Keep McAllen Beautiful and the City of McAllen invite you to participate in the Arbor Day Celebration to be held on March 4, 2017! REGISTER HERE -                                       ON-SITE REGISTRATION WILL NOT BE AVAILABLE.

Come out this March and help us celebrate our 6th Anniversary! Run, cycle, or walk with us as we celebrate Arbor Day in our City and our region!

This year, the Arbor Day Celebration Committee teamed up again to bring you an exciting family-friendly event that will play an important role in “planting” the future for trees in our city.


10k Map
25k Bike Tour Map

Arbor Day FAQ


Keep McAllen Beautiful and Public Works of McAllen will give away saplings on March 4, 2017, during its Arbor Day Celebration event.  Funds raised thorough the Arbor Day Celebration will go towards establishing a dedicated tree fund, elevate the awareness of trees, improve resident's property, and protect local watersheds. Hidalgo County residents and participants can select saplings from 7:00am to 12:00 pm, Saturday, March 4, 2017, at Municipal Park on Bicentennial Blvd.  

Residents and participants will receive one free tree while supplies last. Trees available will include Anacho Orchid, Anacua, Border Palo Verde, Brazil, Cedar Elm, Colima, Coma, Desert Yaupon, Fiddlewood, Guajillo, Mexican Oak, Potato Tree, Retama, Sierra Torchwood, Soapberry, Texas Ebony, Texas Persimmon, Vasey's Adelia, White Brush, Wild Olive, Wolfberry and Yellow Sophora. 

These species are provided to replenish our urban forest and natural ecosystem. We appreciate your support and from the bottom of our hearts, we proudly say Thank You!!

Any questions about trees, call (956) 681-4562

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On March 4, 2017, Keep McAllen Beautiful will host the 6th annual Arbor Day Celebration.  The Arbor Day Celebration, is an event where you can run a timed 5K or 10K, do a 25-mile bike tour or a Family Fun Walk along the Hike & Bike Trail. New this year is a "combo" event, you can run the 5K and hop on your bike for the 25mile tour (runners must complete the 5k in under 40 minutes).  These events all start at McAllen Municipal Park.  The 5K and 10K are Certified by US Track & Field! The 25 mile bike tour will feature an escort and SAG vehicle. This year will feature healthful vendors and fun activities for the kids.  We invite you to come out and participate with the rest of your community!  Get active, celebrate trees, and enjoy the beautiful RGV spring weather!

Arbor Day is a day when we celebrate nature’s gift of trees, the tall providers of shade, fruit, fun, and a habitat for many different kinds of wildlife.  This Arbor Day, come out and make a difference by helping us continue to establish a dedicated tree-planting fund with the money raised at this event, and by planting some trees yourself!  Together, we are making our city greener, cooler, and more beautiful.

Thank you for making it possible!


  • 5K & 10K RUN Start 7:00am
  • BIKE TOUR Start 7:45am
  • *NEW FOR 2017 - COMBO 5KRun-25mile bike tour
  • TREE PLANTINGS (volunteers) 8:00am
  • FAMILY WALK 10:00am


Participate without Running, Biking or Walking…..Donate to the ADC TREE Fund


Click here to participate in our Arbor Day Celebration by donating funds for Trees!

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I've never run a 5K before... is it hard?

Well, that depends on how much you push yourself.

We'll be honest, a 5K is 3.1 miles, so it's some distance.  But you can definitely do it, even if you haven't trained a whole lot beforehand.

If you are a healthy, active person, there is no reason you would be unable to finish a 5K.  Now we're not going to guarantee you 1st place, but if you want to try it out, there is nothing that should stop you.

Our vote: just go for it!

Even if you walk across the finish line, you'll have finished a 5K.  And that's pretty cool.

What exactly are the different races I can register for?

We've got 5 cool options for you.

  •  A 10K footrace (a race-chip event). Certified by US Track & Field!
  • A 5K footrace (you guessed it, race-chip event as well).  Certified by US Track & Field!
  • The 10K and 5K are well delineated routes that are a fun course along a portion of 16th Street and also Bicentennial Blvd.  These two events are open to wheel chair racing and for anyone with disabilities.

If you prefer to be active, but not to race, we've got:

  •  A 25-mile bike tour (untimed, go at your own pace) - an escort vehicle and SAG vehicle will be available.  

If you are an awesome athlete:

  • A Combo 5k/25mile bike tour is perfect for you! You must be pretty fast to participate in this one.  Runners must complete the 5K in under 40 minutes to transition onto their bicycle to go on the 25mile bike tour.  Only the 5K segment of this combo will be timed.

