About a year ago I heard there was an annual race at the Toronto Zoo, but found it sold out when I went to sign up. As a result I signed up for this year’s Oasis Zoo Run as soon as I could (ten months prior to the actual race), and had been anxiously awaiting it all year. I probably should’ve put more effort into training for the 10km run, but I was going more for experience than trying to place or even accomplish a personal best. In the end I finished the hilly course 424th out of 1700 in just under 55 minutes (not far off my time on a much flatter 10km course last year). You don’t get to see too many animals on the run (mainly the Eurasia section, the arctic wolves, and the jaguars/spider monkeys/flamingos in the Americas), but they were a nice distraction when I did.
By running in the race, the participants were also granted complimentary access to the zoo for the rest of the day and there was no way I was passing that up. As I’ve mentioned previously, I love the Toronto Zoo simply because every trip is a new experience. Since I had already been earlier this Summer and had just run 10km, I somewhat skimmed the zoo this time, focusing mainly on the bigger, more popular animals. There was also no way I was going to navigate down to the Canadian section on this trip (if I had, I’d probably still be down there).
All in all, it was a great time and I had a much different viewing experience even compared to my trip in July (as seen in the pictures below).