2015 Run for the Animals 5K/10K
and Zippity Zoo Run


JUNE 6, 2015 | 7:30A Race Start

Memorial Park (208 W. Union, Wheaton IL)

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About This Event

One of the suburbs' largest 5K/10K Runs. First 2500 runners receive a long-sleeve tech t-shirt. Post-race includes music, awards and refreshments.

Walking is permitted. All registration fees are non-refundable and non-transferable.

This race is hosted by the Cosley Foundation to raise funds for the development and renovation of exhibits at Cosley Zoo.

Race Route Map (PDF)


Online Registration is available through active.com.

Online registration closes on June 1, 2015 at 11:59 PM Pacific Time.


In-person registration available:

June 3-4 | 8am-8pm: During packet pickup at the Community Center

June 6 | 6-6:45am: On race day at Memorial Park



Until May 6 May 7-June 1* June 4 & 5 (Packet Pickup) June 6 (Race Day)
5K/10K $30 $35 $38 $40
Zippity Zoo Run $15 $15 $15 $20


Please note: CARA members are eligible for a $3 discount

*Online registration closes on June 1, 2015 at 11:59pm Pacific Time.


Event details and schedule


Date: Saturday, June 6, 2015

Time: 7:30 a.m.

Location: Memorial Park (208 W. Union, Wheaton, IL) Race Route Map (PDF)

Safety: The runners safety is of the utmost importance. Therefore, bicylces, in-line skates, other-wheeled vehicles (except wheelchairs) and dogs are not allowed. Strollers are also prohibited.

Course Details: The Cosley Zoo Run for the Animals is a USATF certified course. The course winds through the streets of downtown Wheaton. The 10K will include Northside Park as part of the route. A course map will be available soon.

Packet Pick Up: Packet Pickup will be held on Wednesday, June 3 and Thursday, June 4 from 8am to 8pm at the Wheaton Park District Community Center at 1777 S. Blanchard Road in Wheaton. Registration is available during packet pick up for $38 for 5k/10k and $15 for Zippity Zoo Run. Race day packet pick up will be available from 6am to 6:45am in Memorial Park. Registration on race day will be $40 for 5k/10k and $20 for Zippity Zoo.

Volunteers: Volunteers are essential to the success of the race. All volunteers receive a t-shirt and a breakfast. If you would like to volunteer, please contact Randy Tucker at rtucker@wheatonparks.org.

Questions? Please contact Ryan Miller, Race Director at rmiller@wheatonparks.org or 630.510.5135.

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The Cosley Run for the Animals is a CARA Certified Race

This race has applied for and received the Chicago Area Runners Association designation as a CARA CERTIFIED RACE. This race has agreed to adhere to and uphold CARA’s Best Practices Guidelines. These Guidelines embody the highest standards for quality, safety and comfort for participants in a road race.

Due to CARA’s advocacy efforts, runners in the Chicagoland area enjoy some of the highest quality road races in the country. To view the Guidelines and to learn more about CARA, visit www.cararuns.org.

The Chicago Area Runners Association (CARA) is a non-profit organization devoted to expanding, motivating, supporting and celebrating the running community of Chicagoland. CARA connects runners to resources that enable them to run – farther, faster, better, for life.


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The Run for the Animals is a CARA Certified Race.