Samson Stomp & Romp 2024


January 14

Presented by Prairie Farms Dairy


Our favorite winter tradition is back! For this 44th running of the Milwaukee County Zoo’s Samson Stomp & Romp, participants are invited to join us for the race they know and love.

The race honors one of the Zoo’s most famous and beloved residents, Samson, the silverback gorilla (1950-1981). Money raised from the event supports all of the animals in the Zoo’s population.



Choose From Three Races:
5K Competitive Run – 9:30 a.m.
2-Mile Fun Run/Walk – 10:15 a.m.
1-Mile Romp for Children – 10:45 a.m.

Pre-Registration Fees:
5K/2-Mile: $35 per runner
1-Mile: $20 per runner
Team Member: $30 per runner


Race Day Registration Fees (8 a.m. to 9 a.m. on Sunday, January 14, 2024):

$40 per runner

The 5K race is limited to 1,500 participants, so be sure to register early to ensure a spot in this popular event!

Those registering on race day may need to pick up their T-shirt at a later date.

Registration Details:

Entry fees include a long-sleeved T-shirt, Zoo admission, beverage, snack, and parking.

After the event, participants are invited to enjoy the remainder of the day at the Zoo.

The race will be held rain or shine, snow or cold; however, the Milwaukee County Zoo reserves the right to cancel due to severe weather or dangerous, unforeseen race conditions. No refunds will be given.

The 5K race is officially timed; results will be publicly available in person and online after the race. All races take place on public walkways throughout the Zoo. Due to safety concerns, no strollers, in-line skates, or similar devices permitted.

During the event, take part in our mission of conservation by donating your old cell phones to the Zoo for recycling. The drop-off area is located in the Zoo’s U.S. Bank Gathering Place. Recycling cell phones reduces the need for additional 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.



Be aware of a recent "anniversary" ticket scam. tHE ZOO IS not affiliated with this.