ZooRunRun for the Animal Care and Conservation Fund

Location: Throughout the park

Date: Sunday, September 8, 2019

Presented by   Gatorade   Sponsored by  

Join us September 8, 2019, for the return of the Brookfield ZooRunRun - with courses entirely within the world-renowned Brookfield Zoo! Each year more species lose their race for survival and disappear from the wild. But it is a race we can win, and YOU CAN HELP! The Chicago Zoological Society Animal Care and Conservation Fund is dedicated to making a difference for these species across the globe and with each race entry, we will raise both awareness and funds for this great cause.

Run individually, with your friends or better yet - team up and race against other family members, teammates or colleagues. It will be a race you will always remember and the most serious fun you'll ever have! Each participant will receive a moisture-wicking t-shirt, a bib containing your timing chip as well as snacks and beverages!

And that's not all...bring your family and friends in FOR FREE to help cheer you on and enjoy the zoo.

Register for ZooRunRun


Chip-Timed 5K Race:

Start Time: 8:30 a.m.
Price: $35.00 Race Fee + Sign-Up Fee
Registration: Price increases to $45.00 after September 5. Members receive $5.00 off each registration through September 5 by entering Member ID number when prompted during registration.

Chip-Timed 1-Mile Kids Dash (for kids 4-13 years old):

Start Time: 9:30 a.m.
Price: $20.00 Race Fee + $3.00 Sign-Up Fee
Registration: Available online through September 5, 2019. Members receive $5.00 off each registration by entering Member ID number when prompted during registration.


Packets can be picked-up at the North Gate Parking Lot on:
Friday, September 6 from 12:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m
Saturday, September 7 from 10:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m.
Sunday, September 8 from 6:30 a.m. to 7:30 a.m.


You may enter the zoo any time after 6:30 am on September 8th. Both the North and South Gate Parking Lots will be open for admission. Once you have parked and entered the zoo, please proceed to the Discovery Center Parking Lot to line up in your timed corral. Please note: You will not be able to access the Discovery Center Parking Lot by vehicle.


The 5K chip-timed race will kick off at 8:30 a.m.
The 1-mile kids dash (ages 4-13) will kick off at 9:30 a.m.
Your official results will be available on-site at the results tent as well as online after the race.


Awards will be given out on the main stage at 10:00 a.m. in the Discovery Center Parking Lot for the best times in the following categories:
Top 3 Male
Top 3 Female
Top 3 Kids

Prizes will also be given away to randomly selected participants so make sure to stick around after the race to see if you won!


Can I walk the race? Yes, you can walk the race. You will line up by mile time when you start the race.
Are strollers allowed? Yes, strollers are allowed. Runners/walkers with strollers will line up in a designated corral.
If I run with a stroller, do I need to register my child? No, you do not need to register your child. Only those running need to be registered.
Are all runners chip-timed? Yes, all racers (including runners and walkers) are chip-timed.
What happens if it rains? ZooRunRun is a rain or shine race. In case of inclement weather, we encourage all participants to be prepared with proper clothing and footwear.

Additional questions?  Contact us at marketingteam@czs.org.




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