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!
During the pandemic, I’ve wholeheartedly embraced virtual races, as I’ve written about previously. I’m still working full-time from home (which isn’t new for me; I’ve been doing that for over a decade), we have our seven-year-old daughter at home (whom I love to death, but if she yells my name one more time during a meeting . . . ), and things are as crazy as ever around here. That’s why I adore the fact that I can run a race at whatever time of day I need, while still getting kudos and awesome swag.
The Lincoln Park Run for the Zoo Virtual 5K was top notch from start to finish. From the time that I registered, through race day, the communication from Vision Event Management and the Lincoln Park Zoo was spot on. They informed me on multiple occasions via email (which I really appreciated) when my swag would arrive, how I should submit my race results, and how I could connect with others on their Facebook Event page.
They even provided an illustrated map to show which states were represented early on and said this, “Currently [as of April 13, 2020], 26 U.S. states as well as Puerto Rico and England are represented on the virtual Run for the Zoo start line! While actual travel to see family and friends is a challenge right now, you can still all unite for this unique opportunity!”
I also loved the various options that the race offered. You can read about all of them in my previous blog post here.
The swag was sweet as well! I received a very soft/silky tech t-shirt. Check out that ostrich! In addition to the shirt, I received a virtual race bag. Since I’m not local to the Chicago area, I can’t take advantage of some of the offers, but there were a few that looked awesome, like 20% off virtual events at the zoo, 20% off Grounds & Hounds Coffee Company products, and $10 off the American Runs the 4th Virtual 5K.
One feature that completely took me aback (in a positive way!) was the virtual singing of the National Anthem. What an awesome idea! It always gives me chills, and I thought this was such a neat perk.
I chose to run on my treadmill for the race, so I don’t have much to report on the actual run itself. I did mentally pretend that I was running in a zoo, which made me smile mid-run. When I was done, it was very easy to submit my results via their website here.
I loved seeing attendees’ pictures on the Facebook Event page after I ran too. It was neat to see where everyone ran and what wildlife they encountered if they ran outside!
I would 100% without a doubt attend another virtual event by Vision Event Management and the Lincoln Park Zoo!