• Chicago,
    United States
  • June
  • 3 miles/5K, 6 miles/10K, Virtual Race
  • Road Race
  • Event Website

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41st Annual Run for the Zoo
June 2, 2019

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 41st 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 2019 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 41st 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.

• 41st anniversary of one of Chicago’s favorite races.
• USATF-certified, chip-timed courses
• Beautiful route winding through Lincoln Park Zoo’s historic grounds
• TEAM CHALLENGE: Largest team, fastest team, and biggest fundraiser win fun prizes!
• NEW THIS YEAR Participants who donate a minimum of $25 will earn a commemorative medal!
• Limited-edition tech shirt
• Post-race celebration on the zoo’s Main Mall with DJ tunes
• Beer for participants ages 21+

The Safari Stampede is a mini obstacle course for kids to express their inner animal! Recommended for children ages 3-8 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!

Back by 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!

Come join us as we celebrate 41 years of Run for the Zoo!

Katie St Pierre

Woodbridge, Virginia, United States
44 45
"Super cute shirt!"
Race Management
Virtual Support
Katie St Pierre's thoughts:

Lincoln Park Run for the Zoo

The Lincoln Park Zoo is Chicago’s free zoo and its yearly Run for the Zoo turned into an exciting virtual race for this year! They have some CUTE animals at the zoo, and I wanted to support them. I mean, c'mon....

Polar Bears
and More~

My Virtual Run for the Zoo

I signed up for the 10k distance and dressed up in my animal skirt and the most ADORABLE race shirt. Look at that ostrich! The shirt is super soft and was true-to-size.

I didn't have anywhere with animals to run, so I headed out to Prince William Forest Park (Virginia) for a trail run. Lots of hills in nature - it was beautiful scenery, albeit a bit muggy.

My friend Toni joined me on the race and she was very jealous of my shirt. She told me that her son lives in Chicago and loves to visit the Lincoln Park Zoo.

There was a little stream that we crossed over via a bridge...

And look! An animal! Not a bear or penguin or any exciting animal that you can see at the Lincoln Park Zoo, but a real live WILD squirrel!!!!

My "official" time for the Run for the Zoo was 1:25:51. Not terribly fast, but this course is a bit hilly!

We also saw this cool bird that posed for me while I took a picture.

And of course, my post-race hydration and refreshment included a Strawberry Acai Refresher from Starbucks.

It' a bummer that this race turned into a virtual, but I'm glad we still got to support the zoo. The "real life" race looks like a lot of fun!

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