In-Person in 2022!


For more than four decades, runners of all levels and abilities have been leaping into action with Lincoln Park Zoo’s annual Run for the Zoo. Now in its 44th year, the race is back and better than ever!


Ambitious athletes can compete in the chip-timed 5K and 10K courses, which are both U.S.A. Track & Field-certified. Families can enjoy a fun run or walk that accommodates every member of their group. And younger participants can take on the Kids' Course, a fun obstacle course built to have children running, climbing, and crawling! The race route winds in and around the zoo, allowing for beautiful views of Chicago’s skyline, Lake Michigan, protected natural areas, zoo animals, and maybe even a few roaring spectators.

Choose Your Race

10K Run

$54 Price increases after June 2, 2022 at 11:59pm CDT

5K Run / Walk

Events: 5K Run 5K Walk

Kids' Course

$25 Price increases after June 2, 2022 at 11:59pm CDT
Open to ages 3 - 8.


$49 - $54
Events: Virtual 5K Virtual 10K

2022 Supporter Medal

Donate a minimum of $25 to receive a Run for the Zoo 2022 commemorative supporter medal!

Lincoln Park Zoo is home to nearly 200 unique species from around the world. Each day, thanks to the support of generous donors like you, these animals receive specially formulated diets, expert veterinary care, and customized enrichment to keep them active and healthy.


Your Race Supports Your Zoo

Your registration helps fund state-of-the-art animal care, international conservation projects, and wide-ranging education programs. Every guest participating in Lincoln Park Zoo’s public events helps to preserve wildlife and keep our gates open and free 365 days a year. Thank you for your support!


Zoo Members Save

Zoo members receive a $5 discount on the 5K and 10K, if registered by June 1, 2022. Enter the first three  digits of your member number in the promo code section before checkout.

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Thank You to Our Sponsors!


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