News Release


Contact: Sondra Katzen, Public Relations, 708.688.8351,


August 25, 2017




Note: Images of ZooRunRun for the Conservation Fund may be downloaded below:


Race Through the Wild at Brookfield Zoo’s ZooRunRun for the Conservation Fund

Annual 5K for Runners and Walkers and New 1-Mile Kids’ Dash Raise Awareness,

Funding to Conserve Wildlife


Brookfield, Ill. – Whether you’re as swift as a gazelle or prefer a slower pace like tortoise, you can take part in Brookfield Zoo’s annual ZooRunRun for the Conservation Fund, dedicated to protecting animals around the world. Runners and walkers are invited to lace up on Sunday, September 10, for the annual 5K race through the zoo, presented by Aquafina and Gatorade and sponsored by DuPage Medical Group. In addition, participants can bring family members and friends for free to help cheer them on and enjoy the zoo after the run.

The 5K chip-timed race will kick off promptly at 8:30 a.m. New for 2017 is the 1-Mile Kids’ Dash for children ages 4 to 13, which will start at 9:30 a.m. This year’s 5K course starts at Discovery Center and takes participants throughout the zoo and past many of the animals’ habitats. Participants can glide past lemurs and ravens at Hamill Family Play Zoo, soar by condors and bald eagles, thunder by bison at Great Bear Wilderness, gallop past giraffes in Habitat Africa! The Savannah, and roar across the finish line with the lions, tigers, and snow leopards.

Joining in the day’s event will be staff from DuPage Medical Group. Prior to and after the run, participants can join some of their physical therapists, who will lead a short stretching exercise session. Representatives will also be staffing a Teddy Bear Check-Up. If your child’s favorite toy “patient” has been under the weather lately, bring it in for a wellness check-up and diagnosis.

Every day, animal species across the globe face threats to their existence, and some even disappear from the wild. Proceeds from ZooRunRun directly benefit the Chicago Zoological Society’s Animal Care and Conservation Fund. The Fund is dedicated to making a difference for these species through international research and education efforts, including groundbreaking and award-winning programs, such as the Center for the Science of Animal Care and Welfare and the Center for Conservation Leadership.

“At the core of everything we do is improving the lives of animals – both here at Brookfield Zoo and in the wild,” said Stuart Strahl, Ph.D., president and CEO of the Chicago Zoological Society, which manages Brookfield Zoo. “ZooRunRun is a fun way for everyone to contribute to critical conservation efforts that truly benefit a diversity of animals and habitats, including some of those that call Brookfield Zoo home.” 

Each participant will receive a moisture-wicking T-shirt and a timed bib. All participants are encouraged to invite family and friends to cheer them on and enjoy music, and prize giveaways at the postrace celebration.

Runners and walkers can register for $35 through August 31. From September 1 to 9, registration is $40, and on race day, the fee is $45. (Registration fees not included.) Children ages 4 to 13 can also register for the Kids’ Dash for $15 through September 9.

Early packet pickup will be available at the zoo’s north parking lot, located at 8400 31st Street in Brookfield, on Friday, September 8, between noon and 7:00 p.m. and Saturday, September 9, from 10:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m.



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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 at 8400 31st Street in Brookfield, Illinois, 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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