Asheboro, NC - The North Carolina Zoo will hold its 3rd annual Run Wild 5K on Saturday, June 8, at the park.

The race will begin and end at the zoo's Solar Pointe Picnic Area in the North America parking lot, with much of the course circling through the park's tree-lined walkways.

The North Carolina Chapter of the American Association of Zoo Keepers will host the event, sponsored by Chick Fil A and Health Source of Asheboro. Due to limited space on the zoo's walkways, a maximum of 600 runners will be able to participant.

Race-day registration starts at 6:30 a.m., with the race beginning promptly at 7:30 a.m. A free kid's fun run will take place at Solar Pointe at 8:45 a.m.

The cost of the race is $30 for adults and $25 for youths and includes a race t-shirt. Runners will also receive a free child's admission to the zoo with paid adult admission after the race.

For more information, go to and click on "Run Wild 5k 2013" or call 336-879-7250.

The zoo is an agency of the N.C. Department of Environment and Natural Resources, John E. Skvarla,III, secretary; Pat McCrory, governor.