LOUISVILLE ZOO MEDIA RELEASE

April 30, 2013

CONTACT: Kyle Shepherd

502-238-5331
(Media Cell for press inquiries only: 502-744-5639)

kyle.shepherd@louisvilleky.gov

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

20TH ANNUAL THROO THE ZOO

Norton Audubon Hospital and McDonald’s ®  Restaurants of Kentuckiana
present wildest 5K in town

 Walkers and runners will want to lace up for the wildest 5K in town — the 20th annual Throo the Zoo 5K  Run/Walk, presented by Norton Audubon Hospital and McDonald’s®  Restaurants of Kentuckiana, on Saturday, May 11 at 8 a.m. sharp. Proceeds benefit the Louisville Zoo, which is dedicated to its mission of bettering the bond between people and our planet.

One of Louisville’s most unique road events, the course takes participants “throo” the Zoo—past the tigers, polar bears, grizzly bears, sea lions/seals, monkeys, elephants, bongos, addax, rhino, giraffes, zebra and warthogs. The course begins at Illinois Avenue and Trevilian Way, heads through the neighborhood to Poplar Level Road, into Joe Creason Park and through the Zoo with the finish at the Zoo’s bus parking lot. 

Participants will receive electronic timing chips with their registration to monitor results and times.

Strollers are welcome, as well as walkers and runners alike. However, no roller blades/skates or pets are allowed.

“Norton Audubon and the Louisville Zoo are good neighbors and partners. Our lab and pharmacy help Zoo animals in need and the Zoo offers special walking hours for members of Norton Healthcare’s free Get Healthy Walking Club,” said Steve MacLauchlan, president and administrator, Norton Audubon Hospital. “We are pleased to encourage heart-healthy exercise by sponsoring this event.”

The race begins at 8 a.m. sharp and special registration is required. Registration forms can be completed online at http://www.louisvillezoo.org/events/throozoo.htm.

Registration fees are:

The registration fee includes healthy post-race refreshments, door prizes and free Zoo admission for the day. Race participants will receive a special commemorative T-shirt.

The 5K distance has intermediate hills (USATF-sanctioned) directly through the Louisville Zoo.

No race packages will be mailed. Advance pickup of race numbers, T-shirts and instructions will be available May 10 from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. at Fleet Feet Sports (2239 Taylorsville Rd.)  or at the Zoo on race day, beginning at 7 a.m.

The coveted Ostrich Egg Award will be presented to the top male and female runners. Other awards include:

Throo the Zoo is presented by Norton Audubon Hospital and McDonald’s®  Restaurants of Kentuckiana with additional support by Fleet Feet Sports, Coca-Cola, Heine Brothers, River City Races, Whole Foods, United Graphics, CBS Outdoor, USA Image, Occupational Kinetics, State Farm and Ralph Bergmann.

For more information on other Zoo events, visit http://www.louisvillezoo.org/events/.

ROAD CLOSURES: Trevilian Way from Ridgefield Rd to Poplar Level Rd, Illinois Ave from Russell Avenue north to Sheridan Avenue and the right hand lane of Poplar Level Road from Taylor Ave to Trevilian Way will be closed at 7:30 a.m. for the race course until the last person enters the Zoo, around 10 a.m.   

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The Louisville Zoo, a non-profit organization and state zoo of Kentucky, is dedicated to bettering the bond between people and our planet by providing excellent care for animals, a great experience for visitors, and leadership in scientific research and conservation education. The Zoo is accredited by the American Association of Museums (AAM) and by the Association of Zoos and Aquariums (AZA).

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