United Run for the Zoo
United Run for the Zoo
Sunday, June 2
This USATF-certified, chip-timed race is a highlight of the Chicago running calendar. Each 5K and 10K registered/paid participant receives a New Balance Tech Top!
New for 2013: the Safari Stampede is a mini obstacle course for kids to express their inner animal! Registration fees required and includes special event-participation shirt! The Safari Stampede replaces the free Kids Dash from previous years.
See additional registration information below.
Schedule of Events
5K Fun Walk
Safari Stampede (Ages 8 and under)
Check back here for results beginning on June 2 after the race.
All 5K and 10K courses are scheduled to start on Stockton Drive between Webster and Dickens just south of the zoo’s West Gate. The USATF-certified run will loop around Lincoln Park’s south park path, travel through the zoo, access residential streets and exit along lakeshore paths, finishing on the east side of the zoo. The 5K Fun Walk will also travel through the zoo and remain on Lincoln Park paths to the finish, also on the east side of the zoo. Both courses offer wild scenic views of the city and the zoo!
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.
|10K Run Map|
|5K Fun Walk Map|
|5K Run Map|
|Safari Stampede Map|
New for 2013, 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. Distances vary by age. Registration fees required; includes a special event-participation shirt! (The Safari Stampede replaces the free Kids Dash from previous years.)
Be a part of the excitement by volunteering. Volunteers are needed for a variety of jobs. Receive a special souvenir T-shirt. For more information, call 312-742-2124. Bring a friend!
Reach thousands of runners and spectators by becoming an official event sponsor! Contact Eric Alvarez, Manager of Corporate Alliances, at 312-742-2287.
All participants receive a T-shirt with paid registration.
|REGISTRATION||By April 26, 2013||Pre-Race by May 22, 2013||Race Day on June 2, 2013|
|10K Run (chip-timed)||$30||$35||$40|
|5K Run (chip-timed)||$30||$35||$40|
|5K Fun Walk (6 & under free)||$25||$30||$35|
|Safari Stampede (Ages 8 & under)||$13||$15||$20|
(Children ages 6 and under are FREE for the 5K Fun Walk with a paid registrant. Unpaid participants do not receive a T-shirt. Zoo members receive a $5 discount on all events if registered by June 1, 2013. We do not offer discounts on event day.)
Or you can opt to download a printable registration form to register via mail or fax. Please mail or fax your completed registration with payment by May 15, 2013.
Paid parking is available in the zoo’s parking lot on Cannon Drive for a special rate of $14. Parking is limited. Arrive early.
Pre-register & Packet Pickup
You can register and pick up your packets at Lincoln Park Zoo and New Balance Chicago! You will receive your runner number, disposable timing chip, T-shirt and event information.
Kovler Lion House at Lincoln Park Zoo, 2200 N. Cannon Drive (free parking for 1 hour)
Friday, May 31, 4–7 p.m.
Saturday, June 1, 8 a.m.–2 p.m.
New Balance Chicago, 2369 N. Clark Street (free validated parking at Belden Self-Park)
Thursday, May 30, 11 a.m.–8 p.m.
Come early to get your desired T-shirt size.
New for 2013: You can only register online by May 22, 2013. After this date, you can only register at packet-pickup locations and on race day (if the event hasn’t already sold out).
Race Day Registration and Packet Pickup
Registration and packet pickup will take place inside Lincoln Park Zoo near Gateway Pavilion 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!
Visit the Main Mall of the zoo for sponsor giveaways.
New Balance Tech Top Sizing
Desired T-shirt size is not guaranteed.
Safari Stampede T-shirts are unisex and available in youth small and youth large sizes.
The Chronotrack Disposable Chip comes attached to a plastic strip that is already adhered to your bib number. No need to wait until race day to pick up your chip—it’s already on your bib when you go to a pre-registration/packet pickup event!
The chip tag should be peeled from the bib on race day and attached to your shoelaces—adhesive tabs and your shoelaces keep the tag in place. You must cross the special mats at the start and finish lines in order for your time to be recorded. After crossing the finish line, the tag is yours to discard or to keep as a souvenir of your experience at United Run for the Zoo.
Please note that there is no fundraising component to the event this year.