Busch Gardens Hosting Run For The Fund 5K on Jan. 20

For more than 40 years, SeaWorld Parks 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. Now in its third year, the SeaWorld & Busch Gardens Conservation Fund’s Run for the Fund 5K gives runners the chance to make a difference and support animal conservation efforts worldwide. 

This is a great opportunity for guests of all ages to take part in the Conservation Fund’s mission to work with purpose and passion on behalf of wildlife and habitats across the globe, as well as support wildlife conservation, education, and research at Busch Gardens Tampa Bay.


The Conservation Fund’s Run for the Fund 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 at least 16 minutes per mile.

  • $30 per person: December 1, 2016 - January 18, 2017
  • $35 per person: January 19-20, 2017
Registration includes one voucher to purchase a $25 Busch Gardens Tampa Bay admission, valid for one visit through May 29, 2017. Participants also receive a dri-fit (uni-sex sizing) race shirt, finisher’s medal, race bib with timing chip, and light refreshments at the finish line.

Package pick-up will be available on Thursday, January 19 from 3:00 to 7:00 PM and Friday, January 20 from 11:00 AM to 7:00 PM at Adventure Island. The entrance is located off of Bougainvillea Avenue.


During the day of the race, the parking lot opens at 6:00 a.m. The first wave will begin at 7:15 a.m. and the second wave will begin at 7:30 a.m. Awards will be distributed at 8:30 a.m. By 9 a.m. Busch Gardens’ Moroccan Village will open exclusively for runners who participated in the 5K.

Participants leaving the parking lot following the race and returning later in the day to visit Busch Gardens will pay regular parking rates. While the start/finish for this 5K is in the east parking lot, participants will run through the park for most of the 3.1 miles with animal and character appearances throughout the course! The course will take participants throughout several of the 300 acres at Busch Gardens Tampa Bay, including several animal habitats and world-class thrill rides.

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