Make a Day of It: Run like an animal then check out ZooLights

Run Oregon loves running – that’s no surprise. But we also love the Pacific Northwest and all that it has to offer. Running is a part of us, but it does not fully define us. In our new “Make a Day of It” feature, we aim to showcase some great local non-running events and highlight where to run and how to make the most of your experience!

The next installment of this series is ZooLights!

First the running:

There are a ton of great Turkey Trots in Oregon, but one of the most popular is the ORRC Turkey Trot, which featuers running in the streets alongside the Oregon Zoo. We previewed that event here and know that a ton of you out there run this every year.

The simplest way to get a workout in before ZooLights is to take to the Marquam or Wildwood Trails within Washington Park. From there, you will have miles and miles of options for exploration and running. It could also be fun to tackle the The 4T – Trail, Tram, Trolley, Train with your kiddos as well. And considering how busy parking can be, it may be worth your while to park a little early and spend the daylight hours on the trails.



Now to the details to the experience itself:

Remaining 2015/2016 Event Dates:  November 27, 2015 to January 3, 2016 (closed 12/24 and 12/25)

Times: ZooLights tickets are valid after 4 p.m and hours are 5-9 pm; Grounds remain open for one hour after gates close.

**As you probably know, things can get really busy as Christmas nears AND as schools are on break. Consider riding the MAX or carpooling if you can. And SHOW UP EARLY (Perfect excuse for running beforehand).

Cost: Purchase tickets here:

  • Adults – $14.95
  • Seniors – $12.95
  • Youth – $9.95
  • Train Tickets – $4.00

I highly recommend checking out their Frequently Asked Questions section for much more detail.

In addition to ZooLights, the Oregon Zoo has a bunch activities throughout the year, from

Hope to see you out there!

About Matt Rasmussen (1598 Articles)
Matt Rasmussen lives in Keizer, Ore. with his wife and three daughters. He enjoys watching the Olympics, sampling craft beers, and all things Canada (he was born there). Matt was raised as a baseball player and officially transitioned over to running in 2010.
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