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November 17, 2018 @ 7:30am

Help kick off Lights Before Christmas by making tracks to Riverbanks’ annual 5k race.

Event Registration

Early Bird Pre-registration: (September 1–November 1)
$30 Riverbanks members and $40 general public

Regular Pre-registration: (November 2–November 14)
$45 for all registrants; T-shirts are not guaranteed.

You may also pre-register at Strictly Running (2515 Devine St, Columbia) on November 15 and 16. Day-of registration will re-open onsite at Riverbanks on November 17 at 6:30am.

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!

Entry fees include a commemorative Riverbanks Run T-Shirt, admission into the Zoo on race day, and complimentary snacks at the finish line. Zoo admission is required for non-race participants. T-shirts are not guaranteed for late registration.

  • Friday, November 16:

    Packet Pick-Up from 11:00am–6:00pm at Strictly Running (2515 Devine St, Columbia).

  • Saturday, November 17:

    Day-of Registration, 6:30am at Riverbanks. Race Begins at 7:30am.

Proceeds support ongoing conservation and education efforts at Riverbanks Zoo and Garden.

Questions? View our FAQs for a possible answer.

  • Where and when do I pick-up race packets?

    Race packets include race numbers, T-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. Packet Pick-Up is scheduled for Friday, November 16 from 11:00am–6:00pm at Strictly Running (2515 Devine St, Columbia).

  • 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.

  • Where should I park?

    Parking will be in the Blue Lot at the main Zoo entrance only, 500 Wildlife Parkway, Columbia SC. Follow the signs.