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Frequently Asked Questions

Samson Stomp & Romp
January 19, 2020

When is the registration deadline?

Online registration is open for all races until noon on January 15, 2020, however the 5K race may sell out prior to this date. Mail entries must be received by Wednesday, January 8.

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. One person is needed to register your team and then additional runners can join by using your team code online. If the team minimum of 5 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 you must have 5 participants in the 5K.

When do we pick up our race packet?

Race packets can be picked up on Saturday, January 18 from 9:30 a.m.-1 p.m. or on Sunday, January 19 (race day) starting at 8 a.m.

Can someone else pick up my packet for me?

Yes, please make sure that they have a copy of your confirmation email.​

Which races are chip timed?

The 5K run will be chip timed. Results will be available after the race in the Peck Welcome Center and online.


Gorilla trophies are awarded to overall female and male champions (overall winners are ineligible for age group awards) and top three male and female finishers in each age group from 14 and under, through 80+ in 5-year increments in the 5K. Trophies are also awarded to the top three females and males in the 2-mile run. All participants in the children’s events receive a ribbon. A team plaque is awarded to the top three teams based on the three fastest finishers.

Who is Samson?

Samson is 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 icon for the Zoo. Samson died of an apparent heart attack in 1981 at the age of 32. The Samson Stomp began in 1981 as a way to commemorate Samson’s life.

What can I do to help this race be environmentally friendly?

Consider carpooling to the race or taking public transportation.

Where can we recycle cell phones?

Please bring in your old cell phones to the Zoo for recycling. 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.