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Cosley Zoo Run for the Animals

Join more than 2,500 runners for the 37th Annual Cosley Zoo Run for the Animals.

Cosley Zoo Run for the Animals 5K/10K and 1/2-Mile Zippity Zoo events are 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.

The 5K/10K events are CARA certified and the course is USATF certified.

Runners and spectators are invited to a Party in the Park after-party following the races. The party will include an awards presentation with awards given to the top overall male and female runners and age-category winners in the 5K & 10K. All 1/2-mile kids’ race participants receive a finisher’s medal.

Registration Fees*

5K/10K Kids’ 1/2-Mile
Now-May 1 $30 $15
May 2-28 $35 $15
May 30-31 Packet Pick-up $40 $20
June 2 Race Day $40 $20

*No refunds

Please note: Children ages 4 and younger who are participating in the Kids’ 1/2 Mile race must be accompanied by a parent or responsible guardian aged 14+. Parents and guardians do not need to pay for a 1/2 Mile race registration. All children participating in the 1/2 Mile race must be registered and paid.


Course Information

View the 2018 Cosley Zoo Run for the Animals Race Map (PDF)

The course is USATF certified (#IL14055JW)

The Cosley Zoo Run for the Animals is certified by the Chicago Area Runner’s Association.

The 10K course is part of the Chicago Area Runner’s Association Circuit Series

Frequently Asked Questions


Parking is available in the city lot at the corner of Wesley and Hale, one block south of Memorial Park. A limited number of street parking spaces are available.


Interested in volunteering at the race? Visit https://www.volunteersignup.org/7TCJQ

Sponsored by:

Sponsorship Opportunities

Sponsorships are available, for details please contact:

Carey Moreland

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