Disclaimer: I received free entry to the Lincoln Park Zoo Run for the Zoo Virtual 5K to review as part of being a BibRave Pro. Learn more about becoming a BibRave Pro (ambassador), and check out BibRave.com to review, find, and write race reviews!
Pssst. You, yeah, you! Have you started running during this crazy pandemic? Do you run around your neighborhood aimlessly without a real goal in mind? I’ve got just the ticket—a virtual race series! Oh, but wait. This isn’t just any virtual race series. Think Tiger King meets running, because this is the Lincoln Park Zoo: Run for the Zoo event of a lifetime. In its forty-two years of existence, there has never been a virtual option for this race until now. So leap over your cat or dog, and register today!
Here are your options according to the race site:
- A 5K and 10K virtual race options to run, walk, or enjoy nature in your community and support the Lincoln Park Zoo!
- A virtual Safari Stampede race to encourage kids to express their inner animal
- Mailed race packets with themed tech shirts (with a brand new logo for 2020!)
- Commemorative Supporter medals for qualifying participants
- A special virtual race bag with incredible deals from the zoo’s partners
- Weekly motivational communications
- Digital commemorative participant bib and finishers certificate
- Team Challenge—there will be fun prizes and awards to compete for as a team.
- Participants who donate a minimum of $25 will earn a commemorative supporter medal!
If you register through June 7, 2020, the 5K and 10K options are $39.99 each. The Safari Stampede Virtual Race is $25.99.
According to the race site, “Zoo members receive a $5 discount on the 5K and 10K Virtual Race registrations if registered by May 29, 2020. Members should enter the first three digits of their member ID when prompted during the registration process. We will not offer discounts on registrations after May 29, and participants who register after this date are not guaranteed a mailed packet receipt prior to June 7.”
So don’t waste any time, grab your family members, and register now! You have until June 21, 2020 to run your preferred distance.
Oh, did I mention . . . each week from April 6–June 7, a virtual 5K and 10K participant will be randomly selected and awarded with a special animal plush from the Gift Shop!
What is YOUR favorite zoo animal? Mine is, duh, the 🐯!