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The Champion of Trees 10K Run


  • Runners at the start of the race
  • Runners on a paved road
  • Spingtime runners on a paved road

Schedule and Location

Sunday, April 14, 2019
Start/Finish: Visitor Center area
The run takes place on the East Side road.

View your race results.

Find your inner tree champion at the ninth annual 10K race as you run on a springtime morning surrounded by trees from around the world. Runners will find a challenging course with rolling terrain as they follow the Arboretum's road on the East Side. 


Event highlights include:

  • B-tag™ timing strip
  • Technical T-shirt
  • Recovery food
  • Chicago Area Runners Association Certified Race
  • USTAF Certified Course (IL16002NM)
  • Postrace party with live music by Sushi Roll
  • A complimentary postrace Arboretum beer, Arbor Oak
  • Photo booth
  • 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
  • Race results will be shared on Athlinks


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

Packet pick-up is available as follows:
Thursday, April 11: 11:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m.
Friday, April 12: 11:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m.
Saturday, April 13: 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 March 30, 2019.

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


Race Day Information:

AWARDS: Awards can be picked up at 9:45 a.m. at the Packet Pick Up Tent. Awards will be given to the top three overall male and female, as well as the top three men and women in the following age groups: 14 and under; 15-19; 20-24; 25-29; 30-34; 35-39; 40-44; 45-49; 50-54; 55-59; 60-64; 65-69; 70-74; 75-79; 80 and up. Overall male and female winners do not qualify for a medal in their age bracket. The top three overall winners, male and female, are determined by gun time.  Age divisions winners are determined by chip time.

GEAR CHECK: Gear check is available for free from 7:00 a.m. - 10:30 a.m., across from the Visitor Center main doors. Gear will be checked according to bib number. We are not responsible for any lost or stolen items. Please do not check anything of value.

PARKING: Free parking is available onsite at The Morton Arboretum. Please allow plenty of time to park and walk from parking areas. Participants are encouraged to carpool.

PROHIBITED: Motorized vehicles, bicycles, rollerskates, and pets are prohibited on the race course. 

STROLLERS: Strollers are permitted on the course. Participants with strollers MUST start in the back section of the starting line, labeled Runner and Walkers with Strollers. This is very important for the safety of all our runners.

TIMING AND SPLITS: The race begins at 8:00 a.m., all participants must cross the start line by 8:15 a.m. and cross the finish line by 10:30 a.m. Large digital clocks will be stationed at miles 1- 6. Finish line times will also be displayed on digital clocks. 

RESTROOMS: Portable restrooms will be available near the start line. Restrooms are also available inside the Visitor Center and West Pavilion building.

RESULTS: Race results will be available immediately following the race on the Athlinks result site.

WATER STATIONS/FIRST AID: Cups of water will be available at the start and finish lines, and on the course. An advanced Life Support Ambulance will be on-site during the entire event.

WEATHER/EMERGENCIES: The race will take place rain or shine. In the case of emergency, participants will be notified by 6:00 a.m. on race morning via email with event updates. Notifications will also be posted on the webiste and The Morton Arboretum's Facebook page.

Registration Information

Registration Cost:

Early Bird Registration (January 1 - February 16, 2019)
$40 Member/$45 nonmember

Standard Registration (February 17 - April 13, 2019)
$45 member/$50 nonmember

Race Day Registration (April 14, 2019)
$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.)

*Registration is non-refundable. 


Pre-Registration Deadlines:

Online registration is now closed. You can still register at Dick Pond Athletics in Lisle during packet pick up hours or at The Morton Arboretum on race morning.


Race-Day Registration:

Register from 6:30 to 7:45 a.m. on Sunday, April 14, at the Arboretum’s Registration Tent near the Visitor Center. Please arrive early to ensure proper registration.



Contact races@mortonarb.org with questions about registration, fundraising, etc.

The Champion of Trees 10K Run is a CARA certified race

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The Champion of Trees 10K is generously supported by DuPage Medical Group

The Champion of Trees 10K is supported with an in-kind donation by Boxed Water

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