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The Pine Pacer

Kick off the new 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 Pine Pacer hoodie with men’s and women’s styles
  • An option to have your hoodie mailed
  • Challenge completion stickers
  • Participants who aren’t yet members of the Arboretum receive complimentary admission passes and an opportunity to become members at a discounted rate.

Pine Pacer participants must select walking or running while registering, based on the predominant method they will use to accomplish their mileage goals. For example, runners are allowed to include tracked walking miles, but the majority of miles submitted should be completed while running.

Registration has closed.

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

Pine Pacer participants who are already members of the Arboretum but want to share the gift of membership this holiday season can receive $10 off the annual membership cost being gifted. Share the joy of an Arboretum membership with a friend and you can collect your Pine Pacer miles together! (Please note that this offer is only valid for new Morton-level memberships purchased on or before January 8, 2023. This offer does not apply to membership renewals).


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