Join the Phoenix Zoo for a day of moving and grooving for the animals!
Fundraising proceeds benefit the Asian elephant habitat expansion.

Saturday, March 10, 2018

5K Run/Walk | 7 – 9:30 a.m.    Fitness Festival | 9 a.m. – 1 p.m.


  • 5K Run/Walk
  • Festival
  • Asian Elephant Habitat Expansion
Timeline / Prices


  • Competitive 5K (starts at 8 a.m.)
  • One-mile Leisure Loop (starts at 8:15 a.m., recommended for families and non-competitive runners)


  • Papago Park

    Add a commemorative medal for an additional donation of $10 or more!

5K Route [click for larger map]

1 mile leisure route [click for larger map]

More Information

  • Packet pick-up:  Friday, March 9 | 3 – 6pm at Sole Sports, Tempe
  • Day-of registration available starting at 7 a.m. on event day.
  • Pre-race breakfast/snacks
  • T-shirt for every racer
  • Medal for racers who choose to pay an additional $10 donation
  • Prizes for first, second and third place runners (5K ONLY)
  • Your favorite mascots will cheer you on throughout the race!
  • Onsite raffle for amazing prizes (winners must be present to win)!


Put your best trunk forward and help the Phoenix Zoo expand the Asian elephants’ habitat.  After you register for the race, be sure to send your personal fundraising link to all your family and friends. It can be completely customized by you.     

Prizes for the Top Three Overall Fundraisers

  • Top Overall Fundraiser 
    • Behind the Scenes tour with elephants for up to six (6) guests – includes admission to the Zoo 
    • One (1) Asian elephant plush 
    • $50 Sole Sports gift certificate
  • #2 Fundraiser 
    • Four (4) daytime admission passes to the Phoenix Zoo
    • Four (4) Dinosaurs in the Desert exhibit admission passes- good through 4/30/2018
    • One (1) Asian elephant plush 
    • $50 Sole Sports gift certificate
  • #3 Fundraiser
    • Four (4) daytime admission passes to the Phoenix Zoo
    • Four (4) Dinosaurs in the Desert exhibit admission passes- good through 4/30/2018
    • One (1) Asian elephant plush
  • Any Zoo Move & Groove donor of $500 or more, will receive one (1) Asian elephant plush.

All donations must be received by March 9 at 5 p.m.
The minimum fundraising level to be considered for the top three fundraising prizes is $500 (not including racing fees). 


Our second annual Zoo Move & Groove is a celebration of getting healthy and staying fit… with a unique Phoenix Zoo twist!

Activities are geared towards kids and families such as Zoo Ninja Warrior and Kids Karate. This general admission event, immediately following our Zoo Move & Groove 5K will host an array of vendors and feature diverse forms of exercise for guests of all ages to experience and enjoy.

***All Zoo Move & Groove Festival activities are included with 5K Run/Walk registration or regular Zoo admission.***

Zoo doors open to all at 8 a.m. | Event starts at 9 a.m.

All classes are 20 minutes or less.


  • Endurance, agility and strength: Do you have what it takes to be a Zoo Ninja Warrior? Scottsdale Parkour & Freerunning will be on site to demo their skills and run you through your paces to unleash your inner warrior!


Get ready to bounce, bump and shake your booty! Our Lakeside areas will definitely keep you moving and grooving.


Humpty Bumpty Bubble Games

  • Climb into a bubble and bump your way to fun and fitness in these safe, high energy games. 

Adrenaline Rush Obstacle Course

  • Push your adrenaline to the extreme! It’s a race to the finish in this all-ages inflatable obstacle challenge. 

DJ Dance Party

  • Dance like no one’s watching as DJ Rockin’ Rob spins today’s top hits. 

Fitness classes with One World Dance and Music and POUND

Learn some funky new moves and enjoy multi-cultural music in these 20-minute family-friendly classes.

  • 9:30 a.m. – Global Kids! (folk dance & rhythm play from around the world)
  • 10 a.m. – Hip-Hop (all ages)
  • 10:30 a.m. – Belly Dance (all ages)
  • 11 a.m. – Creative Movement for Kids
  • 11:30 a.m. and Noon – Pound Fit drumming

Visit Lakeside Tent for sponsor fun, fitness activities and nutrition info!

