5KM Turtle Dash & 1KM Hatchling Fun Run

This September 14th, be here and move your feet for conservation in GVZoo’s first ever race event! With a 5KM Turtle Dash and 1KM Hatchling run, there’s something for all the family to get involved in.

Greater Vancouver Zoo Turtle Dash Race

GVZoo's Turtle Dash: A Unique Experience!

Why take part?

  • All race profits will go toward funding conservation projects. Learn more about our conservation projects here.
  • Registration includes zoo admission so you can visit your favourite animals after the race.
  • Every registrant receive goodies including a souvenir running shirt and medal.
  • Benefit from a timed 5K course giving you an opportunity to get that PB.

Awaken your curiosity and take part in the Turtle Dash 5km to witness the best sights GVZoo has to offer!

Encounter animals from all around the world as you run your two laps through our acreage. See the full route map below:

Frequently Asked Questions


Yes, your admission to the zoo is included so you can go visit your favourite furry friends after the race!
We greatly appreciate all feedback and would love to hear from you! Please send your feedback to marketing@gvzoo.com.
The cost of the registration fee covers the associated costs of organizing the event, including, safety, a medical team, the souvenir shirt, finisher medal, personalized bib which provides an official time run on a measured course. All profits will go towards funding conservation projects at GVZoo as well as the following groups: Wildlife Preservation Canada, Canadian Parks and Wilderness Society and International Rhino Foundation.
We will be giving each entrant goodies including a shirt and a medal. There will also be post-race snacks all included with your registration.
Yes! Parents bringing a child to the zoo must either be registered for the 5k race OR pay the Spectator Fee.
No, dogs/pets are not allowed in our facility.

Timings & Directions

Our address is 5048 264 St, Aldergrove, BC V4W 1N7.
Pay parking is a $6.00 flat rate. Parking meters are found just inside the Zoo's entrance.
Saturday, September 14th 9:45AM.
Saturday, September 14th 9:30AM.

Registration & Ticketing

Entry fees are non-refundable and cannot be deferred to next year. It is the responsibility of the entrant to pick up their race kit from registration.
Unfortunately, we are not offering a family rate in that instance. The family package offers 2 adults to run the 5km race and 2 kids to run the 1km race.
Yes! We do have a spectator fee.

Donations & Conservations

You can learn more on the Conservation tab on the GVZoo website. Including our Western Painted Turtle project. We also regularly share conservation stories on our social media channels and encourage you to follow us, the links are at the bottom of this page.
To learn more about donating please visit https://gvzoo.com/support/donate/.


Yes! Please email marketing@gvzoo.com to discuss how you can get involved.
Please reach out to marketing@gvzoo.com to discuss sponsorship opportunities.

Thank you to our sponsors:

We are still looking for sponsors. For more information, click here.