Online pre-registration for Riverbanks Run will close at 5:00pm on Friday, November 18.
If space permits, onsite registration will begin at 6:30am on Saturday, November 19.
$45 everyone; T-shirt not guaranteed.
Help kick off the Midlands’ longest running holiday tradition, Lights Before Christmas, by making tracks to Riverbanks’ first annual 5k race. The wild run will wind through the park’s scenic back roads, cross the Saluda River and pass some of the most popular exhibits in the Zoo! Proceeds support ongoing conservation and education efforts at Riverbanks.
Entry fees include a commemorative Riverbanks Run T-Shirt, admission into the Zoo on race day, plus complimentary snacks at the finish line. Zoo admission is required for non-race participants, and T-shirts are not guaranteed for late registration.
Race Packet Pick-Up: November 17 or November 18 from 9:00am–6:00pm inside the Guest Relations Center at Riverbanks Zoo and Garden, 500 Wildlife Parkway, Columbia SC 29210. Please present your booking confirmation at pick up.
Questions? View our Frequently Asked Questions and Answers.
Race packets include race numbers, shirts and other information that will be useful in advance of the race. We highly encourage all participants to pick up their packets prior to race morning to ensure the race starts on time. You can pick up your Race Day Packet inside the Guest Relations Center at Riverbanks Zoo and Garden at 500 Wildlife Parkway, Columbia SC 29210 on November 17 or November 18 from 9:00am–6:00pm.
Can my family get into the Zoo for free if I’m a runner or walker?
Only registered racers and walkers will receive free admission into the Zoo. All participants must present race bib on race day to receive complimentary admission.
Are strollers permitted?
Strollers are permitted at the back of the 5k race.