If you enjoy checking out scenery while you jog, running around the sites at the Milwaukee County Zoo should be for you.
The Milwaukee County Zoo invites runners and walkers to ring in 2017 by taking part in the traditional 37th running of the Samson Stomp & Romp Sunday, Jan. 15.
This event honors one of the zoo’s most famous residents, Samson, the silverback gorilla who died in 1981 at the age of 31. All of the proceeds support the zoo’s animal collection, with an emphasis on the relatives of Samson.
The main 5K run begins at 9:30 a.m. and will be followed by races for both adults and children. Day of event registration for the races will take place from 8 a.m. to 9 a.m.
Online registration can be completed by visiting milwaukeezoo.org. Online registrations will be accepted until 5 p.m. Wednesday, Jan. 11. With a paid entry fee a runner receives a long-sleeve T-shirt, beverage, zoo admission and parking.
The two categories adults may register for are a 5K run (3.1-mile) and a 2-mile fun run/walk. Children can participate in a 1-mile race or a ¼-mile mini-romp.
Registrations on race day will not be accepted after 9 a.m., and those registering on race day are not guaranteed T-shirt size. The 5K race is limited to 1,500 people, so participants are urged register in advance to ensure a spot.
The 5K and 2-mile races are officially timed and take place on the public walkways throughout the zoo. The awards ceremony will take place at approximately 11:15 a.m. in the Peck Welcome Center. Special giveaways for participants and finishers will be offered for this year’s race in celebration of the Milwaukee County Zoo’s 125th anniversary in 2017.
The event is held rain, shine, cold or snow, however the zoo reserves the right to cancel due to severe weather or dangerous, unforeseen race conditions. No refunds will be given.
If you are interested in taking part in in zoo's mission of conservation, you may donate your old cellphones to the zoo for recycling. The drop-off area is located in the zoo’s U.S. Bank Gathering Place. The zoo says they have chosen the recycling cellphones because it reduces the need for mining additional coltan, a mineral extracted from the forests of Congo, which is home to endangered lowland gorillas.