On Sunday, April 24, run for a greener, healthier, more beautiful world during The Morton Arboretum’s sixth-annual 10K race. With a new name, The Champion of Trees 10K is the Arboretum’s first nod to the start of spring, taking participants on a challenging and scenic run through the Arboretum’s beautiful grounds in support of the institution’s programs and research initiatives.
On the scenic USATF-certified course, race participants will pass by the tall maples and majestic oaks of the East Woods and alongside the ginkgo trees that grow in the Arboretum’s collection of trees from China and Japan. The race will be followed by a post-party featuring a photo booth, food specials, and live music from Run Forrest Run, along with a complimentary beer for each participant. Participants are invited to spend the day at the Arboretum following the run.
“The Champion of Trees 10K is a unique opportunity to run through one of the suburbs’ most scenic courses while supporting The Morton Arboretum’s tree-focused conservation and research programs,” said Diana Fischer-Woods, special events coordinator. “We invite everyone to run for a greener world, stay and enjoy the post-race festivities, then explore the Arboretum.”
Registration and packet pickup begins at 6:30 a.m. The race begins at 8 a.m. with the awards ceremony at 9:15 a.m. Runners receive a short-sleeve T-shirt, recovery food and admission to the Arboretum. Runners will wear the latest in race-timing technology, 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.
Register in person, at mortonarb.org or via mail postmarked by Wednesday, April 10. The cost, including admission, is $35 for members or $40 for nonmembers, which includes admission to the Arboretum following the race. The cost for race-day registration is $45 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 $83.
The Morton Arboretum thanks the 2016 Champion of Trees 10K sponsors Dick Pond Athletics, Athletico, Hills Bros., Clif Bar & Company, Boxed Water and Chicago Athlete.
Arbor Day and The Morton Arboretum
The 10K is the first of many Arboretum events leading up to its annual Arbor Day celebration, April 29-30, 2016. Arbor Day was founded by J. Sterling Morton, the father of Arboretum founder Joy Morton, to encourage the planting and protection of trees. In 1885, Nebraska declared J. Sterling Morton's birthday, April 22, as Arbor Day and made it a legal holiday. Today, all 50 states, as well as many countries around the world, recognize Arbor Day in some manner. The day on which it is observed varies by region, depending on the best time of year to plant trees. In Illinois, Arbor Day falls on the last Friday in April.
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.