Vendor booths include:


Martial Arts

Get your heart pumping and learn some cool moves in our indoor Neely Center fitness classes (schedule TBD).

  • Ninja Training & Kids Karate
  • Fit4Mom classes – The guilt-free way for moms to spend time with the kids and get in a workout!


  • Relax, breathe… and create! Join the non-profit “PLAY” as kids learn to relax and be mindful through the practice of art and yoga. 

How Animals Walk

  • Jumping, flying, running, swimming: They are exercise for us but animals do them to eat, mate and stay alive! Join us as we explore and experience the fascinating world of animal movement. 

AND MORE!!!­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­

Wipeout Big Baller

  • Dash across these big red bouncy balls and try to avoid a wipeout! 

Rock Climbing Wall

  • Make like a monkey and climb that wall!   

Zoo Zoom

  • Test your fitness at our featured Wild Walk stations that simulate animal movement. Finish the activity and win a prize! 

ANIMAL DISCOVERIES­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­

  • Critter Fitness (Enchanted Forest Amphitheater) | 9 a.m. – 1 p.m.
  • Chicken Dances
  • Goat Ninja Warrior | 11 a.m.
  • Creature Features (schedule TBD)

Thank you to our donating sponsors!










Asian Elephant Habitat Expansion
Budget: $1,740,200

The Phoenix Zoo is home to three very special Asian elephants: Indu, Reba and Sheena. The Zoo is embarking on an ambitious plan to double the available space for its elephants, providing ample room to roam – as well as husbandry care and behavioral enrichment. This additional space will allow the Zoo to continue its ground-breaking work in the advancement of care of these pachyderms. The expansion will also enable Zoo guests to view these amazing animals more consistently. Opportunities to see the high level of care required to maintain these magnificent animals will provide guests a better understanding of elephants, from their sensitive feet to their very active brains.

The Phoenix Zoo is a leader in elephant care, hosting biennial workshops for attendees from around the world. Workshops include education on proper husbandry, health care, protected contact, foot care, emergency procedures and management techniques. This expansion will play a key role in educating workshop attendees in the importance of proper habitat design for the best care of their animals and educating their public.

Indu, Reba and Sheena have been a part of the Zoo for many years and will continue to be for many years to come. It’s time to provide the best possible home for them, and the best possible opportunity for Zoo guests to view and understand them better.

The Asian Elephant Habitat Expansion budget is $1,740,200. Current commitments are $1,359,891; 78% of the project cost and overall fundraising goal. With the remaining funds needed of $380,309, we respectfully ask for your consideration of a gift to help us get to the finish line. For more information about The Pride Campaign or how you can support the elephant habitat expansion, contact Claire Manke at 602.914.4362 or You can also visit for additional ways you can support the Zoo.

Donate Today!

With gratitude to the following donors who are already making this project a reality:

Barney Aires                                              

Stephen and Kathleen Ashby

In Memory of Eugenia Beaver

Uta Behrens

David Herman Boyne

Russ and Carol Cooper

Douglas Drew, Bob Antin and Art Antin

Kelley Durham

Stephen and Nanci Fisher

Dan, JoAnn and Jenn Greenzweig

Craig and Kathryn Grimco

Virgil Raymond Jadwin

John and Gail Krueger

Steven and Jennifer Lang

Eric Lewis

Kemper & Ethel Marley Foundation

Erik Miller and T.C. Schuttler

John and Joan Nathern

Bud and Gael Parks

Brandon and Kim Pratt

Christopher Ramos

Salt River Pima-Maricopa Indian Community

Mary Anne Saunders

Jim Teeling and Janice Dalrymple-Teeling

Damon L. Timm and Cynthia R. Eckert-Timm

Charles Tuomi

Michael and Norah Videtta Trust

Michael Wallensack and Deborah Miller

Maja Wessels and Charles Covington

Joe Wilkes (Jacob and Jenna Wilkes)