Each year the Kansas City Zoo Run highlights a different featured species. 2018 is the Run for the Giraffes on Saturday, September 22nd. The Kansas City Zoo offers a 4-Mile timed event starting at 8:30 am. The Family Fun Run starts at 9:45 am. Both events are open to runners and walkers. All participants receive this year's featured specie t-shirt and finisher's medal and free race-day entry into the zoo.