United Run for the Zoo
United Run for the Zoo
Sunday, June 7
The United Run for Zoo is always a highlight on the Chicago running calendar—and hugely popular: the race SOLD OUT in 2014! The race benefits Lincoln Park Zoo, helping to keep it free and open 365 days a year. In response to participant feedback, there are several changes and improvements in store for the 33rd annual edition of the race in 2015. Here are some of the highlights:
(You may also download a printable registration form to register via mail. Please mail your completed registration with payment by May 15.)
See additional registration information below.
Schedule of Events
Registration and Packet Pick-Up
Safari Stampede (Ages 8 and under) SOLD OUT
All USATF-certified 5K and 10K courses are scheduled to start on Stockton Drive and Webster Avenue at the zoo’s West Gate. The 10K will take participants onto the lakeshore path, traveling north to Belmont Harbor Drive, and loop around back, past Diversey Harbor, along the west side of the zoo, past the south pond at Nature Boardwalk, before entering the south gate and finishing through the zoo.
The 5K Run/Walk will take participants north through the Conservatory Gate, then head back south through the zoo, exiting by Café Brauer, then around the south part of the zoo before entering the south gate and finishing in the zoo. Walkers will be corralled behind runners.
The Safari Stampede mini obstacle course will be held on the South Lawn, near Park Place Café inside Lincoln Park Zoo gates.
No dogs allowed on course. Strollers are welcome, but runners must start at the back of the heat.
|Download the 5K Run/Walk Course Map|
|Download the 10K Run Course Map|
Safari Stampede (SOLD OUT)
The Safari Stampede is a mini obstacle course for kids to express their inner animal! Children ages 8 and under can participate in the Safari Stampede, located on the South Lawn near Park Place Café. Registration fees required; includes a special event-participation shirt! The Safari Stampede replaces the free Kids Dash from previous years. This event is now sold out! Thanks to everyone who registered for it!
We need 200-plus volunteers to make this event successful! Volunteer positions include Packet Pick-Up, Finish Line, Course and the Water Station. Volunteers will receive a special souvenir T-shirt. If you are interested in volunteering please call 312-742-2124 or email email@example.com. Bring a friend!
Reach more than 6,000 runners and spectators by becoming an official event sponsor! Contact Eric Alvarez, Manager of Corporate Alliances, at 312-742-2287 or by email at firstname.lastname@example.org.
All participants receive a T-shirt with registration.
|REGISTRATION||By April 10||By May 15||By June 4||PPU/Race Day|
|10K Run (chip-timed)||$35||$40||$45||$55|
|5K Run/Walk (chip-timed)||$30||$35||$40||$50|
Please note: Safari Stampede is now sold out and registration is closed for this event.
(Lincoln Park Zoo members receive a $5 discount on all events if registered by June 4. Members should enter the first three digits of their member ID when prompted during the registration process. We do not offer discounts on event day.)
Already registered? Please confirm your registration.
Paid parking is available in the zoo’s parking lot on Cannon Drive for a special rate of $14. Parking is limited. Arrive early. Please visit this page for more information.
Pre-Register & Packet Pickup
You can register and pick up your packets prior to event day! You will receive your race bib, disposable timing chip, T-shirt and event information.
Friday, June 5, 11 a.m.–6 p.m.
Lincoln Park Zoo
Near the zoo’s West Gate at corner of Webster Avenue and Stockton Drive
(Free one-hour parking. Parking is available in the zoo parking lot at Fullerton Parkway and Cannon Drive. Parking validations will be available for those picking up their packets on Friday.)
Saturday, June 6, 9 a.m.–1 p.m.
New Balance Chicago
2369 N. Clark Street
(Free one-hour parking. Parking is available at Belden Self Park at Clark Street and Belden Avenue. Parking validations will be available for those picking up their packets on Saturday.
Come early to get your desired T-shirt size.
Race Day Registration and Packet Pick-Up
Registration and packet pick-up will take place outside the zoo’s West Gate at the corner of Stockton Drive and Webster Avenue (next to the start line) starting at 6:30 a.m. Please arrive early to ensure accurate registration. Registration ends 15 minutes prior to each event. Races sold out in advance last year, so please arrive early!
Post-Race Party and Exposition Area
After the race, be sure to visit the Run for the Zoo post-party on the Main Mall! Enjoy refreshments and sponsor giveaways. All Run for the Zoo participants will receive a slice of Aurelio’s pizza. Participants who are 21 years or older can celebrate with a beer, compliments of Lagunitas Brewing.
Tech Top Sizing
New Balance tech shirts will be offered in men’s and women’s sizing once again for all 5K and 10K participants.
Desired T-shirt size is not guaranteed. Sorry, no T-shirt exchanges!
Safari Stampede T-shirts are unisex and available in youth small, medium and large sizes.