Group dressed as giraffes for throo the zoo

2023 Throo the Zoo Costume Contest

Thank you to everyone who joined the Throo the Zoo Costume Contest sponsored by Swags Sport Shoes! Take a look at the winners for 2023.

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Join our 2023 Throo the Zoo Costume Contest sponsored by Swags Sport Shoes!

Take a photo after this year’s run before you leave on November 11 at our photo station OR comment your individual or group photo on the Zoo’s Facebook post calling for submissions. Be sure to include your runner number(s)! This will enter you into our contest for a chance to win a prize package! See additional contest rules below.


The winners will be featured on our website and social media, plus receive a prize package.

Contest Rules:

  • Participants must have participated in the 2023 Throo the Zoo 5k Run/Walk.
  • Submissions must include your runner number(s) along with your photo or have it visible when taking a photo at our on-site photo spot.
  • Photos may include one costumed individual or costumed group of up to six individuals.
  • Photos must be submitted before Nov. 13 on the Louisville Zoo Facebook post calling for entries or by taking a photo at our photo spot with a staff member before you leave the race. 
  • Photos will be reposted by the Zoo on Facebook for voting starting Nov. 14. The photos with the most reactions will be chosen the winners.
    • Process: Louisville Zoo staff will announce winning costume contest submissions for the categories of:
      Female adult
      Male adult
      Nonbinary adult
      Female child (age 17 and under)
      Male child(age 17 and under)
      Nonbinary child (age 17 and under)
      Group winning submission (up to 6 people per group).
  • Winners will be notified on the Zoo’s social media along with the general public on Nov. 17, 2023, where the winners will be announced and photos displayed.
  • Prize: The winners will have their photos displayed on our website and social media. Each winner (individual winners and each person in group) will receive one (1) award certificate, one (1) $25 gift certificate to Swags Sports Shoes and one (1) code for free registration to the 2024 Throo the Zoo run. Codes are eligible for use by the winner(s) only when 2024 Throo the Zoo registration becomes available and are not transferable.
  • Contest entrants agree that, if their photo is selected as a winner, the Louisville Zoo may use the entrant’s name and photo for promotional purposes possibly including, but not limited to, social media posts and an official announcement on the Louisville Zoo website.
  • All contest entrants agree to have their photo used in promotional purposes including advertising, social media, brochures and signage.
  • Contest entrants will not be compensated or reimbursed for their photo submissions.
  • The contest is open to participants of Throo the Zoo. Void where prohibited, taxed or restricted by law.  All federal, state and local laws and regulations apply and all taxes are the responsibility of the winner.
  • Those submitting photos into the contest must be over 18. The subjects of the photos may be of any age.
  • All entrants agree to release the sponsors from any and all liability, claims or actions of any kind whatsoever for injuries, damages or losses of any kind to persons and property, including any accident, loss, injury or death resulting from entry into the sweepstakes and/or occurring or in any way related to the prizes.