Virtual Race Recap: Lincoln Park Zoo Run for the Zoo 5K

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 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!

You can find Run for the Zoo on social here:

Run on,

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in: Logo

You are commenting using your account. Log Out /  Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )

Connecting to %s