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Stomp Your Way Into 2019!

Join us for the 39th Running of the Samson Stomp & Romp

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Sunday, January 20, 2019

Samson Stomp & Romp

On your mark, get set, STOMP! Runners and walkers are invited to join us for the Zoo’s annual January special event, the Samson Stomp & Romp! This popular 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 collection.


Click on the races below to view the route maps.

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.
¼-Mile Mini-Romp for Children 11:00 a.m.

RACE DAY REGISTRATION FEES (8 a.m. to 9 a.m. Sunday, January 20):

$30 per runner
Only cash or check is accepted on race day.

The 5K race is limited, 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.


Samson Stomp & RompEntry frees include a long-sleeved T-shirt, Zoo admission, beverage and parking for runner only. 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 and 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 endangered lowland gorillas. The coltan mining business has led to a dramatic reduction of the gorillas’ habitat.

Gorilla Click here for Samson Stomp Frequently Asked Questions.

Pre-registration is now closed.