FAQs: Samson Stomp & Romp

  • When is the registration deadline?

    Online registration is open for all races until noon on January 10, 2024. The 5K race may sell out prior to this date.

    Race day registration is available from 8 a.m. to 9 a.m. on Sunday, January 14. Those registering on race day may need to pick up their T-shirt at a later date.

  • How many runners do we need to enter as a team? Do we need to sign up at the same time?

    Teams require at least 5 runners, with no maximum number of participants. The team captain will create their team upon registration, and additional team members must provide their team code when registering to be added to the team. If the team minimum of 5 participants is not reached, the team captain will be charged the remaining cost. Teams can consist of participants in any of the races; however, to qualify for team awards, there must be 5 participants in the 5K.

  • Do I need to pay for parking?

    No, parking is included with your registration fee.

  • When do we pick up our race packet?

    Race packets can be picked up on Saturday, January 13 from 9 a.m. – 1 p.m. or on Sunday, January 14 (race day) beginning at 7:30 a.m.

  • Can someone else pick up my race packet for me?

    Yes, someone else may pick up your race packet for you. Please make sure they have a copy of your confirmation email to show the race staff.

  • Which races are chip timed?

    The 5K run will be chip timed. Results including Name, Division, and Finishing Time will be available for all attendees to view after the race in the Peck Welcome Center and online.

  • Can parents run with a child that is registered for one of the races? Do parents need to pay admission?

    Each child’s admission for the 1-mile race also includes one adult admission for a parent to accompany the child. Parents are welcome to join their child on the route.

  • Awards

    Gorilla trophies will be awarded to overall champions and the top three finishers by age group in all divisions in the 5K. Age groups range from 14 and under through 80+, in five-year increments. Overall winners are ineligible for age group awards. The top three teams based on the three fastest finishers will also receive prizes.

  • Who was Samson?

    Samson was one of the Zoo’s most beloved animals, a silverback gorilla. This magnificent animal arrived at the Zoo’s Washington Park location in 1950 from West Africa. He lived out his life here and became an iconic resident of the Zoo. Samson died of an apparent heart attack in 1981 at the age of 32. The Samson Stomp & Romp began in 1981 to commemorate Samson’s life.

  • Where can we recycle cell phones?

    Please bring your old cell phones to the Zoo’s U.S. Bank Gathering Place for recycling. Recycling cell phones reduces the need for mining new coltan, a mineral extracted from the forests of Congo — home to critically endangered lowland gorillas. The coltan mining business has led to a dramatic reduction of the gorillas’ habitat.

  • What if I have other questions?

For faster entry: Members and pre-ticketed guests, park at West End (enter at 106th St).