News Release

July 10, 2012

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Contact : Sondra Katzen
Chicago Zoological Society
708.688.8351
sondra.katzen@czs.org

Register for Brookfield Zoo’s Zoo Run Run for the Conservation Fund
5K and 3K Routes Entirely Within the Zoo

     Brookfield, Ill.—Walkers and runners can get some exercise and help raise funds to support threatened species and their environments at Brookfield Zoo’s Zoo Run Run for the Conservation Fund on Sunday, September 23. All ages and paces are welcome to sprint like gazelles or trot like turkeys through the 5K and 3K routes. Registered participants may bring family and friends to cheer them on and enjoy the zoo afterwards at no additional charge.

Zoo Run Run features a 5K chip-timed run, and the course is USA Track and Field certified. A 5K and 3K fun walk will also take place. Proceeds from the event will benefit the Chicago Zoological Society’s Conservation Fund, which supports research and education efforts around the world and at Brookfield Zoo, including the Center for the Science of Animal Welfare and the Center for Conservation Leadership.

All events begin at 8:30 a.m. in the zoo’s Discovery Center parking lot. The course will take participants under a forest canopy of oak trees and will continue past white pelicans rescued from the Gulf of Mexico. Several animal exhibits featured along the path include The Living Coast, Great Bear Wilderness, Australia House, Pachyderm House, and Big Cats. The 5K and 3K walkers will begin their wild trek immediately following the runners.

In addition to free admission to the zoo, participants also receive an official Zoo Run Run T-shirt. The registration fee is $25 through July 31 ($20 for Brookfield Zoo members), $30 from August 1 through September 22 ($25 for Brookfield Zoo members), and $35 for all who register on race day. Packets will be available for pickup on race day starting at 7:00 a.m., and details of additional packet pickup will be announced closer to the race date. An awards ceremony will take place on the East Mall at approximately 10:30 a.m. Zoo Run Run is sponsored by Walgreens, Aquafina, Gatorade, and American Airlines. For further information and to register as an individual or a team, go to www.CZS.org/ZooRunRun.

The mission of the Chicago Zoological Society, which manages Brookfield Zoo, is to inspire conservation leadership by connecting people with wildlife and nature. Open every day of the year, Brookfield Zoo is located off First Avenue between the Stevenson (I-55) and Eisenhower (I-290) expressways and is also accessible via the Tri-State Tollway (I-294), Metra commuter line, CTA, and PACE bus service.

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