Lincoln Park Zoo’s Run for the Zoo Returns in Support of Wildlife Conservation and Animal Care

Lincoln Park Zoo’s Run for the Zoo Returns in Support of Wildlife Conservation and Animal Care

Registration is now open for the 5K/10K event on June 2

CHICAGO (February 7, 2024) It’s time for Chicagoans to lace up their sneakers and hit the pavement in support of wildlife here in the city and all over the world! Lincoln Park Zoo’s annual Run for the Zoo returns for its 46th year on Sunday, June 2. Take part in a longtime tradition of zoo community members coming together to raise money in support of the zoo’s wildlife conservation efforts.

Runners—and walkers—of all abilities are welcome at Run for the Zoo. The chip-timed 5K and 10K courses are U.S.A. Track & Field-certified, perfect for ambitious athletes looking for a challenge. There is also the option to walk the 5K route. This is a family-friendly event, with a special Kids’ Course for the little sprinters ages 3 to 8 years old. This fun and unique obstacle course is built to get children running, climbing, and crawling.

“Run for the Zoo has become a time-honored tradition that we look forward to every year,” said Gretchen Kirchmer, Director of Marketing and Events. “Each time, we see a wonderful community of runners, animal lovers, and zoo fans come together in support of Lincoln Park Zoo. It’s so inspiring to see all these faces—new and returning—turn out to raise funds and awareness for wildlife conservation and animal care.”

Both the 5K and 10K routes take participants on a picturesque run winding through and around the zoo. The course offers stunning views of Lake Michigan and the city’s skyline, plus protected natural areas and a variety of animal habitats throughout Lincoln Park Zoo. Professional photography will be taken of all participants during the race.

The theme for this year’s medal and race shirt is the western lowland gorilla. All proceeds from the race help keep Lincoln Park Zoo free and open to all, as well as support the zoo’s world-class animal care and global conservation efforts. This includes initiatives like the Goualougo Triangle Ape Project, where Lincoln Park Zoo researchers monitor great ape behavior, health, and tool use in the Republic of Congo.

New this year, every Run for the Zoo registrant will receive a unique medal along with the annual race shirt and other post-race goodies. Runners are welcome to stay after the race for a fun and inclusive celebration.

Race options vary in price, with the 5K run/walk starting at $42.49, the 10K run starting at $47.49, the Wildlife Warrior combined 5K and 10K starting at $89.90, and the Kids’ Course starting at $24.99. Participants have the option to sign up for a virtual 5K or 10K as well. Lincoln Park Zoo members receive a 10% off when registering. Not a member? Visit

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About Lincoln Park Zoo

Lincoln Park Zoo inspires communities to create environments where wildlife will thrive in our urbanizing world. The zoo is a leader in local and global conservation, animal care and welfare, learning, and science. A historic Chicago landmark founded in 1868, the not-for-profit Lincoln Park Zoo is a privately-managed, member-supported organization and is free and open 365 days a year. Visit us at

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Lincoln Park Zoo

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Lincoln Park Zoo

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