What time does the race start?
The 5k will begin at 8 a.m. on Sunday, June 4, 2017. After the race is over, you have admission to Brookfield Zoo for the remainder of the day.
Where does the race start and finish?
Please see a map here for a view of the course. Participants will be arriving before Brookfield Zoo opens, and signage will be at the gates directing where event will be held.
If I don’t want to run or walk, can I volunteer?
Absolutely, volunteers make this event a success! Click volunteer at the top of the page to learn more about our volunteer opportunities.
Will there be food after the race?
Yes, participants will be treated to a variety of food and beverages after the race.
How can my friends and family, company, or school club
You can help us make this event even more successful by harnessing the power of a team. Rally your family, friends and co-workers to join a team - the multiplicity of team fundraising is amazing! Teams of 10 quickly become teams of 20 when each member recruits a friend. Imagine the impact you can have on the life of a child when you band together to make a difference! Click here to learn more about creating a team.
How many water stations will there be?
There will be two water stations on the 5k course.
Are walkers welcome in the 5k?
How long is the course open?
The 5k course will be open for 1 1/2 hours. The course time limit allows for an approximately 30 minutes per mile pace. Brookfield Zoo opens to the public at 9:30 a.m. and all participants must be off the course at this time. We can remain in the Pavilion Area until 11:00 a.m. for post-race activities. You are more than welcome to begin your visit at the zoo right after the event ends!
What should I wear to the race?
June in Chicago can be HOT! Wear clothing that will wick away perspiration. Don’t forget sunscreen.
Will there be computer chip timing?
Yes, for the 5k only.
What is the difference between clock time and chip time?
Clock time reflects the time it took you to get to the finish line after the race was started. Unless you were toeing the start line, your clock time will be slightly slower than your chip time. The difference is the time it took you to cross the start pad after the race officially started. Only the fastest runners (less than 6:00 minute per mile pace) should be right at the start line for the official start.
Where is packet pick-up?
Packet pick-up will be available in the Loyola Outpatient Center, located on the south end of the medical center campus at 2160 S. First Avenue, from 10 a.m. - 7 p.m. on Thursday, June 1 and Friday, June 2.
Can I run or walk with my child?
Of course! We recommend it! Please enjoy the 5k course as you run or walk WITH your child.
Can I run with a stroller?
Strollers and baby joggers are allowed. Please be sure, though, to line up at the back of the running or walking group.
Are there any race restrictions?
The following items are not permitted on the race course:
- No animals (except service animals)
- No bicycles or skates/rollerblades
- No balloons
Where can I park?
Plenty of free parking is available at the North Gate, see map here.
OK, I still have questions… who do I contact?
For additional information, please e-mail us at firstname.lastname@example.org or call (708) 216-3201.