Arbor Day Celebration 2023



START YOUR TRAINING for 2023! Walk, Run, and Ride with us as we celebrate Arbor Day in our City and our region!

On November 4, 2023, Keep McAllen Beautiful will hold the 12th annual Arbor Day Celebration. The Arbor Day Celebration, is an event that will help you stay active and healthy. You can participate in a 5K/10K Run, 25Mi Bike Ride, a Social Bike Ride (6-8 Miles), and a Kids 2K Run. You can also sign up to do a Virtual 100K Bike Ride, Virtual 100Mi Bike Ride, and a Virtual Social Bike Ride. Your virtual event must be completed anytime between March 5 to March 14.  Once you complete your virtual event, post a selfie with your time to our Facebook Page and then head over to our office for your medal!  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. So if you missed it in 2022, make plans to join us on November 4, 2023!  

Thank you for making it possible! 

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

And much more!!!


Event Q & A:

How do I sign up? We will add the link once registration is open. 

Will the run and bike ride be timed? The 5K and 10K will have a timing chip on the bib. The bike ride will not be timed but participants will be issued a bib. 

When can I pick up my packet? Packet Pick up will be on November 2, 2023, from 7:30 am to 7:30 pm at the Keep McAllen Beautiful Office located at 4101 N. Bentsen Road, McAllen TX, 78504. We will send you a reminder.

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



Want to be a 2023 SPONSOR?   

Click here - 2022 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 are the different races I can register for?

  • A 10K Run (Timed Event) 
  • A 5K Run (Timed Event) 
  • A 25 Mile Bike Ride (Not a Timed Event) - an escort vehicle and SAG vehicle will be available
  • A Social Bike Ride (Not a Timed Event)  - a SAG vehicle will be available on the 6-8 mile ride (Kids under the age of 18 must be accompanied by a parent)
  • A Kids 2K Run (Not a Timed Event) - a 1.2 mile run
  • A  Virtual 100K Bike Ride (Not a Timed Event) 
  • A Virtual 100Mi Bike Ride (Not a Timed Event)
  • A Virtual Social Bike Ride (Not a Timed Event) - 6-8 mile ride

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, November 2 from 7:30am to 7:30pm at the Keep McAllen Beautiful office (4101 N Bentsen Rd., McAllen 78504). 

Packet pick up is where you will pick up your event packet. The packet will include your bib (with timing chip if you are participating in a timed event) and a t-shirt if you registered before the t-shirt deadline. 

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 the event going to take place?

The Arbor Day Celebration will start in the Municipal Park just off Bicentennial and Quince.  Links to maps will be on our website as well as the instructions of 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.  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! A tree workshop will also take place at the park for the whole family to participate in. 

Will there be awards for fastest runners?

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.

We will present 1st, 2nd and 3rd place winning medals by age category AND an overall award for 1st Place 5K and 10K (male and female category). So....hurry up and get training!

What is the Arbor Day Celebration?

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 2023!