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Riverbanks Run

November 18 @ 7:30am
Pre-registration Opens September 1

Check back in the fall for updated details.

Help kick off the Midlands’ longest running holiday tradition, Lights Before Christmas, by making tracks to Riverbanks’ second 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.

Packet Pick-Up

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.

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.