Tree champions can take to a beautiful, tree-lined course during The Morton Arboretum’s seventh-annual 10K race on Sunday, April 23. The Champion of Trees 10K is the Arboretum’s welcome to spring as runners travel a challenging and scenic path through the Arboretum’s wooded east side in support of the institution’s tree-focused programs and research initiatives.
On the USATF-certified course, participants will race alongside maples, oaks and the ginkgo trees of the Arboretum’s China collection. Following the race, participants can enjoy a party featuring a photo booth, food specials, and live music, along with a complimentary beer for those 21 and older. Participants are invited to spend the day at the Arboretum following the run.
“Runners can start their day with an invigorating race through our picturesque course, which supports the Arboretum’s tree science initiatives to create a greener, healthier, and more beautiful world,” said Mary D’Amico, special events coordinator at The Morton Arboretum. “We invite people to join us for a post-race celebration as well as spend their day exploring our beautiful grounds, including our award-winning Children’s Garden.”
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 $40 for members or $45 for nonmembers now through March 18. From March 19 to April 15, the cost is $45 for members and $50 for nonmembers, and from April 16 to April 22, it is $50 for members and $55 for nonmembers. Race-day registration is $55 for both members and non-members, and spots may be limited. The registration fee is nonrefundable and any cancellation will be considered a donation to The Morton Arboretum.
A special new member offer includes race registration, plus a discounted one-year individual membership to the Arboretum, for $95.
The Morton Arboretum thanks the 2017 Champion of Trees 10K sponsors Dick Pond Athletics, Chicago Athlete magazine, Boxed Water and Clif Bar and Company.
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.