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Cosley Zoo Run for the Animals 5K & 10K

Saturday, June 5, 2021 | 7A Start
Memorial Park (208 W Union Ave, Wheaton) or Virtual

2021 Race Results


Registration is no longer available.


Virtual: $25 per person
In-Person: $35 per person


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 transfer to the virtual run or defer their race registration.

In-person races are limited to 200 5K and 200 10K runners. In-person registration is available on a first-come, first-served basis. The number of in-person runners will be adjusted based on State of Illinois gathering guidelines.

With current restrictions, the 1/2 Mile Kids’ Race is not planned at this time.

Packet Pick-Up

  • Wednesday, June 2 | 3-7P | Wheaton Park District Community Center
  • Thursday, June 3 | 8A-1P | Wheaton Park District Community Center
  • Saturday, June 5 | 6-6:45A | Memorial Park


Wave Start

The 5K and 10K will be sent off in waves/corrals. Runners will be assigned to waves/corrals based on the 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 provides all runners – both recreational and competitive – with the opportunity to chase personal, club, and competitive goals. Learn more about how to get involved at www.circuitraces.com.


2021 Race Results


Awards will be given to the top three overall male and female runners in the 5K and 10K and age-group winners.

All awards will be based on chip-timed race results.

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

COVID-19 Guidelines

  • The Cosley Zoo Run for the Animals will adhere to all State Guidelines in place on race day.
  • All participants must wear a face covering over their nose and mouth while waiting in the corrals and at the start line.
  • 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.


Questions about race day or becoming a sponsor?

Please contact Carey Moreland at cmoreland@wheatonparks.org or 630.510.4961.


All Photos © 2021 Gerald Acabal


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