Want more family time?:

  • The Family Fun Walk (an untimed walk for up to five entrants) is wheelchair and  stroller friendly.  Education and identification of trees will be provided on site by our Urban Forester. 

How Do I Register For the Event?

Online Registration Here

Download the Paper Registration Form


Where (and what) is packet pick-up?

Packet pick up will occur on Thursday, March 2,  and on Friday, March 3 throughout the day at this location:

 Keep McAllen Beautiful Office -4101 N. Bentsen Road (mobile home corner of Bentsen Road and Nolana) from 8am until 7:00pm on both days.  

Packet pick up is how you get your race number (if you are participating in a timed event), a personal map of the route, and a T-Shirt if you are participating in the 5K or 10K (first 500 registered). Family Fun Walk participants recieve one t-shirt per family. 

Don't miss packet pick-up!

Where do I park?

At the event, you'll have three parking options:

  1. McAllen High School has partnered with us to provide parking behind the McHi Stadium!  Please enter from the back (take 23rd St to Tamarack Avenue and enter the lot from Tamarack).
  2. You may also use the McHi Administration Building and Human Resources Parking Lots on Tamarack.
  3. Parking will also be available in the Municipal Park parking spaces on the north side of Quince Ave.

Please remember that Bicentennial Blvd. will be closed to traffic from Nolana to Pecan, so please approach parking lots from 23rd street. 

Please watch carefully for pedestrians, bikers and runners when you arrive, and when you leave!

Where exactly is this thing going to take place anyway?

That's another good question.

Pretty important to know where something is if you want to participate right?

The Arbor Day Celebration will start in the Municipal Park just off Bicentennial and Quince.  When you pick up your registration packet, it will include a map of the route as well as instructions on where to park. 

The races themselves will be run on Bicentennial Blvd. and on 16th Street, which will be closed to traffic from Nolana to Pecan. That way, you have a safe place to run, with no cars trying to squish you.  The route on 16th Street for the 5K and 10K will take you through areas with old native trees.  So for a novice, this will be a route with no obstacles and is open and wide making it an even more pleasurable event that you will keep wanting to come back to!  The Family Fun Walk will take place on the Bicentennial Blvd.  Hike & Bike Trail and will feature a fun tree identifying game for the participants.   There will also be a tree planting project that will take place on that day. 

I want an event map, how can I obtain one?

Here's our map of the planned route for runners and the 25 mile bike tour. 

For a downloadable version,click here.

Will there be awards for fastest racers?                                

Heck yeah!

We want this race to be open to anyone and everyone who wants to try it, whether you love trees, love races, or just want to try a race.  That's why we have a Finisher Medal for everyone who crosses that finish line.

But there are people out there (you know who you are), who are very competitive, and are already thinking about whether they can win this thing.  (Don't lie to yourself, you thought about it for a second at least.)

We respect that.

We respect the commitment it takes to train, we respect the strength it takes to push yourself past the guy or girl running next to you, we respect the people who want to make themselves, better, faster, and stronger.

And so, we want to especially honor those who excel.  For runners, there will be awards given to the top three finishers in each category, there will also be an award for the top 4 over-all finishers (M/F 5k&10k).    Get training!

So... What IS the Arbor Day Celebration?

That's a great question.

Let us answer it for you.

The Arbor Day Challenge is the brainchild of Mark Kroeze (our previous City of McAllen Forester) and Salvador Alemany (our previous Texas Forest Service Forester).   The first Arbor Day “Challenge” took place in 2012, these two helped the City of McAllen put on an Arbor Day Bike Tour (check out the video here!), and have since come back every year to make it an even bigger and better event.

The second year, the two foresters said, "Hey, what if we made this thing a race?  What if we gave people a chance to celebrate Arbor Day with a 25-mile bike tour, a 5K run, or a 10K run and a bike race?  And what if we added something for families too?"

Thus began the Arbor Day Celebration.  Currently, the event features a timed 5K, a timed 10K which are both certified by US Track & Field.  Event also features a 25-mile bike tour (no timer, no pressure) and a Family Fun Walk (get those kids up and out!).

You see, Mark and Salvador love trees, and so does our city, and since Arbor Day is really about celebrating and protecting the trees that make this earth the beautiful blue and green globe that it is, we wanted to do our part to make our community and our world a better, brighter, and healthier place.  For that reason, we will also give away trees every year, as well as have the planting of trees in one of our city parks.

So, we want to invite you to be a part of an event that will plant new trees in a public space, give you a city that is greener, cooler, and easier on the eyes, and give you a chance to get out and get active with your community!

So whether you bike, run, plant, or just come watch, we hope to see you at the Arbor Day Celebration 2017!

Sponsorship Opportunities

We would love to have you as part of our 2016 Arbor Day Celebration. Download more information here.

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