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JUNE 23, 2018


Official Beverage Sponsor




It’s the Cheetah Chase – the most unique race event in the state where runners can take the scenic route to “Africa” and back as the kangaroos, giraffe, lions and cheetahs all wonder what your hurry is! Choose the Gazelle Gallop or Sloth Walk – a 5K pace for every age and ability. Register Online Now!

Cheetah Chase Schedule

Thursday, June 21 at 5pm
Online Registration Closes

Friday, June 22

Early Packet Pickup - 5pm to 7pm in the Zoo Office
Pre-registration runs during packet pick-up

Saturday, June 23
6:45am to 7:45am - Registration
7:00am - Arrival is advised in order to park inside the zoo.
7:30am - Gates to zoo entrance close to prep for race.
8:00am - Gazelle Gallop (5K Run)
Sloth Walk (5K Walk)
Post Race Cool Down

Parking and Shuttle Information
The parking lot gates close at 7:30am, please arrive early. We encourage participants to park at the Harper Creek High School and ride a shuttle to the zoo. The shuttles will run continuously until 7:30am, and postrace from 8:30-11:00am.

About the Cheetah Chase Course
The Binder Park Zoo Cheetah Chase 5K course has a variety of surfaces including asphalt, brick, boardwalk, crushed rock, and grass. There is a combination of up hills, down hills, tight turns and flat stretches throughout the course. Native Michigan woodlands are in abundance along with a wide variety of zoo animals to catch your eye. Highlights also include panoramic views of the African savannah with herds of giraffe, zebra, antelope, and more. This is a truly unique venue for a 5K event. Download Course Map

Please note that particpants with jog strollers must start behind the 5K walkers for safety purposes.

Event Timing
Gazelle Gallop and Sloth Walk timing provided by Mac's Sports Timing.

Prizes for the Gazelle Gallop and Sloth Walk will be
awarded to:

Top Overall Male
Top Overall Female
Top Master Male & Female
Top three males & females per age category*

Results will be posted following the completion of each event on site and later in the day on this page.

*Top overall male and female master excluded

Age Categories
14 years & younger
15-19 years
20-29 years
30-39 years
40-49 years
50-59 years
60-69 years
70 years & older

Post Race Celebration

The Cheetah Chase welcomes back Beverage Sponsor Bell’s Brewery. Your first beer is free for participants ages 21 and up with valid ID*. Check your time, pick up your award and enjoy a brew or two to cool down as you enjoy vendor booth displays and zoo themed entertainment.

The fun doesn’t end with the race…head inside the zoo with your admission ticket where Bell’s offers beer for purchase to race participants and zoo guests throughout the day. Enjoy visiting your favorite animal exhibits with a cold Bell’s beer in hand- from the East Zoo all the way to Wild Africa and back!

*alternate refreshments will be available for those under age 21.

Emergency Care
For your safety, emergency medical personnel will be on-site during all events.

Binder Park Zoo is located 3 miles south of Exit 100 off I-94 in Battle Creek, Michigan.

Please go the extra mile and make a donation while registering to help support Binder Park Zoo cheetah conservation programs. Your extra effort could earn you the Zookeeper For a Day experience! (*Participation in fund raising is not required, but greatly appreciated.)


Cheetah Chase is part of the Cereal City Stampede 5k Series. Visit to learn more!

Cereal City Stampede 5k Series
Michigan Council for Arts and Cultural AffairsBattle Creek Community Foundation