Kick off spring with a scenic run through The Morton Arboretum, during The Champion of Trees 10K, April 22. The eighth-annual race marks the beginning of the season at the Arboretum, as runners travel a challenging path through the wooded east side on an early springtime morning in support of the institution’s tree-focused programs, outreach and research initiatives.
On the USATF-certified course, participants will race alongside majestic oaks, towering spruce trees, and grand ginkgo trees. Following the race, participants can enjoy a party featuring a photo booth, food specials, and live music, along with a complimentary Arboretum beer, Arbor Oak, for those 21 and older. Participants are invited to spend the day at the Arboretum following the run.
“The 10K is one of our most exciting events of the year as runners kick off spring with an exhilarating race through our woods, in support of our work to create a greener, healthier, and more beautiful world. ,” said Mary D’Amico, special events coordinator at The Morton Arboretum.
The race begins at 8 a.m., with the awards ceremony at 9:15 a.m. Registered runners can pick up their race packet at Dick Pond Athletics, 2775 Maple Avenue, Lisle on select days. Runners receive a short-sleeve T-shirt, recovery food, and admission to the Arboretum and will wear race-timing technology from the Chronotrack B-Tag system. The top male and female overall finishers will receive a gift certificate for a pair of shoes from Dick Pond Athletics. The top three men and women in the designated age groups will receive medals.
Online registration is now open. The cost, including admission, is $45 through March 17 and $50 from March 18 to April 14. Race week registration is $55, and spots may be limited. Discounts apply for members of The Morton Arboretum. The registration fee is nonrefundable and any cancellation will be considered a donation to The Morton Arboretum.
The Morton Arboretum thanks the 2018 Champion of Trees 10K sponsors Boxed Water, Dick Pond Athletics, and Chicago Athlete.
The Champion of Trees
Trees need champions today. Their survival depends on people—people taking action to protect and preserve them. Trees filter our air and water, reduce energy use, furnish wildlife habitats, and create beauty, and they need human help to continue. That's why The Morton Arboretum is committed to scientifically informed action, both locally and globally. It's why we champion trees through scientific study, conservation, education, and outreach. It's why we protect and plant trees in a 1,700-acre outdoor living museum, in Chicago-area communities, and around the world.