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Cosley Zoo Run for the Animals Virtual Race Event

Saturday, June 6-Sunday, June 21, 2020

Due to social distancing guidelines related to COVID-19, this year’s run will be a virtual race.


5K/10K Race

$35per participant

Kids' 1/2-Mile

$15per participant

Race registration fees are non-refundable and non-transferable.


  • 5K and 10K runners receive a long sleeve race shirt*
  • Kids’ 1/2 Mile runners receive a short sleeve race shirt*

*Race shirts will be mailed directly to registered runners in late June.


Due to social distancing guidelines, there is no official course. Runners and walkers may select their favorite 5K, 10K or 1/2 mile route, or complete the distance on a treadmill.


  • The virtual race is self-timed.
  • 5K and 10K participants may submit their race time on the race registration website between 6/6/2020 and 6/21/2020.
  • No results will be posted for the Kids’ 1/2 Mile.


All runners/walkers are strongly encouraged to practice the Chicago Area Runners Association social distancing runner guidelines:

  • 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 if you are in the city, 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.

Please visit the CARA website for more information (https://cararuns.org/cs/cara/site.viewblog/105).


2020 Cosley Run FAQs

For questions not covered in the FAQs, please contact Carey Moreland at cmoreland@wheatonparks.org.




June 6, 2020
June 21, 2020
$15 – $35
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Cosley Zoo (Cosley Foundation)

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