News Release
Contact: Sondra Katzen, Public Relations, 708.688.8351,                                                                        
August 25, 2016
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Help Make a Difference at Brookfield Zoo’s ZooRunRun for the Conservation Fund
5K for Runners and Walkers Dedicated to Conserving Wildlife

Brookfield, Ill. — It’s time to get your running or walking shoes on and head to Brookfield Zoo for its annual ZooRunRun for the Conservation Fund, presented by Aquafina and Gatorade and sponsored by Walgreens. The 5K race, which is dedicated to protecting animals around the world, will wind through the zoo's 216 acres on Sunday, September 11. 

Proceeds from the event benefit the Chicago Zoological Society’s Animal Welfare and Conservation Fund, which supports research and education efforts around the world and at Brookfield Zoo through groundbreaking and award-winning programs, such as the Center for the Science of Animal Welfare and the Center for Conservation Leadership.

“The challenges that species face in the wild today are serious and complex," said Stuart Strahl, Ph.D., president and CEO of the Chicago Zoological Society, which manages Brookfield Zoo. “This annual event is a way for people to help aid in efforts to protect threatened species and habitats while racing alongside the very animals we are working to save.”

The 5K chip-timed race begins at 8:30 a.m. at the Discovery Center. This year’s course first passes the zoo’s lemurs and ravens at Hamill Family Play Zoo, then bounds past Nigerian Dwarf goats at Hamill Family Wild Encounters, slithers around The Swamp, soars past white pelicans at the Formal Pool, glides past condors and bald eagles, thunders past bison in Great Bear Wilderness, gallops past giraffes, zebras and camels in Habitat Africa and then encounters black rhinos and pygmy hippos before finishing past the Big Cats – lions, tigers, and snow leopards.
All participants will receive moisture-wicking t-shirts as well as timed bibs for their journey and are also encouraged to bring family and friends to cheer them on and enjoy music, food, beverages and prize giveaways at the post-race festival for no additional charge.

Runners can register for $35 through August 31 and for $40 from August 31 through September 10. Day-of registration at the event on September 11 is $45.

Race packet pickup will take place in the zoo’s main parking lot (8400 31st Street, Brookfield) on Friday, September 9, from 1:00 to 7:00 p.m. and on Saturday, September 10, from 11:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. For more information and to register, visit

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About the Chicago Zoological Society
The mission of the Chicago Zoological Society is to inspire conservation leadership by connecting people with wildlife and nature. The Chicago Zoological Society is a private nonprofit organization that operates Brookfield Zoo on land owned by the Forest Preserves of Cook County. The Society is known throughout the world for its international role in animal population management and wildlife conservation. Its Center for the Science of Animal Care and Welfare is at the forefront of animal care that strives to discover and implement innovative approaches to zoo animal management. Brookfield Zoo is the first zoo in the world to be awarded the Humane Certified™ certification mark for the care and welfare of its animals, meeting American Humane Association’s rigorous certification standards. Open every day of the year, the 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. For further information, visit


Sondra Katzen
Media Relations Manager
Office: 708-688-8351
Cell Phone: 708-903-2071


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