The Champion of Trees 10K Run


  • Participants at the start line in our annual The Champion of Trees 10K Run
  • Participants running in our annual The Champion of Trees 10K Run
  • Participants standing next to a tree

Schedule and Location

Sunday, April 22, 2018
Visitor Center area-race through East-side roads
8:00 a.m. starting time


Unleash your inner champion as you run through a springtime morning surrounded by trees from around the world. The challenging course follows the Arboretum's east side main route through rolling terrain. Join us April 22, 2018 for our 8th annual 10K, part of our extended Arbor Day celebration.

Event highlights include:

  • Post race party with live music
  • A complimentary post-race Arboretum beer, Arbor Oak
  • Recovery food
  • Photo booth
  • B-tag™ timing strip
  • Technical T-shirt
  • FREE admission to explore our 1,700 acres, including the award-winning Children’s Garden
  • Awards for top overall male and female winner/plus top three male and female winners in each age division
  • Walkers welcome! 


View the Course Map (PDF) 


Packet Pick-up Information:

Pre-register and pick up your bib number, B-tag™ timing strip, technical T-shirt, course map, and other race information at:
Dick Pond Athletics 2775 Maple Avenue, Lisle, IL
Phone: 630-357-6884

Packet pick-up is available as follows:
Thursday, April 19: 11:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m.
Friday, April 20: 11:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m.
Saturday, April 21: 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.

Other packet pick-up options are available for an additional fee.

Packet Mailing - $10
Your race packet, including race bib, t-shirt and other materials, will be mailed to you before the race week. Final day to select this option is April 8.

Race-Day Packet Pick-up - $10
Pick-up your Race Packet at The Morton Arboretum on race-day. 

Fees and Admission


Registration Cost:

Early Bird Registration (January 1 - March 17, 2018)
$40 Member/$45 nonmember

Regular Registration (March 18 - April 14, 2018)
$45 member/$50 nonmember

Race Week Registration (April 15 - April 21, 2018)
$50 member/$55 nonmember

Race Day Registration (April 22, 2018)
$55 member/$60 nonmember

Virtual Runner
$25 (Don't want to get up early but still want to support The Morton Arboretum? Become a virtual runner, and we will mail you a shirt.)


Pre-Registration Deadlines:

Pre-registration at The Morton Arboretum will close at 5:00 p.m. on Monday, April 16.
Online registration will close at 4:00 p.m. on Friday, April 20.
You can register at any packet pick-up time but t-shirt availability will be limited.

Race-Day Registration:

Register from 6:30 to 7:45 a.m. on Sunday, April 22, at The Morton Arboretum’s Registration Tent near the Visitor Center. Please arrive early to ensure proper registration.




Champion of Trees 10K Run sponsors, Chicago Athlete, Boxed Water, and Dick Pond Athetics

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