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Presented by Toronto Zoo and Canada Running Series


Saturday, February 24, 2018
Registration opens at 8:15am - Front Entrance Bridge
5K Run 9am – Front Entrance Courtyard
1K Run 9:30am – Front Entrance Courtyard


Polar bears are one of the animals most threatened by global warming. They depend entirely on sea ice as a platform from which to hunt seals. Reduction of the total ice cover in the Arctic is a serious concern globally. When the ice does not form or forms too late in the season many polar bears starve. In Hudson Bay, scientists have found the main cause of death for cubs to be either lack of food or lack of fat on nursing mothers. Exploitation of minerals and fossil fuels in the Arctic pose a continuous threat. Of the oil and natural gas deposits globally, 20% are located in the Arctic. As the ice cap recedes these become more accessible. Countries are competing which each other in claiming ownership of Arctic and its resources. This can only result in further and more drastic impact on polar bear habitat.

The annual Move Your Paws event proceeds supports the Toronto Zoo’s polar bear family as well as polar bears in the wild. So why not bundle up and bring the whole family for a day of outdoor fun, fitness and fundraising. We encourage all registrants to invite their friends, family and colleagues to support with pledges to support the zoo’s important conservation, education and research programs. For online entry, pledge forms and further information and start times CLICK HERE

*Please note registration includes admission for the day, non-transferable. Parking is an additional fee ($12). Each registrant receives one complimentary hot beverage and one complimentary hot soup.

Plus, check out our Polar Bear Fest from 10 am to 4 pm. Details here!

Thank you to President’s Choice who will be on site providing event participants complimentary samples of PC Coffee and flavoured beverages promoting President’s Choice 100% compostable K-cup pods and to Allstate for generously providing lunch.

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Polar Bear Humphrey - Photo Credit Ken Ardill

People cheering at finish line

Boy running

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*Please note all events subject to change without notice.


Please note that the Mayan Temple will be closed to the public from Monday 2018-10-01 to Friday 2018-11-09 for construction and the jaguar, flamingos and spider monkeys will not be viewable. We apologize for any inconvenience.