Special Events

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

Pre-race Packet Pickup: Friday 9/16 at the Byron Park District front desk 5:00 p.m.-8:30 p.m. 500 N. Colfax St. Door 55, Byron, IL 61010
Race Day Packet Pickup: 7:00 a.m.-7:45 a.m.

* Walkers are welcome and will start at 7:30 a.m. 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
$55/person before July 7th
$65/person July 8th - August 31st (8/31 is the last day to guarantee a shirt)
$75/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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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.

Grades: 4-8
Date: Sept. 23
Time: 6:30-8:30 pm
Location: Byron HS Swimming Pool
Fee: $10/$14
Code: 5769

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Halloween on the Prairie

Join us for a fun filled afternoon on the prairie. There will be hayrides, goodies and games!

Date: October 23
Time: 12:00-4:00 p.m.
Location: Jarrett Prairie Center

Pumpkin Smash

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. This event is FREE!

Date: November 1
Time: 4:00-6:00 pm

Turkey Trot 5K

Join us for the Thanksgiving Day Turkey Trot 5K, presented by Byron Bank! Burn some calories and have some fun before you head out for your Thanksgiving feast. Pies will be randomly awarded to participants in attendance. The "Best Dressed" Golden Turkey award will be back and the winner(s) will have a chance to take home a special prize! Pre-registration closes Wednesday Nov. 23 at 12:00pm. Custom race shirts are guaranteed to participants registered by Friday, Nov. 4 at 12:00 pm. 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 as follows: 0-14, 15-18, 19-24, 25-34, 35-44,45-54, 55-64, 65-74, 75+.

Fee: $30 adult/$20 youth
Location: Byron PE Center
Day-of Registration/Race Day Check-In: 7:00-7:45 am
Pre-Registration Packet Pick-Up: Wednesday, Nov. 23, 5:00-9:00 pm

Holiday House Decorating Showdown

Get ready to spread some holiday cheer and participate in the third annual holiday house decorating showdown! We are calling on Park District residents to decorate their houses for a chance to win bragging rights and some fun prizes too! New this year is the option to nominate your neighbor! Prizes will be awarded to 1st, 2nd and 3rd place entries.

Registration Deadline: December 12

Judging: December 13 | Lights must be on by 6:00 pm

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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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