Special Events

Tiger 10 Miler Trail Race - Presented by Byron Bank

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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:
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 Preserve

$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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Fall Frenzy 5K Three Race Series

The Fall Frenzy 5K Three Race Series returns for 2021! This exciting race series will give participants the flexibility to sign up for one race or all three! Each race will have its own race shirt and take place in a different location. Participants who sign up for the race series will receive an additional commemorative race shirt acknowledging their accomplishment.

Our first race, the Fall Frolic will take participants to the Howard Colman Hall Creek Preserve which features a variety of trails and beautiful views. The meander of Hall Creek and flowage of spring water found on the property have carved out bluffs and exposed dolomite cliffs. Rolling, restored prairie gives way to an open canopy of majestic oaks gathered among the creekside hills.

Our second race, the Halloween on the Prairie 5K captures the essence of fall at the Jarret Prairie Center. Runners will breathe in the changing colors of the prairie while taking in fall views from the rolling hills.

Our third and final race in the series, the Thanksgiving Day Turkey Trot 5K, presented by Byron Bank is all about fun! This race is an approximate 5K and runners will guess their time. Pies will be awarded to the top finishers who are closest to guessing their finish time. The "Best Dressed" Golden Turkey award will be back and the winner(s) will have a chance to take home a special prize!

Chip timing will be provided by Tri-3 Sports Timing.

Plaques will be awarded to the overall male and female finishers. Medals will be awarded to the top 3 male and female finishers in each age division. Age divisions are as follow: 0-14, 15-18, 19-24, 25-34, 35-44, 45-54, 55-64, 65-74, 75 & older.

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Head to the Byron High School Swimming Pool for a one of a kind night of GLOW swimming! Enter the Splash Contest and hang out with friends! Glow bracelets and necklaces will be available for purchase!
Date: Friday, October 1
Time: 7:00-9:00 p.m.
Location: BHS Swimming Pool
Fee: $10/$14

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Join us for a fun afternoon celebrating Halloween on the Prairie! Hayrides, face painting, games and more!
Date: Sunday, October 24
Time: 12:00-4:00 p.m.
Location: Jarrett Prairie Center
Fee: Free

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Join us for a smashing good time! Bring your pumpkins to the Byron Fire Station, throw them off the fire tower and try to hit the bullseye. Cookies and apple cider will be served.

Date: Monday, November 1
Time: 4:00-6:00 p.m.
Location: Byron Fire Station
Fee: Free

Holiday House Decorating Showdown

Get ready to spread some holiday cheer and participate in the second annual holiday house decorating showdown! We are calling on Park District residents to decorate their house for a chance to win bragging rights and some fun prizes too! Prizes will be awarded to one winner in each decorating category: The Clark W. Griswold, Best Yard Display, Traditional. Please be sure to have your lights on December 14 at 6:00 pm for judging. Be sure to register no later than noon on December 13th!