Special Events

Read and Play in the Park (Ages 4 - 9)

Head to Blackhawk Meadow Park for stories, games and parachute play. Join Mrs. Julie form the Byron Public Library and Ms. Renita from the Byron Park District for a fun-filled hour. Don't forget to bring a water bottle!----Read and Play 200x200 (2).JPG

Dates: Monday, June 17, July 8, and August 5.

Time: 10:00 - 11:00 a.m.

Location: Blackhawk Meadow Park

Fee: FREE- Registration is Required!

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**An official Rockford Road Runners circuit race! www.rockfordroadrunners.org

Join us for the Annual Byron Fest 5K Run! This race is held along the trails of the Byron Forest Preserve. The course offers a variety of terrain and breathtaking views of the prairie and hills. Chip timing will be utilized and splits will be provided at the one and two mile marks. Water stations will be located at or near the 1.5 mile mark and finish line. A visual timer will be displayed.
Date: Saturday, July 13th

Day of Registration/Check-In: 7:00 - 7:45 a.m.

5K Run/Walk: Begins promptly at 8:00 a.m.

*Entry Fees: $25 Adult and $15 Youth
  • Competitive running shirts are guaranteed to participants registered by Friday, June 28th.
  • Pre-registration is accepted through Friday, July 12 at noon.
  • Plaques will be awarded to the top 3 male and female finishers in each age division youth to adult.
  • Medals will be awarded to the top 3 male and female finishers in each age division, youth to adult.
  • 5 year age divisions ages 15 and older.
  • Special age divisions for ages 14 and under.
*10% discount offered for Rockford Road Runners or Rockford Wildcat Members


If you have questions about this race, contact Race Director, Renita Krusey at 815-234-6492 or email rkrusey@byronparks.org.

Movie in the Park

Join Presenting Sponsor Byron Bank and the Byron Park District as we wrap up summer with an outdoor showing of Mary Poppins Returns. There will be free food and games beginning at 7:00 p.m. and the evening will conclude with the movie.----Mary Poppins cropped 200x200.jpg

Date: Saturday, August 10

Time: 7:00 p.m.

Location: Blackhawk Meadow Park


Toddler Play at the Park (Ages 18 mo. - 3 yrs.)

Messy crafts, parachute play & outdoor explorations. Join Mrs. Julie and Miss Renita at Blackhawk Meadow Park for an outdoor toddler play day. Dress for mess and wear tennis shoes. Please register a week in advance to secure your spot.----Toddler Play 200x200.JPG

Date: Monday, August 26

Time: 10:00 - 10:45 a.m.

Location: Blackhawk Meadow Park

Fee: FREE- Registration is required.

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**Now an official Rockford Road Runners circuit race! www.rockfordroadrunners.org

Tiger 10 Miler

Join us for the second 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. 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 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 7, 2019

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

* Walkers are welcome and will start at 7:30am. "The early start is assigned by performance and is not done by or for convenience to competitors. 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

Fee: $40/person before August 6th
$50/person August 7th - September 5th
$60/person September 6th or race day


Age Groups
0 - 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 & older

If you have questions about this race, contact Race Director, Nick Warrner at 815-234-6218 or email nwarrner@byronparks.org.
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