Run Wild at Zoo Boise 

Saturday, July 23 at Zoo Boise

According to Sublime, summertime is supposed to be when the living's easy. But when you have kids out of school, you have to find ways to wear them out by bedtime. Zoo Boise has the perfect solution (at least for a day) with its inaugural Run Wild at Zoo Boise, an event for kids 3 to 12 years old. Children are invited to race through the zoo, which ironically benefits the renovation of the sloth bear exhibit in 2012.

The sloth bear's pad will undergo a major landscape transformation when the zoo reaches its goal of $550,000, hopefully by the end of the year. As of June, about $300,000 has been raised.

Registration forms are available at the zoo or online. Check-in begins at 8 a.m. on the day of the race, and the toddlers (ages 3-5) will queue up at the starting line at 9 a.m. for their quarter-mile stretch. Six- to 12-year-olds will follow in a one-mile race. All participants will receive a T-shirt, breakfast at the zoo's after-party and are welcome to stroll through the animal exhibits to see what they missed while zooming through the zoo.

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