zoo Society or the Saskatoon Road Runners Association).

Family $96.00
($84.00 for members of the Saskatoon Zoo Society or the Saskatoon Road Runners Association)
A family entry receives four T-shirts.  All participants must be members of the same family.  Maximum two adults.  All children must be under 18 years of age.  Additional T-Shirts can be purchased for $15.00 each.

Event Check-In
Saturday, April 22
10:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m.
Brainsport (616 10th Street East)


Sunday, April 23
7:30 – 8:40 a.m.
Saskatoon Forestry Farm Park and Zoo (in the Hall)
1903 Forestry Farm Park Drive.

Plan your Day:
We are the cinnamon bun run!  After all, you just did a great run.  You deserve a treat.
Following the run join us in the Forestry Farm Hall for fresh cinnamon buns, refreshments, and draw prizes.
A big thank you to our merchants that have provided draw prizes.  Be sure to support our merchants and let them know you appreciate them supporting the Saskatoon Zoo Society.

Spend the Day at the Zoo
Zoo Run participants will receive a pass good for free admission to the zoo at the Saskatoon Forestry Farm Park and Zoo.  The pass is valid on April 23, 2017 only.  Be sure to check out the antics of the Black-tailed Prairie Dogs and stop by the new Komodo Island display to see the zoo’s cold-blooded guests.


This year’s feature: The Black-tailed Prairie Dog
The Sixties: a time of peace, love, and pop art. A young Canadian nation was celebrating its 100th anniversary.  The Sixties marked the birth of the ecological movement with Rachel Carson’s Silent Spring.  It was also a time for Prairie Dogs.

Early European explorers called these members of the ground squirrel family Prairie Dogs after their peculiar bark-like call. (Their scientific name means Louisiana dog-mouse). The arrival of settlers on the grasslands decimated the bison population and large grassland carnivores like wolves and brown bears alike.  This was very beneficial to the Black-tailed Prairie Dog, and their population exploded.  Because they will dine on crops they were considered a nuisance.   A war was raged against the prairie dogs with guns, poison, and traps.  By 1929 the only prairie dog colony left in Canada was about 10 km southeast of Val Marie in the Frenchman River flats. In 1965, Nature Saskatchewan established a nature sanctuary around the last remaining Black-tailed Prairie Dog town. Prairie Dogs were now a protected species in Canada.

The Black-tailed Prairie Dog (Cynomys ludovicianus) is a social animal and lives in large colonies called ‘towns’.  The towns are divided up into smaller social units called ‘coteries’.  They feed on grass and other vegetation, mostly in the early mornings and evening.  They spend the rest of the day dust bathing and visiting neighbours.  Friends greet one another by mouth nuzzling or kissing.  Strangers are run off in a lively chase.   Predators include hawks, badgers, burrowing owls, and rattlesnakes.  When alarmed the prairie dog will stand up and bark loudly.  The other prairie dogs will quickly react to the alarm and race down their burrows.

The nature sanctuary established in 1965 became the starting point for Grasslands National Park. Today the prairie dog town southeast of Val Marie is still active and the prairie dogs delight visitors to the park with their antics.
Our 2017 Zoo Run T-shirt will feature a pop art print of the Black-tailed Prairie Dog to celebrate these important animals.


Zoo Run FAQ:

  1. Toddlers and strollers are welcome.  The event is a fundraiser, so we encourage everyone to pay the registration fee.  However toddlers and babies in strollers are welcome for free.  (They won’t get a T-shirt unless they register).  We ask that if you are bringing a stroller, please start at the back of the pack.  Thank you.
  2. Can’t do 2.5 km? Try the 1.6.  Smaller children – and others – may not want to walk/run 2.5 km.  You can still participate!  There will be a shorter (about 1.6 km route) for people not up to the full route.  Simply head into the zoo off the start and avoid the loop through the park.
  3. No pets or guide animals allowed.  No exceptions.  This is to protect the health of your animals.
  4. Zoo Run entries are non-fundable.  (It is a fundraising event).  But you can transfer them to another person.  Please contact us by e-mail (info@saskatoonzoosociety.ca) to inform us of the name change (and T-shirt size).  The new participant will also need to sign the waiver form when they pick up their T-shirt.
  5. There is a time limit.  The zoo opens at 10:00 a.m. to the general public, so we need to off the course by 9:45 a.m.  (We expect everyone will be enjoying cinnamon buns in the hall by 10:00 a.m.)
  6. No bikes, scooters, or skateboards are allowed in the zoo.
  7. T-shirt Sizes.  T-shirt sizes are listed are “men’s sizes”.   Every registered participant will receive a souvenir Zoo Run T-shirt.  To accommodate all sizing requests some participants may be mailed their T-shirt following the event.
  8. Registration Deadline. We prefer you to enter before April 19 (online) or April 21 at Brainsport.  However, we will take entries in person at Brainsport (616 10th Street East) on April 22 from 10:00 to 1:00 and on April 23 from 7:30 to 8:40 at the Forestry Farm.
  9. Spectators are not allowed in the zoo portion of the event.  Spectators are definitely allowed in the start/finish line area and in the Forestry Farm Park.  Come on out and cheer for your friends.

Other questions?  Please e-mail info@saskatoonzoosociety.ca

Thank brainsport-bw-logo-1you to our 2017 sponsors and supportersWild_BirdsSFFPZ


Thank you to our 2016 sponsors:
Wild Birds Unlimited
Saskatoon Road Runners Association
City of Saskatoon
Saskatoon Forestry Farm Park and Zoo
Trevor Morog Massage Therapy
Apidae Honeybee Products
Saskatoon Co-op
Paws Inn Gift Shop
Saskatchewan First Nations Family & Community Institute
Burning Beard
(Restaurant & Lounge)
Turning the Tide Bookstore
Night Oven Bakery
Thank you to Augustus Forrest from FineCraftsman for our Swift Fox graphic.

Please support our wonderful sponsors.  Please call 306-975-3042 if you would like to be a Zoo Run 2017 Sponsor.