40th Annual Run for the Zoo

June 3rd, 2018


As one of the oldest short-distance races in Chicago, the 2018 course will again take place largely on and around the beautiful grounds of Lincoln Park Zoo. The 2018 Run for the Zoo course will take racers on a journey winding past winged creatures, gallop alongside gazelles, and race next to rhinos. After you complete the race, join all participants for a post-race celebration on the zoo’s Main Mall.

The race attracts nearly 6,000 participants annually and often sells out before race day. Enjoy this unique opportunity to register in advance for the 40th annual Run for the Zoo.

Did you know?

Your registration helps make possible state-of-the-art animal care, worldwide conservation, and wide-ranging education programs. Every guests participating in Lincoln Park Zoo’s public events helps to conserve wildlife and keep our gates open and free 365 days a year.

Zoo members receive a $5 discount on all events if registered by June 2, 2018. Enter the first 3 digits of your member number in the promo code section before check out.


*While the event is scheduled for Sunday, June 3, 2018 - all other information is subject to change*

Registration Fees

10K Run

5K Run

5K Walk

Safari Stampede

Kids ages 3-6. Choose between a 9:00 a.m. start or a 9:45 a.m. start.

Event Schedule

  • June 3 7:30 AM CDT - 5K Run/Walk Start

  • June 3 8:15 AM CDT - 10K Run Start

  • June 3 9:00 AM CDT - Safari Stampede First Heat: Kids Ages 3-6

  • June 3 9:00 AM CDT - Post-Race Celebration Begins

  • June 3 9:45 AM CDT - Safari Stampede Second Heat: Kids Ages 3-6

Contact Information

Event Location

Stockton & Webster, Lincoln Park Zoo, Chicago, IL, United States

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