Special Events

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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. Please 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 20
Time: 6:30-8:30 pm
Location: Byron Forest Preserve Banquet Room
Grades: 3-5
Fee: $20 per person
Registration Deadline: May 13

Byron Fest 5K & 1 Mile Fun Run Presented by Weezy's

New this year is a 1 mile Fun Run! All Fun Run participants will receive a participation medal. Chip timing is not available for the fun run.Join us for the Annual Byron Fest 5K Run presented by Weezy's! This 2022 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. 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. Age divisions are as follows: 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: Saturday, July 9
Check-in: 7:00-7:45 am
Race Time: 8:00 am 5K/ 8:05 am Fun Run
Location: Jarrett Prairie Center
5K Fee: Adult $30/Youth $20
Fun Run Fee: $10

5K participants must be pre-registered by June 24, 2022 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-registrations will be accepted through July 8, 2022 at noon. Packet pick up and day of registration will be available onsite from 7:00 a.m. - 7:45 a.m. with the 5K 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 & Bike Parade

Join us for a fun filled night at Blackhawk Meadow Park presented by Byron Bank! Start the evening off with dinner or a sweet treat from one of the food trucks, participate in the bike parade to win a prize, and end the evening watching the family favorite, ET! Participants in the bike parade should arrive with their bikes decorated and registration is not required.

Date: Saturday, August 6
Time: Food Trucks 6:00 pm | Bike Parade 7:00 pm | Movie at dusk
Location: Blackhawk Meadow Park
Fee: Free (food trucks not included)

Tiger 10 Miler - Presented by Byron Bank

Join us for the fifth 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 this year (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 17, 2022
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 9/16 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
$50/person before July 9th
$60/person July 10th - August 31st (8/31 is the last day to guarantee a shirt)
$70/person September 1st - race day.
*Online registration closes at noon on Friday 9/16.

Age groups:
0 - 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 & Older

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