Special Events

The I RUN TO GET OUT OF MY HOUSE 5K (May 4th - May 29th)

Welcome to the I RUN TO GET OUT OF MY HOUSE 5K! This is a "virtual" race and runners should adhere to social distancing at all times.

The race map and additional information can be found here: http://www.byronparks.org/special-events.

We are asking runners to officially register for this race which can be done online at the following link: https://runsignup.com/Race/IL/Byron/TheIRUNTOGETOUTOFMYHOUSE5K . The cost is $10/person and all registered runners will receive a race t-shirt at the conclusion of the event once all entries are finalized. Runners can complete the 5K course anytime between now and May 29th. Once a runner completes the course they should email their finish time to info@byronparks.org . The leader-board will be updated as times are reported. This race is just for fun and no awards will be given except for the participation t-shirt. So lets get out of our houses and enjoy this 5K race through downtown Byron!

You can upload your photos using the hashtag #iruntogetoutofmyhouse

To view a larger version of the course map click HERE

Leader board (updated 5/22/20 at 12:00pm)
1. Adam Gura- 19:48
2. Jon Silvers- 26:59
3. Cami Connell- 34:44
4. Jaclyn Baylander- 37:10
5. Carol Walters- 47:15:25
6. Steve Walters- 47:15:29
T7: Carolyn Dilbeck- 1:05:06
T7: Mary Jo Dilbeck- 1:05:06
T7: Dan Dilbeck- 1:05:06

The Social Distance 5K Race (this race has concluded)

The Byron Park District is excited to announce the Social Distance 5K Race! This is a free race that you can choose to complete on your own while maintaining proper social distancing. Participants should be at least 14 years of age or accompanied by an adult. Runners and walkers will have from now until April 30th to complete the course and submit their times to info@byronparks.org to be added to our official leader-board. This race is strictly an opportunity to get outside and enjoy a challenge.

Course Map - for a larger view click HERE

FINAL Leader board (updated 5/4/20 at 9:00am)

1. Chris Remhof- 20:09

2. Gary Wright- 20:43

3. Adam Gura 21:08

4. Dustin Collins- 24:17

5. Terry Remhof- 24:20

6. Brittany Collins- 25:46

T7. Maggie O'malley Franks - 28.18

T7. Josh Franks- 28.18

T8. Andrea Hobbie- 30:49

T8. Sarah Oltmans- 30:49

11. Stephanie Buehler 32:03

12. Cami Connell- 37:26

Tiger 10 Miler - 3rd Annual Trail Race

Join us for the third annual Tiger 10 Miler Trail Race and after party! This exciting race will take runners on ten miles of twists, turns, and hills within the Byron Forest Preserve and the more secluded Nardi Equine Prairie. All participants will receive a custom finisher's medal, shirt and our unique age group awards go 3 deep in 5-year brackets. Overall male & female winners and also male and female masters winners will receive awards and a cash prize. Special awards will be given starting in 2022 for five year finishers of the Tiger 10 Miler. Those five years don't have to be consecutive, just five total finishers. This is a "cup free" race so please bring your handheld water bottle or hydration pack as we won't have paper cups at our three aid stations in order to keep our trails clean and be environmentally friendly.

Following the race, the after party will be held at the Hairy Cow Brewing Company from 10am to noon. Race participants will kick back and enjoy a complementary meal while awards, cash prizes, and door prizes are distributed! "Like" or "follow" us on the socials @Tiger10Miler for updates and pictures of the course.

Date: Saturday, September 19, 2020
Time: 8:00 a.m.* - 11:00 a.m.
Check-in: 7:00-7:45 a.m. at the Byron Forest Preserve Jarrett Prairie Center

Packet Pickup:

  • Pre-race: Friday 9/18 at the Byron Park District front desk 5pm-9pm. 420 N. Colfax St. Byron, IL 61010 Door #54
  • Race day: packet pickup at the race site 7am-7:45am.

* Walkers are welcome and will start at 7:30am. "The early start is assigned by performance is not done by or for convenience to competitors and Byron Park District reserves the right to decide entry or not to early start. 18 minute mile pace will finish the course in 3 hours. The early start is out of respect to our volunteers and hopefully will shorten the amount of time they spend working on race days"

Location: Byron Forest Preserve


  • $45/person before July 7th
  • $55/person July 8th - August 31st (8/31 is the last day to guarantee a shirt)
  • $65/person September 1st - race day.

*Online registration closes at noon on Friday 9/18.

Age groups:

  • 0 - 14 Yrs
  • 15 Yrs- 19 Yrs
  • 20 Yrs - 24 Yrs
  • 25 Yrs - 29 Yrs
  • 30 Yrs- 34 Yrs
  • 35 Yrs- 39 Yrs
  • 40 Yrs- 44 Yrs
  • 45 Yrs- 49 Yrs
  • 50 Yrs- 54 Yrs
  • 55 Yrs- 59 Yrs
  • 60 Yrs- 64 Yrs
  • 65 Yrs- 69 Yrs
  • 70 Yrs - 74 Yrs
  • 75 Yrs and older

For a complete list of our current program offerings including dates, times, and fees please visit our online registration site here:

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