Events

The Champion of Trees 10K

Find your inner tree champion at the eleventh annual run and walk.

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Find your inner tree champion at the eleventh annual Champion of Trees 10K Run and Walk from 7:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. Saturday, April 17 or Sunday, April 18.

Maintain a safe distance apart and follow a challenging course with rolling terrain through The Morton Arboretum’s scenic East Side.

Alternatively, participants in the Virtual Champion of Trees 10K can run or walk on a course and date of their choosing. No matter when or where you choose to run, your participation will support the Arboretum’s mission to plant and protect trees.

How does it work?

  1. Select your race day and start time* when you register for the on-site Champion of Trees 10K Run/Walk.
  2. Pick up your race bib and T-shirt at Dick Pond Athletics in Lisle during regular store hours, April 9 through 16. Participants have the option for race packets to be mailed prior to the race for an additional fee selected and paid for during registration. There is no packet pick up on-site during race day.
  3. On race day, arrive no more than 45 minutes before your start time. Every 15 minutes, a wave of runners will be asked to move to the start line. Runners will form a queue; each person will be 6 feet away from the person ahead. All runners will be required to wear masks until they cross the start line single file.
  4. Run or walk the 10K course on the spacious, vehicle-free East Side roads. View the course map.
  5. Cross the finish line, pick up a Boxed Water, and then scan the QR code on your race bib to view your results.
  6. Enjoy the rest of the day exploring the Arboretum.

The East Side Roads will be closed on April 17 and 18 from 7:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. for the race.

*Start time must be selected during registration. The last start time is 10:45 a.m.

What steps will be taken to protect public health at this event? 

To mitigate the risks associated with COVID-19, the Arboretum will take the following precautions:

  • There will be limited touch points.
  • Staff and volunteers on-site will wear masks at all times.
  • There will be no on-site registration; participants must pre-register before arriving.
  • There will not be any course water stations or recovery food. Boxed Water will be available at the finish line.
  • No one will be allowed to gather in groups, and there will be no post-race party.
  • There will be no packet pick up on-site. Packets can be picked up at Dick Pond Athletics in Lisle the week prior to the race or mailed to participants prior to the race for an additional fee.
  • Spectators are not allowed to gather around the start/finish line or the race core area. Visitors that would like to attend during the race are required to reserve a timed-entry pass before arriving at the Arboretum.
  • Everyone will be required to wear a mask in the core race area (this includes the Visitor Center, Arbor Court, and Tram Road) and in every building.
  • Everyone will be strongly urged to maintain the recommended 6-foot distance from others.
  • Gear check will be unavailable.

What’s included in the registration cost?

  • One men’s or women’s T-shirt;
  • A race bib with a timing strip;
  • Access to run or walk the official 10K course without vehicle traffic; and,
  • Boxed Water at the finish line.

How does it work?

  1. Register for the Virtual Champion of Trees 10K Run and Walk.
  2. Pick up your race bib and T-shirt at Dick Pond Athletics in Lisle during regular store hours, April 9 through 16. Participants have the option for race packets to be mailed prior to the race for an additional fee selected and paid for during registration.
  3. Run a 10K anywhere at any time; be sure to time yourself.

Can I run my Virtual 10K at the Arboretum?

Yes, you can run the Virtual 10K at the Arboretum, but you must reserve a timed-entry pass or ticket prior to visiting. Virtual runners are not allowed to run on the East Side roads during the on-site race Saturday and Sunday, April 17 and 18.

Members can reserve their free, timed-entry pass on the Arboretum’s ticket website. Guests will receive an email in April with instructions for reserving a free timed-entry pass for the Virtual 10K.

Please note, if you choose the Virtual 10K you will not be able to run or walk on the East Side roads during the scheduled on-site Champion of Trees 10K Run and Walk. Running is not permitted on any trails at the Arboretum, and runners must stay on the roads. Runners or walkers are encouraged to go the opposite direction of vehicles and stay on the right side of the road.

What’s included with the registration cost?

  • One men’s or women’s long-sleeved T-shirt mailed to you beginning April 5;
  • A race bib; and,
  • A free timed-entry pass to run at The Morton Arboretum to use in the month of April.

Refund policy

The Morton Arboretum is committed to providing a safe Champion of Trees 10K Run and Walk for all participants. If circumstances related to COVID-19 or severe weather change and a socially distant, on-site run is no longer possible, your registration will automatically be transferred to our virtual race option, and you will be notified immediately. Registration for the 10K, like all ticket purchases at the Arboretum, is non-refundable, including in the event of an exclusively virtual event.

Other race details

Awards: Due to COVID-19 and the socially distant start line model, no medals or prizes will be awarded for this event.

Gear check: Due to COVID-19, gear check will not be available.

Medals: Finisher medals will not be given out for this race.

Packet pick up: On-site participants must pick up their race packet at Dick Pond Athletics in Lisle on April 9 through 16, during regular store hours. On-site participants have the option for race packets to be mailed prior to the race for an additional fee selected and paid for during registration. There is no packet pick up on-site during race day. Virtual participants will have their packet mailed beginning April 5.

Parking: Free parking is available on-site at the Arboretum. Participants will be directed to parking locations within walking distance of the start/finish line.

Prohibited: Motorized vehicles, bicycles, roller skates, and pets are prohibited on the race course.

Restrooms: Portable restrooms will be available near the start line and will be sanitized regularly. Restrooms are available inside the Visitor Center and West Pavilion building. Masks are required in these buildings.

Results: Race results will be available immediately online after you cross the finish line. There will not be a race results station on-site this year.

Spectators: Due to COVID-19, spectators are not allowed to gather around the start/finish line or the race core area. Visitors that would like to attend during the race are required to reserve a timed-entry pass prior to arriving at the Arboretum.

Strollers: We are permitting strollers for this race as participants are adequately spread out.

T-shirts: On-site participants must pick up their t-shirt and race bib at Dick Pond Athletics in Lisle on April 9 through 16 during regular store hours. On-site participants have the option for race packets to be mailed prior to the race for an additional fee selected and paid for during registration. There is no packet pick up on-site during race day. Virtual participants will have their packet mailed beginning April 5.

Water stations: No water stations will be available along the course. Boxed Water will be available near the start/finish line.

Weather and emergencies: The race will take place rain or shine. In the case of emergency, participants will be notified with event updates via email or text by 6:00 a.m. the morning of the race. Notifications will also be posted on the website and the Arboretum’s Facebook page.

 

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