This weekend the Alaska Zoo is promoting health and safety with family-friendly activities for all ages. On Saturday, May 11, the Kids Fun Run gives young athletes and their families early access to the zoo while on Sunday, May 12, the zoo’s annual Bear Aware event returns to help visitors brush up on bear safety.

Sponsored by McDonald’s Alaska, Healthy Futures and The Odom Corporation, the Kids Fun Run invites runners ages 3- 10 to race past their favorite animals along the zoo’s trails. Check-in is at 9 a.m., and start times for runners are segmented by age groups:

9:30 a.m. for ages 3-4, 0.25K, Arctic Fox Trot

9:45 a.m. for ages 5-6, 1K, Polar Bear Pursuit

10 a.m. for ages 7-8, 1K, Moose Marathon

10:15 a.m. for ages 9-10, 1K, Caribou Cruise

Registration is $25 and includes Powerade, an event t-shirt and finishers ribbon. Runner registration also includes admission to the zoo from 9 – 11 a.m., for runners as well as their families.

This Sunday from noon to 4 p.m., Bear Aware returns with a focus on safely living and recreating in bear country. Visitors will observe bear-resistant container tests, enjoy bear-related activities and learn how to share the environment with bears in the wild. Because the event is held on Mother’s Day, all moms will receive complimentary entry to the zoo for the day.

The educational Bear Aware event is made possible by the Anchorage Bear Committee and its partners, including Alaska Department of Fish and Game, Alaska Zoo, Bureau of Land Management, Alaska Botanical Garden, Visit Anchorage, U.S. Forest Service, National Park Service, Alaska Wildlife Alliance, Solid Waste Services and Defenders of Wildlife.

Making it even easier to head to the zoo for summer fun, this weekend the Alaska Zoo’s summer shuttle service resumes. From May 11 - Sept. 20, the free shuttles will take visitors from the Anchorage Convention and Visitors Bureau Log Cabin downtown to the zoo grounds. Timing varies from month to month, and May shuttle hours are from 9:40 a.m. to 5:15 p.m.

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