Cosley Zoo Virtual Run for the Animals 2020

Sat June 6 - Sun June 21, 2020

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Virtual Race Date & Start Time
Registered runners/walkers have anytime from Saturday, June 6, 2020 - Sunday, June 21, 2020 to complete their selected distance.

5K & 10K: $35 | Kids' 1/2 Mile: $15

What is a Virtual Race?
A virtual race is self-timed and can be completed by participants on their favorite outdoor run/walk route or on a treadmill. There is no official race route or start time.

Race Course
Due to social distancing guidelines there is no official race course. Runners/walkers may select their own 5K, 10K or 1/2 mile routes or may complete their registered distance on a treadmill. Runners/walkers are asked to select a route that will allow them to maintain the recommended social distancing guidelines.

The virtual Cosley Zoo Run for the Animals is self-timed. To have your time included in the race results, runners/walkers must submit their results by the end of the day on 6/21/2020.

Recording/Posting Race Results
Race results are recorded by the runner/walker directly on the registration website.

Sign into the website and click on the "Virtual Race" tab from the menu. In the Contact Info tab you can sign up for a text message or email to receive race result instructions sent during on 6/6/2020.

Participants can also email their time to If emailing your time, please be sure to include your name, distance (5K or 10K ) and time (hour, minutes, seconds). Results will only be posted for the 5K and 10K distances.

Please adhere to the Chicago Area Runners Association social distancing guidelines, including:

  • Please begin your run from home. Do not travel to run, especially to parks and forest preserves that are increasingly becoming overcrowded.
  • Do not gather in groups. Gathering increases the risk of spreading the virus amongst the group, and eventually to your family at home.
  • Runners must avoid running where many have gathered, and you are unable to maintain social distancing. Look for side streets and less-traveled routes. If you do come across a crowded area, immediately change your route.
  • Get up early! Run before others are out walking to work or the grocery store. Commit to doing your part to decreasing congestion on local sidewalks and trails.
  • If you do come across another person on your run, make room for safe passing. Always maintain at least six feet of separation, even if this means you have to slow down or stop.
  • The best thing you can do is to avoid running where you may interact with others. But that may not be possible. In this case, run with a mask or face covering. The situation is that serious, and it is time we take that extra step. Running with a mask might force you to slow down, but it helps protect the community.  If you do not have a mask sufficient for running, consider using a running “buff” as a face covering, or a DIY buff made of an old running shirt.

Click here for the full list of CARA social distancing runner guidelines.


Race Shirts & Prizes
A 2020 Cosley Zoo Run for the Animals race shirt is included with registration.

5K's and 10K participants will receive a long sleeve running shirt and kids' 1/2 mile participants will receive a short sleeve running shirt. Please select your correct shirt size and type (men's, women's or children's) when registering.

Shirts will be ordered once registration closes on 6/6/2020 and mailed directly to participants in late June.

No finisher medals will be given.

Questions: Please contact Carey Moreland at

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