• Chicago,
    Illinois,
    United States
  • June
  • 3 miles/5K, 6 miles/10K
  • Road Race

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40th Annual Run for the Zoo
June 3rd, 2018

Thank you for visiting our BibRave page. Run for the Zoo is an annual highlight on the Chicago running calendar. This year, we are excited to roll out NEW USATF-certified chip-timed courses. We are celebrating the 40th annual Run for the Zoo in a big way. Make sure you register soon to get in on this historic event! Run for the Zoo has sold out the last five years.

The 2018 10K and 5K courses will take place in and around the beautiful grounds of Lincoln Park Zoo. They will take racers on a journey winding past winged creatures and racing next to rhinos. After the race, all participants are invited for a post-race celebration on the zoo’s Main Mall.

The 40th annual Run for the Zoo benefits Lincoln Park Zoo and helps to keep it free and open 365 days a year. Your registration helps to provide state-of-the-art animal care, worldwide conservation, and wide-ranging education programs.

RACE HIGHLIGHTS:
- 40th anniversary of one of Chicago's favorite races
- 10K and 5K race options, plus a children’s obstacle course (Safari Stampede)
- New USATF-certified chip-timed courses
- Beautiful routes wind through Lincoln Park Zoo
- Limited-edition tech shirt included with registration
- Beer included for participants (ages 21 and older)
- Post-race celebration on the zoo’s Main Mall with DJ tunes

SAFARI STAMPEDE
The Safari Stampede Presented by GEMS World Academy Chicago Early Years is a mini obstacle course for kids to express their inner animal! Children ages 3-6 years old can participate in the Safari Stampede, located on the South Lawn near Park Place Cafe. Registration fee required; includes a special event participation shirt!

New this year: Due to popular demand, we are having a second wave of Safari Stampede! The first will start at 9 a.m., and the second will start 9:45 a.m.

At checkout, code BIBRAVE will get you a 10% discount!
https://www.lpzoo.org/run

Come join us as we celebrate 40 years of Run for the Zoo!

Amanda Wagner

Chicago, Illinois, United States
8 6
2018
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Amanda Wagner's thoughts:

I was lucky enough to run my first ever 10k at the Lincoln Park Zoo Run for the Zoo on Sunday June 3, 2018. Even though I ran cross country/track in college, I never made it through a track season due to injury and thus never got the chance to run a 10k race. The weather on race morning was absolutely perfect for a shorter race: sunny, no wind, and in the 70's. :)

My training for this race was virtually non-existent. I ran the Illinois Half Marathon on April 28, 2018 and after the race I took a couple weeks off/very low mileage due to some knee/hip pain. Once I finally started running again, I did not do any speed work and only ran 9 times between the half marathon and this race, so I was very surprised with the outcome.

-Expo/Packet pick up: The packet pick-up was held the Friday and Saturday before the race at the Lincoln Park Zoo. It was easy to find and the volunteers were friendly. I picked up packets for myself, my husband, and some friends since I was off work the Friday before the race.

-Parking: It was a little tough to find parking at the Lincoln Park Zoo lot and it was a little expensive, but it was worth it to get a close parking spot. Michael and his mom found a parking garage about a mile from the zoo for cheaper. Free Street parking is hard to come by in the area, so you should either take public transit or be willing to shell out some cash for parking. 

-Waiting for the start: The start line was easy to find and had different sections of the corral depending on your projected finish time pace. I lined up a the appropriate spot, but I felt like a lot of other people did not. There were definitely people who started too fast and then faded, but I feel like this happens most races. 

-Race course: The course was relatively flat and fast. It started on the road in front of the Lincoln Park Zoo, then moved to the Lake Front Running Path, and then you finished with a loop inside the Zoo. There were lots of beautiful views to take in on the 10k course! The only parts of the course I did not like was the start of the race/end of the race were run on the uneven road and the slippery board walk in the last half mile. I felt nervous that I was going to slip, but I luckily did not. It is not the race's fault either- it had rained the night before. Overall, they did a great job of marking the course and ensuring our safety.

 
-Post race/after party: As soon as I finished the race inside the Zoo, I was greeted with all kinds of beverages and treats. My favorite was the post-race popsicle! There were various vendors out and about, so you could get a lot of free treats. Kind bars, beer, water, Gatorade, and Bobo's Oat Bars to name a few. You could take a walk through the Zoo to say hello to the animals, take pictures in any of the ionic locations in the zoo, or dance to the post-race music. 

-Swag: Every finisher got a cool dri-fit shirt. The top male and female 5k and 10k winners each won free flight tickets, so that was cool. As mentioned above, there were treats galore. There were also free race photos and they definitely captured some great moments during the race. :P

Overall, it was fun race! It’s flat and fast which is perfect for obtaining a 5k or 10k PR. I'd run it again next year!

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