Sunday, June 5
United Run for the Zoo, now celebrating its 38th year, is an annual highlight of the Chicago running calendar. Benefiting Lincoln Park Zoo, it helps keep the zoo free and open 365 days a year.
The race has also sold out the past three years—so register early to guarantee your spot!
Based on participant feedback, we’ve made several improvements for the 2016 edition. Highlights include:
- New start times for the 5K and 10K
- New start line procedure with pace signs and divisions for an improved start experience
- New location for gear check for an easier, more convenient experience
- New and improved post-race celebration
Registration Opens on Tuesday, February 9
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Schedule of Events
6:30–8:15 a.m. Registration and Packet Pick-Up
7:45 a.m. 5K Run/Walk
8:30 a.m. 10K
9 a.m. Post-Race Celebration Begins
10 a.m. Safari Stampede (Ages 8 and under)
See race results from 2014 and 2015.
Start Line Information
7:45 a.m. 5K Run and Walk
8:30 a.m. 10K Run
10 a.m. Safari Stampede
We will have 5K and 10K divisions for participants. Please line up in the division for the race in which you are registered. Signage will direct participants to their designated division. Bibs will also be color-coordinated to indicate which participants are in which division.
5K Run/Walk Start Information
United Run for the Zoo will utilize a modified wave start for the 5K. A wave start consists of many staggered starts of small groups instead of one giant start for all participants. Each wave has its own start with a short time interval between each wave. This ensures a much less congested race route. In short, a wave start creates a safer, more efficient experience for all participants. Please arrive at the starting area early, and line up near your projected pace.
Pace signage will line the west side of the start line and be categorized by estimated goal pace below:
As the start time approaches, volunteers will separate participants with pennant flagging into smaller waves. Please be mindful and courteous to the volunteers as they separate participants. Remember, your time does not start until you cross the starting line.
10K Start Information
The 10K race will have one start and no waves.
Both USATF-certified 5K and 10K courses are scheduled to start on Stockton Drive and Webster Avenue at the zoo’s West Gate.
The USATF-certiﬁed 10K starts outside the zoo’s West Gate and heads north along the Lakefront Trail to Belmont Harbor Drive. It loops back around, passing Diversey Harbor and the east side of the zoo before returning north through Nature Boardwalk and zoo grounds, finishing on the Main Mall.
The USATF-certified 5K Run/Walk starts outside the zoo’s West Gate, enters the Conservatory Gate, and heads south through zoo grounds and Lincoln Park. It loops back around, flanking the east side of the zoo and Nature Boardwalk before reentering the zoo and finishing on the Main Mall. Walkers will be corralled behind runners.
The Safari Stampede mini obstacle course will be held on the South Lawn, near Park Place Café inside the Lincoln Park Zoo gates.
No dogs are allowed on course. Strollers are welcome, but runners with strollers must start at the back of the heat.
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 fee required; includes a special event participation shirt! This event SOLD OUT two months early last year and is capped at 250 registrants, so register early!
We need 200+ volunteers to make this event successful! Volunteer positions include Packet Pick-Up, Finish Line, Course, Water Stations and more. Volunteers will receive a special Lincoln Park Zoo shirt. If you are interested in volunteering, please call 312-742-2124 or email email@example.com. Bring a friend!
All participants receive a shirt with registration. Tech shirts will be offered in men’s and women’s sizing once again for all 5K and 10K participants. Safari Stampede T-shirts are unisex and available in youth small, medium, large and adult XS sizes. Sorry, no T-shirt exchanges!
By April 8
10K Run (chip-timed): $39
5K Run/Walk (chip-timed): $34
Safari Stampede (Ages 8 & under): $15
By May 13
10K Run (chip-timed): $44
5K Run/Walk (chip-timed): $39
Safari Stampede (Ages 8 & under): $20
By June 3
10K Run (chip-timed): $49
5K Run/Walk (chip-timed): $44
Safari Stampede (Ages 8 & under): $25
10K Run (chip-timed): $59
5K Run/Walk (chip-timed): $54
Safari Stampede (Ages 8 & under): $30
(Zoo members receive a $5 discount on all events if registered by June 3, 2016. Members must enter the first three digits of their member ID when prompted during the registration process. We do not offer discounts on event day.)
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Pre-Registration and Packet Pickup
You can register and pick up your packet prior to event day! You will receive your race bib, disposable timing chip, shirt and event information. Stay tuned for more information on locations, dates and hours.
Race Day Registration and Packet Pick-Up
Registration and Packet Pick-Up will take place outside the West Gate at the corner of Stockton & Webster (next to the start line) starting at 6:30 a.m. Please arrive early to ensure an efficient registration process. Registration ends 15 minutes prior to each event.
Paid parking is available in the zoo’s parking lot on Cannon Drive for a special rate of $15. Parking is limited, so please arrive early. Please visit our Locations & Directions page for more information.
Visit the Main Mall of the zoo for giveaways and the post-race celebration.
Reach more than 6,000 runners and spectators by becoming an official event sponsor! Contact Ryann Kehoe, Manager of Corporate Alliances, at 312-742-2287 or firstname.lastname@example.org.