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Stomp Your Way Into 2015!

Join us for the 35th Running of the Samson Stomp & Romp

Sponsored by Amica Insurance

Sunday, January 18, 2015

Samson Stomp & Romp

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On your mark, get set, STOMP! Runners and walkers are invited to join us for the traditional running of the January special event, the Samson Stomp & Romp! This popular race honors one of the most famous Zoo 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.


5K SOLD OUT / 2-Mile $20 per runner
Children’s Races $10 per runner
Teams with 5 or More $15 per runner

RACE DAY REGISTRATION FEES (8 a.m. to 9 a.m. Sunday, January 18):

$25 per runner
Only cash or check accepted on race day.

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.


Samson Stomp & RompEntry fees include a long-sleeved T-shirt, Zoo admission, beverage and parking for runner only. 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.


Samson Stomp & Romp is extra special this year, for giveaways commemorating our 35th year!

  • 5k: A special Samson running apparel piece for finishers whose placement ends in “35.”
  • 2 Mile: Samson running apparel piece for every 35th person to register.
  • Kid’s Races: Participants in the 1-Mile Romp and ¼-Mile Mini-Romp will receive a Samson water bottle. The first 50 kids to pre-register online will receive a Samson Stomp drawstring backpack!
  • Winning Teams: Team champion will receive a Samson running apparel piece. The 2nd and 3rd place teams will receive Samson water bottles (up to 20 team members each, and teams must consist of 5 runners in the 5K to qualify for team awards).
  • T-shirts: Wear a previous year Samson shirt to register for a prize! An award will be given to a person who wears the oldest Samson Shirt!

Gorilla Click here for Samson Stomp Frequently Asked Questions.

The 5K is sold out.

Click here to register now

Special thanks to our Samson Stomp & Romp event sponsor:
Amica Insurance