The Pine Pacer

Kick off the Arboretum’s centennial year with a month-long winter running and walking challenge.

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Start the new year off on the right foot with a running and walking challenge at The Morton Arboretum. Participants select a monthly total of 25, 50, or 100 miles. Throughout the month of January track all of your runs and walks and submit the mileages of each workout on our virtual result website. You can run or walk at The Arboretum, around the block, on a treadmill, or anywhere else that you like to run and walk. Remember this is a challenge, push yourself and kick off your new year’s resolutions.

Event highlights include:

  • Commemorative Arboretum athletic, zip-up jacket with men’s and women’s styles;
  • Challenge completion sticker.

New this year: 

  • Runners and walkers will have separate result lists;
  • A newly designed centennial club sticker for participants that complete 100 miles to commemorate the Arboretum’s centennial year;
  • An option to have your jacket mailed;
  • Nonmembers will receive complimentary admission passes.

Registration Options

Pine Pacer participants must select walking or running while registering, based on the predominate way participants will be accomplishing the mileage goals. For example, runners are allowed to track walking miles but the majority of miles submitted should be completed while running.

Packet Pickup Options

Pine Pacer jackets can be picked up for free at Dick Pond Athletics in Lisle Saturday, January 15 through Sunday, February 6, during regular store hours.

Jackets can be mailed to participants for an additional fee of $15 per participant. Jackets will be brought to the post office the week of January 17, 2022.

Pine Pacer participants that are not Arboretum members have an opportunity to save $10 on a one year Morton Arboretum Membership. View your confirmation email for instructions on how to purchase your new membership. Utilize the membership to walk or run at the Arboretum to collect your Pine Pacer miles. Some restrictions may apply.



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