In short: Nice course and something different. Shame about the price. In full: First time running this (and only second ever race) so I wasn't sure what to expect, but I was pleasantly surprised.
The course is nice and relatively flat with gentle gradients rather than any steep hills so is pleasant and comfortable to run. It's a 3 lap course which was nice as I could use the first lap to assess the course and learn where the uphill sections were, ready to speed up on the next 2 laps. I also particularly appreciate the water stations as they were available each time you went round on a lap. It was well organised and even had some jazzercise for warmups! I also have to commend them for getting the results and timings posted online the same day as the race.
On the downsides, it's not cheap. I know a big chunk of that covers the actual zoo entrance fee but it still seems pricey as the race itself is really just for the novelty factor of running it in the zoo. The goody bag was a letdown as well with a snack bar, bottle of water and adverts from the sponsors. For this sort of cost I would have expected some form of T-Shirt as well.
Luckily I was coming from local and it was just me, so I was able to keep the cost down but bring a few spectators and it soon mounts up.
I would be tempted to do it again next year as it is local for me and a nice course that I enjoyed, but it will all depend on the cost (or an increase in goody bag quality). Date of review: June 9, 2013
In short: Great race, with good organisation and a course that is suitable for all In full: This was my first race so I wasn't sure what to expect, however I needn't have been worried. It was well run, with a course that is not too challenging. There are a few hills but it is more undulating than hilly. Really enjoyed it. Only complaints is that official results (with times) are still not on the website. Also the wooden medal felt cheap considering the price paid. Will still do it again next year. Date of review: May 16, 2013