Running Where the Wild Things Are: ORRC Summer Solstice 5K at the Oregon Zoo

Summer has arrived in the Pacific Northwest, and with it all of the summertime races that we (hope) to enjoy in the sunshine. One of my favorites each year is the ORRC Summer Solstice 5K at the Oregon Zoo.

First off, the race starts at 7pm so no crazy alarm clocks needed. Second, race participants and their guests are the only people in the zoo for three hours.

I’ll be looking for you red pandas. And last but not least is the wonderful elephant ear that is part of the post-race meal provided to all participants.

Even if there is cloudy weather, no one will rain on this parade.

Read our 2022 recap here!

The ORRC Summer Solstice 5K uses a loop course within the Oregon Zoo. Runners and walkers travel through Elephant Lands, the African Rainforest, Pacific Shores and the Primate Forest and “backstage” on service roads. Aid stations will be cupless so bring along your own hydration bottle or pack. At the finish line, participants receive a swag bag includes an assortment of over 10 treats and their voucher for their celebration meal (don’t forget the elephant ear!).

Stick around afterward to picnic on the amphitheater concert lawn and watch the elephants while the sun sets.

ORRC Summer Solstice 5K at the Oregon Zoo


  • When: Sunday June 18 at 7pm
  • Where: Oregon Zoo (4001 SW Canyon Road)
  • Packet Pick-Up: Race Day starting at 5:30pm
  • Cost:
    • Adult 5K for $47.
    • Kids 5K for $42.
    • Kids Fun Run for $37.
    • Toddler Trot for FREE.
    • Spectators must purchase an entrance ticket: $39 with meal or $22 for no meal
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