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Whether you're coming individually or as a family, Cheyenne Mountain Zoo invites you to Run to the Shrine on Saturday, May 18, 2019. The 4-mile (~6.4K) course curves through the Zoo, up to the Shrine of the Sun and back down into the Zoo, providing some of the most stunning views in the Pikes Peak region. The race concludes with a post-race celebration at Lodge at Moose Lake!

Run to the Shrine is a great opportunity for competitive racers and casual walkers to show their support for Cheyenne Mountain Zoo, a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization. Since we do not receive any tax support, we rely on our admissions, memberships, donations and events such as this one 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 Shrine Road by foot!

Your entry fee includes:

  • a commemorative Run to the Shrine performance T-shirt with our 2019 mascot, meerkat Dusty, featured on the front (women's sizes available, while supplies last)
  • chip timing for all participants
  • entry to the Post-Race Celebration
  • a chance to take home a one-of-a-kind poo medal, awarded to 1st-, 2nd- and 3rd-place finishers for both men and women
  • AND admission to the Zoo for the rest of race day (up to a $24.75 value for non-members)!

*The Shrine 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 from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m.


*Please note - only credit and debit cards will be accepted for day-of registrations. Cash and checks will not be accepted. 

Attention active-duty, veteran and retired military! Email for a promo code for $5 off promo code for the registrations of you and your dependents (in the same household). Military discount valid through May 15. No discounts for day-of registration will be issued. 

All fees are non-refundable. Run to the Shrine will go on as scheduled, rain or shine, so please come prepared.

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 giving 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, 
  • 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 the following:

  • 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 once you have registered. 

Registration fees

Member Closed

Registration closed
  • Discounted early bird member pricing: adult $30 / senior $20 / youth $20 / child $10. Discount will register at checkout automatically.

    1. $30.00
      Jan 30 – Feb 14
    2. $35.00
      Feb 15 – May 12
    3. $50.00
      May 13 – May 16

Non-Member Closed

Registration closed
  • Non-member early bird pricing: adult $40 / senior $30 / youth $30 / child $15. Discount will register at checkout automatically

    1. $40.00
      Jan 30 – Feb 14
    2. $45.00
      Feb 15 – May 12
    3. $50.00
      May 13 – May 16

Course Map


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Event Schedule

  • May 18 7:00 AM MDT - Registration Opens

  • May 18 8:15 AM MDT - Registration and Packet Pick-up Ends

  • May 18 8:30 AM MDT - Race Starts

  • May 18 8:30 AM MDT - Post-Event Celebration Begins, Lodge at Moose Lake

  • May 18 11:00 AM MDT - Post-Event Celebration Ends, Lodge at Moose Lake

Contact Information

Event Location

Cheyenne Mountain Zoo, 4250 Cheyenne Mountain Zoo Road, Colorado Springs, CO, United States

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