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Announcements and warm-up will begin at 9:30 a.m., and the diaper derby and mini-dash will begin immediately following. The 1.8-mile race/family fun walk will immediately follow the conclusion of the mini-dash.

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Parking is available in the Zoo parking lot or on the surrounding side streets. Please note our park location at the corner of Colvin Blvd. and Amherst Street, near the Zoo's service gate.
 
If you park in the Zoo lot, you will be given a token that is needed to exit the lot. If you misplace it, an additional token can be purchased at the Zoo gift shop for $5.00.

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Kids Run will be held in the Colvin green space which is located on the corner of Colvin Blvd. and Amherst St. near the Zoo's service gate.
 
Before the  race starts, you can stop by the Health and Wellness tent, visit the food trucks for a snack, enjoy the Nickel City Reptiles Show, play soccer, dance to music and more! Visit the Wegmans tent for face painting and more fun activities!

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Port-A-Potties are available on-site.

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Pre-purchase your Zoo vouchers for $2 each (children 23 months and under are free) with your online registration! They will be mailed to you with your race numbers. Be sure to bring them with you to the event, or you will need to purchase new ones if you forget.
If you choose not to pre-purchase, vouchers will be available on-site (cash only) for everyone that participates in the run.  You must have a voucher (either pre-purchased or received at the event) in order to get discounted admission to the Zoo.  A race bib or a medal will not work as a voucher this year.

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If you are a member of the Buffalo Zoo, you can enter at either the Zoofari Courtyard entrance (between 10am and 12pm) or the Main Gate of the Zoo after the race.

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Kids ages 6-18 are eligible for timing chips. In order to get a chip, you must pre-register online or by mail by Thursday, May 17 and check the box that says "Yes! I want a timing chip."  Adults and kids under age 6 will not receive a timing chip. The timing chip will be attached to your child’s race bib.  If you do not bring your race bibs to the event, there will not be additional timing chips to use the day of the event. Only those who registered prior to May 17 are eligible to receive a timing chip.

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You must pre-register by May 17 in order to get a race number, and they will be mailed out following online or mail-in registration. They should arrive a few days prior to the event. Safety pins will be available at the event so you can pin your number to the front of your shirt.

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Call the Independent Health Foundation at (716) 635-4959.

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This year's event will feature a new Diaper Derby for crawlers and pre-walkers.  Each baby must be accompanied by 2 adults: one to start and one to call to the finish line. Adults are not allowed on the derby track. Babies will be arranged into groups as the race progress. More information will be coming!

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If you do not receive your packet prior to the event, please call the Independent Health Foundation at (716) 635-4959.

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Attendance for this year's race will be capped at 5,000 participants to ensure we have enough medals, fruit and water for everyone in attendance. We strongly encourage you to register by May 17 in order to participate.

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Any child ages 18 and under who is pre-registered by May 17 in the following categories:
  • Ages 18 and under, first place overall boy and girl
  • Age 15-18, top three boys and girls
  • Ages 12-14, top three boys and girls
  • Ages 9-11, top three boys and girls
  • Ages 6-8, top three boys and girls
  • Award medals will be given to all race participants (while supplies last).

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Yes. Strollers are welcome in the 1.8-mile race and parents and grandparents are encouraged to participate with children. All children should be accompanied by an adult on the 1.8-mile track.

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Kids Run is held rain or shine, so please dress appropriately!

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Yes, we hire a photographer to come to the event and take photos for us so we can show everyone how much fun the Kids Run is. Visit our Facebook page after the event to see if your picture is online!

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For additional questions, call the Independent Health Foundation at (716) 635-4959 or send an email to foundation@independenthealth.com.