Arbor Day Celebration Set For Saturday, March 7, 2020!

ON-LINE REGISTRATION CLOSES ON TUESDAY, MARCH 3RD.  You may register in person at the KMB Office up until 7:30pm on Friday, March 6th.

START YOUR TRAINING for 2020! Walk, Run, and Ride with us as we celebrate Arbor Day in our City and our region!

The Arbor Day Celebration Committee is planning for the 2020 event which promises to once again offer a closed course for all runners and SAG vehicles and law enforcement support for our cyclists.  Arbor Day will bring you an exciting family-friendly event that will play an important role in “planting” the future for trees in our city.

On March 7, 2020,  Keep McAllen Beautiful will hold the 9th annual Arbor Day Celebration. The Arbor Day Celebration, is an event where you can run a timed 5K or 10K, do a 25 mile or 100K bike tour or a Kids 1 Mile Run.  The running course is a completely closed course blocked to all vehicular traffic so this makes it especially a fun run for both young and old! Plus it is stroller and pet friendly- just make sure your doggy is on a leash.  These events all start at McAllen Municipal Park.  The 25 mile and100K bike tour will feature an escort and SAG vehicle. This year will once again feature healthful vendors and even more fun activities for the kids, that includes a tree workshop on how to properly plan and maintain a healthy tree and a fun crafts area for the kids to plant their very own tree seeds!!  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!


10k Map
25k Bike Tour Map

100 K Bike Ride Map

Kids 1 Mile Run Map

Downloadable GPS Maps

Arbor Day FAQ


Keep McAllen Beautiful and Public Works of McAllen will give away saplings 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, during the event at Municipal Park on Bicentennial Blvd.  

Residents and participants will receive one free tree while supplies last. Trees available will include Anacua, Brazil, Caesalpinia, Cedar Elm, Cenizo, Chapote(Persimmon), Coma, Ebony, Fiddlewood, Guajillo, Guayacan, Honey Mesquite, Kidneywood,  Manzanita, Montezuma Bald Cypress, Mountain Laurel, Persimmon, Rio Grande Ash, Sabal Palm, Sierra Madre Torchwood, Soapberry, Tepeguaje, Texas Lantana, Vasey's Adelia, White Brush, and Wild Olive. 

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

 e-mail [email protected]

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. So if you missed it in 2019, make plans to join us on March 7, 2020!  

Thank you for making it possible!


  • 25 Mile and 100K Bike Tour Start 7:00 am
  • 5K & 10K Run Start 7:30am
  • Kids 1 Mile Run 9:30am


  • Pass out medals
  • Cheer the runners/cyclist
  • Distribute free trees
  • Assist at water stations

And much more!!!


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



Check out our 2020 Sponsors below! Want to be a 2021 SPONSOR?   

Click here - 2021 Sponsor Opportunities

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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). 
  • A 5K footrace (you guessed it, race-chip event as well).  
  • The 10K and 5K are well delineated routes that are a fun course along a portion of 16th Street and also Bicentennial Blvd.  The route is completely closed off to traffic so you can walk or run without worry.  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 and 100K bike tour (untimed, go at your own pace) - an escort vehicle and SAG vehicle will be available.  

Want more family time?:

  • Kids 1 mile run will be available for children 12 years and under. Entry for the Kids 1 mile is free.  The first 400 registrants for the Kids 1 Mile will recieve a cool running shirt!

How Do I Register For the Event?


Download the Paper Registration Form and drop it off at the KMB office - 4101 N. Bentsen Road


Where (and what) is packet pick-up?

Packet pick up FOR ALL PARTICIPANTS occurs Thursday, March 5th and Friday, March 6th at the Keep McAllen Beautiful office (4101 N Bentsen Rd., McAllen 78504). 

Packet pick up is how you get your race bib/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, OR Bike Tour - NEW THIS YEAR… must register by Sunday, February 16th to be guaranteed a t-shirt.  The first 400 children registered will also get a kid's t-shirt.  But….you need to make sure you collect your packet during packet pickup otherwise your kid’s shirt will be distributed on a first come, first serve basis on the day of the event!

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 Kids 1 Mile Run will also be on Bicentennial. A tree workshop will also take place at the park for the whole family to participate in. 

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

Here's our map of the planned route for runners and the cyclists below....for the Kid's 1 Mile, the children will start at Quince and Bicentennial and run north to Highland Ave....yep that's 1/2mile and then turn back to head back to the finish line. Don't worry mom and dad, the road will be completely blocked to traffic to ensure the safety of all runners (or walkers). As well, the route for the 5k and 10k will also be completely blocked to traffic.

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.  We will present 1st, 2nd and 3rd place winning medals by age category AND an overal award for 1st Place 5K and 10K (male and female category). So....hurry up and 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 Criterium so that cyclists could race each other?

The third year, the two foresters and KMB said why not a 25-mile bike tour, a 5K run, or a 10K run and a bike criterium?  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.  The event also features a 25 mile and 100K bike tour (no timer, no pressure) and a Kids 1 Mile Run (kids 12 years and under).

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 2020!