Chasing Dreams 5K

3400 West Girard Ave
Philadelphia, PA 19104

Running > 5k, 1 mile

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Event Description

Who We Are

We are the oldest continually operating non-profit AAU youth running club in the nation. Ambler Olympic Club (AOC), founded in 1966, has helped thousands of athletes chase their dreams in the last 57 years. We have athletes from all socioeconomic backgrounds, and each year, our volunteer coaches nurture the talents of hundreds of young athletes. We operate year-round, giving athletes an opportunity to compete in outdoor track and field, indoor track and field, and cross-country at the local, regional, and National levels. Athletes of all skill levels are welcome from beginner to national champions. As a result of the excellent coaching and mentorship our youth athletes receive, many have gone on to earn scholarships to compete in college, and some have even competed for Team USA. Regardless of their pathway, or their level of success, every young athlete greatly benefits, physically, mentally, and emotionally from being a part of the AOC family. 

Our Event

Our inaugural 5K will take place on Saturday, August 17, 2024 at the Philadelphia Zoo. This unique 5K experience will bring the exhilaration of competition with the wonderment of some of the most majestic creatures on the planet. Racers can run wild on the Zoos’ USATF certified 5K course as it meanders through the Zoo and around its perimeter. We expect hundreds of area runners of all ages, including some of the fastest youth athletes in the country. For those that would rather take the morning a little slower, a 1 mile walk will also be held and spectator passes will be available. We'll have post-race refreshments and snacks provided by Lemon Perfect, Happy Coffee, and Federal Donuts! There will be individual and team awards, as well as prizes and giveaways. ALL event attendees will enjoy an entire day of fun as they will receive FULL DAY ADMISSION TO THE ZOO on race day with their registration. We hope to see you there! 

REGISTER EARLY! The first 250 race registrants will receive a bag filled with awesome swag including a pair of LOCK LACES!!!

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