Cosley Zoo Run for the Animals 2022 (Draft)

Sat June 4 - Mon June 13, 2022
This Race is in Draft Mode
Event Details

The Cosley Zoo Run for the Animals 5K/10K is hosted by the Cosley Foundation to raise funds for the animals at Cosley Zoo as well as exhibit development projects, public programs and conservation projects.

Date: Saturday, June 5, 2021
Time: 7A - Wave Start
Distance: 5K and 10K
Location: Downtown Wheaton

In-Person Price: $35
Virtual Price: $25

Race Wheaton Price: $75 (includes in-person registration for the Cosley Zoo Run for the Animals, Light the Torch Night Run, and Reindeer Run)

All runners receive a long-sleeved race shirt. In-person runners will also receive a race bib. All race registrations are non-refundable. In the event of an in-person race cancellation, runners may opt to to transfer to the virtual run or defer their race registration.

Due to social distancing guidelines related to COVID-19, only 200 in-person race registrations are currently available for the 5K and 10K. Virtual 5K and 10K race options are available. Capacity limits will be increased as allowed by the State of Illinois guidelines. Registration is available on a first-come, first-served basis.


Race Route
Downtown Wheaton beginning and ending at Main Street and Seminary Avenue.
In an effort to limit the number of race staff/volunteers and adhere to gathering restrictions, 10K runners will repeat the 5K course two times.

Wave Start
The 5K and 10K will be sent off in waves/corrals. Runners will be assigned to waves/corrals based on expected pace. All runners with strollers will be assigned to the last wave/corral. Runners will line up first in their corral located near the start line and will be directed to the start line by race volunteers. All runners must be wearing their race bib with wave/corral assignment to gain access to the corral and start line. 
2021 CARA Runners’ Choice Circuit

The Cosley Zoo Run for the Animals 10K has been selected by the Chicago Area Runners Association’s Racing Committee to be part of the 2021 CARA Runners’ Choice Circuit. The Circuit provides a competitive structure and recognition for Chicagoland runners and clubs. The Circuit annually honors Chicagoland’s top runners and clubs with Runner of the Year and Club Champion titles. Comprised of various race distances, the Runners’ Choice Circuit provide all runners – both recreational and competitive – with the opportunity to chase personal, club, and competitive goals. Learn more about how to get involved at


Wednesday, June 2 | 3-7P | Wheaton Park District Community Center
Thursday, June 3 | 8A-1P | Wheaton Park District Community Center
Saturday, June 2 | 6-6:45A


2021 race results will be posted here within six hours of race completion at

Awards will be given to the top three overall male and female runners in the 5K and 10K (gun time), and age-group winners (chip time):  19 & Under, 20-29, 30-39, 40-49, 50-59, 60-69, 70 & Over.

Due to current social distancing guidelines, there will not be an in-person ceremony. Winners will be contacted to make award pick-up arrangements.


Runners are encouraged to park in the downtown Wheaton parking garages:
Wheaton Place Garage  – 232 West Wesley Street, 1st & 2nd Floor
Willow Avenue Garage  – 220 South Cross Street, 1st Floor


  • The Cosley Zoo Run for the Animals will adhere to all State Guidelines in place on race day.
  • All participates must wear a face covering over their nose and mouth while waiting in the corrals, and at the start and finish lines. All participants and spectators are asked to wear masks within the park.
  • Masks do not need to be worn during the race.
  • Due to social distancing concerns, spectators will not be allowed to gather at the finish line.
  • Participants are encouraged to adhere to the Chicago Area Runners Association social distancing running guidelines.

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