Thursday, October 30, 2014

"Run For Wildlife 5K" Q&A

Are you running in Busch Gardens' first annual "Run For Wildlife 5K"? If so, we've compiled an article with a series of Q&A style questions found on the official Busch Gardens & "Run For Wildlife 5K" website regarding the event. If any of your questions have been left unanswered, feel free to submit a comment in the area below and we'll do our best to help you out!  

Why are you doing a run at Busch Gardens?
  • SeaWorld Parks, including Busch Gardens, has a longstanding commitment to animal care, education and conservation. As part of that commitment, we work to provide opportunities for our guests, and the community e serve, to support animal conservation worldwide through the SeaWorld & Busch Gardens Conservation Fund. 100% of the proceeds from the Run For Wildlife 5K will benefit the Conservation Fund. 
Can anyone participate? What about people that don’t run?
  • Yes, the Run for Wildlife 5k is open to the public and everyone is encouraged to participate and join SeaWorld and Busch Gardens in supporting animal conservation. Joggers and walkers are also welcomed to join, but must maintain a pace of 16 minutes per mile.
Am I allowed to push a baby jogger, stroller or wheelchair?
  • For your safety and the safety of other runners/walkers, no baby joggers, strollers or wheelchairs are allowed during this timed event.  The course has a number of turns and ramps that would make it difficult to safely maneuver a baby jogger, stroller or wheelchair.
Are there different age groups?
  • The Run for Wildlife 5k will be staged in waves, not age groups.
Can spectators come to the event?
  • Spectators are welcome at the start/finish line, however, only paid 5k participants are allowed in the park during the run. Additionally, only paid 5k participants receive complimentary admission to Busch Gardens Tampa after the race.
How much does it cost to participate?
  • Early Bird Registration is $30, until Oct. 25. After that, registration is $35.
Where can I pick up the race registration packet?
  • Package pick-up will be available on Friday, November 21 from 2 to 8 p.m. at the Busch Gardens Human Resources office, located at 3605 E. Bougainvillea Ave.  Please bring a completed liability waiver form, or request to fill one out, to receive your race registration packet. Forms can be downloaded directly from the registration page on
Can I pick up a registration packet for a friend or family member?
  • Yes you can pick up a registration packet for a friend or family member, ONLY if they have filled out the Authorization Form, which you can find at
How much of that money goes to the Conservation Fund?
  • 100% of the funds raised will benefit the SeaWorld & Busch Gardens Conservation Fund.
How is this benefiting animal conservation?
  • For more than 40 years, SeaWorld Parks & Entertainment – encompassing SeaWorld, Busch Gardens and Discovery Cove - have initiated and supported wildlife conservation, research, and education at home and around the world. Launched in 2003, the Fund was created to provide guests with an easy, direct way to get involved and make a difference.
What does that entry fee include?
  • Registration includes post-race admission to Busch Gardens Tampa, valid for race participant only, on Sat., Nov. 22, 2014. Participants also receive a dri-fit (uni-sex sizing) race shirt, finishers medal, race bib with timing chip and light refreshments at the finish line.
Will bag-check be available at the race?
  • Bag check will not be available at this event.  Due to the close proximity of the parking lot, participants should be prepared to keep their personal belongings in their vehicle. 
What is the race schedule?
Note: Race day registration is now permitted. Race day schedule is as follow:
  • 6:00 a.m. Parking lot opens and packet pick-up available
  • 7:30 a.m. 5k begins, wave starts to be determined
  • 8:30 a.m. Participants must have cleared the finish line, or will be transported there
Where in the park will runners go?
  • The course will take participants throughout several of the 300 acres at Busch Gardens Tampa, including several animal habitats and world-class coasters.
Where can people sign up?
  • Those interested can click here, or check out for registration information. Participants MUST register in advance; no race day registration will be allowed.
Is there a timed-pace for this event?
  • Yes, participants that are not able to keep a 16 min/mile pace will be transported back to the finish line.
Will there be restroom and changing facilities?
  • There will be temporary restrooms available at the start/finish line, and restrooms are available along the course.  We do not have changing and shower facilities available.
Will there be awards?
  • Awards will be presented to the Overall Male and Female Finishers.
Do other SeaWorld parks do runs like this?
  • While other SeaWorld Entertainment parks have done similar races, there is no other race in the world that provides the experience found at the Run for Wildlife 5k!
Will guests get to stay in the park after the race?
  • Every registered participant will receive one complimentary single-day ticket to experience Busch Gardens Tampa on Saturday, Nov. 22 ONLY. Participants leaving the parking lot post-race and returning later in the day to visit Busch Gardens Tampa will pay regular parking rates.
What are the park hours for Saturday, November 22?
  • Busch Gardens will be open from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. on November 22.; Please be advised that park hours are subject to change without notice.; Please visit for park information.

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