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7th Annual Run Wild for Autism 5K Race & 1 Mile Fun Run & Walk

  • Maryland Zoo in Baltimore (map)

Please join us for the 7th Annual Run Wild for Autism 5K benefitting the Pathfinders for Autism. Run or walk through the Maryland Zoo and Druid Hill Park, then stick around afterwards for family activities, snacks and tour the Zoo free of charge!


New this year:  All 5K race entries include chip timing!

Upgraded performance t-shirts available!

Standard Registration (closes 9/21) 
$30 Adults
$20 Youth (13 to 17)
Children 12 and under FREE

Upgraded Registration (closes 8/31) - performance t-shirts
$40 Adults
$30 Youth (13 to 17)
$10 Children 12 and under

Walk-In Registration*
$35 Adults
$25 Youth (13 to 17)
Children 12 and under FREE

*Walk-in registrants are NOT guaranteed race giveaway items.

Set up a team page to recruit team members and raise money.

Online registration requires a unique email for each participant. YOU CANNOT ADD A PARTICIPANT TO YOUR ACCOUNT AND MUST REGISTER EACH PARTICIPANT INDIVIDUALLY. For individuals without an email address (such as children), there are several options:

Download this form and mail it in, or email it to

Register by phone by calling 443-330-5370. Please refer to the downloadable form for registration information needed for each participant

Trying to register a large group? Contact Jenn for assistance: or 443-330-5370


Packet Pick-Up

Saturday, September 23rd  
10:00am – 1:00pm
Charm City Run Timonium: 2045 York Road, Timonium, MD 21093

Race Day
Beginning at 7:00am at the Maryland Zoo in Baltimore

Event Schedule 

7:00-8:00am:  Registration (outside Main Gate)
8:30am:  Race
9:00-11:00am:  Post-Race Activities at Waterfowl Pavilion
Zoo Gates Open at 10:00am


- 5K Run through the Maryland Zoo and Druid Hill Park
- 1 Mile Fun Run & Walk through the Maryland Zoo
- Professionally Managed Race by Charm City Run
- Post-race awards ceremony
- Games, activities, Animal Ambassadors, and more
- Give-away items
- Post-race snacks
- PLUS SPECIAL RACE DAY ZOO ADMISSION: individuals registered for the race will be able to access the Zoo free of charge on race day. Zoo passes may be picked up on Race Day at check-in. 


Top 3 Male Finishers
Top 3 Female Finishers
Top Male Finisher in the following age brackets: 1-10, 11-15, 16-19, 20-29, 30-39, 40-49, 50-58, 60+
Top Female Finisher in the following age brackets: 1-10, 11-15, 16-19, 20-29, 30-39, 40-49, 50-58, 60+


The race will start and end at the Maryland Zoo. The course will meander through Druid Hill Park after completing a loop through the zoo.


Visit the Maryland Zoo in Baltimore's website for GPS coordinates, Zoo map, and more Parking - free to all attendees, please park at the main Zoo entrance

Beneficiary: Pathfinders for Autism

Pathfinders for Autism is a statewide organization dedicated to improving the lives of individuals with autism and their families. The organization was founded in 2000 by the parents of children with autism, including Baltimore Orioles Hall of Famer William "B.J." Surhoff and his wife Polly Winde Surhoff. Their mission is to improve the lives of individuals with autism and the people who care for them.

Pathfinders for Autism programs offer:

  • Resource Center with caring, knowledgeable staff to assist individuals, families and professionals in finding the information and services they need.

  • Public awareness about autism and its effect on individuals, families and society

  • Training on pertinent topics by regional experts for individuals, parents and professionals

  • Developmental screening training for Maryland pediatricians to improve the early detection of developmental delays, including autism

  • Free recreational opportunities that allow the entire family to enjoy a fun outing in an inclusive environment with modest accommodations.

Volunteering at Run Wild

If you would like to volunteer, please contact Jenn Hobbs at or 443-330-5370. 

Sponsorship Packages

Become an event sponsor and promote your business to hundreds of attendees while supporting a great cause. 

Get your company to put together a corporate team and receive a $250 discount on fifty race entries.   

Event Guidelines

All runners and walkers are welcome to use strollers.  Per the Zoo's policy, no pets are allowed.

Special thanks to our sponsors

Earlier Event: September 24
Charm City Run 20 Miler