Special Events

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Join us for a night of FUN with your special son(s)! Mom's dance the night away, enjoy light refreshments, and make memory's with your special little guy(s) in your life! Grandmas, aunts and others are welcome. Semi-formal attire is recommended and pre-registration is required! This event is for youth ages 3-10 years with an adult. Fee is per person so please be sure to register all persons attending.

Date: Friday, May 14

Time: 6:30 - 8:30 p.m.

Location: Byron Middle School Gymnasium

Fee: $15 per person attending

Registration deadline: April 30


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Dad's come and enjoy a night full of fun, excitement, and dancing! Grandpas, uncles, and others are welcome to escort their little ladies! Light refreshments will be provided. Semi-formal attire is recommended. Pre-registration is required! This event is for youth ages 3-10 years with an adult. Fee is per person so please be sure to register all persons attending.

Date: Saturday, May 15

Time: 6:30 - 8:30 p.m.

Location: Byron Middle School Gymnasium

Fee: $15 per person attending

Registration deadline: April 30


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Fun, Music, and Games! Calling all Byron 3rd-5th grade students; it's time to grab your crazy socks and show off your dance moves to the musical entertainment of Sound Solution. Back again is the very popular 5th grade lip sync contest! All lip sync groups must sign up at the park district office and music must be pre-approved. You may send all music to Elaine Carow at ecarow@byronparks.org. Pre-registration is required. Registrations will not be accepted at the door.

Date: Friday, May 21

Time: 6:30 - 8:30 p.m.

Location: Byron Middle School Gymnasium

Fee: $12 per person attending

Registration deadline: May 15


Byron Fest 5K

Join us for the Annual Byron Fest 5K Run! This 2021 Rockford Road Runners Circuit Race, and family friendly event, is held on the beautiful trails of the Byron Forest Preserve. The course features well maintained trails with panoramic views and a variety of terrain. Chip timing will be provided by Tri-3 Sports Timing and splits will be provided at the one and two mile marks. An emergency water station will be located at the halfway point.

Plaques will be awarded to overall male and female finishers and medals will be awarded to top 3 male and female finishers in each age division. Awards will be distributed following the conclusion of the race. Age divisions are as follow: 8 & under, 9-10, 11-12, 13-14, 15-19, 20-24, 25-29, 30-34, 35-39, 40-44, 45-49, 50-54, 55-59, 60-64, 65-69, 70-74, 75 & above.

Date: July 10

Location: Byron Forest Preserve Jarrett Prairie Center

Race Time: 8:00 am

Shirt Guarantee: Participants must be pre-registered by June 25, 2021 at noon to be guaranteed a race shirt. A limited number of shirts will be available race day on a first come, first serve basis.

Pre-Registration: Pre-registrations will be accepted through July 9, 2021 at noon.

Packet Pick-up: Packet pick-up will be available onsite from 7:00 a.m. - 7:45 a.m. with the race beginning promptly at 8:00 a.m.

Day of Registration: Day of registration will be held onsite 7:00 a.m. - 7:45 a.m. with the race beginning promptly at 8:00 a.m.

Parking and indoor restrooms are available onsite.

Due to terrain, baby joggers and strollers are discouraged.

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Movie in the Park- Presented by Byron Bank

Join Presenting Sponsor Byron Bank for this years Movie in the Park, GOONIES! Free snacks and activities will begin at 7:00 p.m. and the movie will begin at dusk.

Date: Saturday, August 7

Time: 7:00 p.m.

Location: Blackhawk Meadow Park

Fee: Free


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Join us for the fourth annual Tiger 10 Miler Trail Race presented by Byron Bank! 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 finishes. 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 Hairy Cow Brewing Company from 10:00 a.m. 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 18, 2021
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 9/17 at the Byron Park District front desk 5pm-8:30pm. 500 N. Colfax St. Door 55, Byron, IL 61010
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 PreserveFee:
$45/person before July 9th
$55/person July 10th - 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 9/17.

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

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