Arbor Day Celebration Set For Saturday, March 6, 2021!


ON-LINE REGISTRATION CLOSES ON TUESDAY, MARCH 2. You may register in person at the KMB Office up until 7:00pm on Thursday, March 4.


START YOUR TRAINING for 2021! Walk, Run, and Ride with us as we celebrate Arbor Day in our City and our region!

On March 6, 2021, Keep McAllen Beautiful will hold the 10th annual Arbor Day Celebration. The Arbor Day Celebration, is an event where you can run a 5K or 10K, do a 25 mile or 100K bike tour.  As we adapt to our new normal this year we will ONLY be offering our event virtually. Get active, celebrate trees, and enjoy the beautiful RGV spring weather!

Arbor Day is a day when we celebrate nature’s gift of trees, the tall providers of shade, fruit, fun, and a habitat for many different kinds of wildlife.  This Arbor Day, come out and make a difference by helping us continue to establish a dedicated tree-planting fund with the money raised at this event, and by planting some trees yourself!  Together, we are making our city greener, cooler, and more beautiful. So if you missed it in 2020, make plans to join us on March 6, 2021!  

Thank you for making it possible!


Event Q & A:

Where can I run/walk? Anywhere! This is your virtual run. McAllen assigned trails, parks, sidewalks, treadmill– you can make this race your own! Take the time to involve the whole family for a fun family run. Now’s the chance!

How do I sign up? You can register through, like you would normally do in past years.

When can I start my run? Beginning on March 6, 2021, you can log your results and complete other post-race experience actions, and upload your photos to the Arbor Day Celebration 2021 Facebook event.

How do I track my distance and time? For the Virtual Run, we accept results on the honor system, but the most accurate tracking is typically via a device with GPS tracking.

When can I pick up my packet? Race packet pick up will be on March 4, 2021 from 7:30am to 7:00pm at Keep McAllen Beautiful's office located at 4101 N. Bentsen Road, McAllen TX, 78504. We will send you a reminder through Active.

Participate without Running, Biking or Walking…..contribute to the ADC TREE Fund.  Donate here!



Check out our 2021 Sponsors below! Want to become a SPONSOR?   

Click here - 2021 Sponsor Opportunities



I've never run a 5K before... is it hard?

Well, that depends on how much you push yourself.

We'll be honest, a 5K is 3.1 miles, so it's some distance.  But you can definitely do it, even if you haven't trained a whole lot beforehand.

If you are a healthy, active person, there is no reason you would be unable to finish a 5K.  Now we're not going to guarantee you 1st place, but if you want to try it out, there is nothing that should stop you.

Our vote: just go for it!

Even if you walk across the finish line, you'll have finished a 5K.  And that's pretty cool.

What exactly are the different races I can register for?

We've got 5 cool options for you.

  •  A 10K footrace. 
  • A 5K footrace.  

If you prefer to be active, but not to race, we've got:

  •  A 25 mile and 100K bike tour (untimed, go at your own pace) 

How Do I Register For the Event?

Online Registration Here 

Download the Paper Registration Form and drop it off at the KMB office - 4101 N. Bentsen Road


Where (and what) is packet pick-up?

Packet pick up FOR ALL PARTICIPANTS occurs Thursday, March 4th at the Keep McAllen Beautiful office (4101 N Bentsen Rd., McAllen 78504). 

Packet pick up is how you get your race bib/number (if you are participating in a timed event), a personal map of the route, and a T-Shirt if you are participating in the 5K or 10K, OR Bike Tour - you must register by Sunday, February 14th to be guaranteed a t-shirt.  

Don't miss packet pick-up!

Where exactly is this thing going to take place anyway?

That's another good question.

Pretty important to know where something is if you want to participate right?

The Arbor Day Celebration will be completely virtual this year, so you can start your race anytime you want.  When you pick up your registration packet, it will include a map of the routes in McAllen trails that you can complete your race on at your own pace.

So... What IS the Arbor Day Celebration?

That's a great question.

Let us answer it for you.

The Arbor Day Challenge is the brainchild of Mark Kroeze (our previous City of McAllen Forester) and Salvador Alemany (our previous Texas Forest Service Forester).   The first Arbor Day “Challenge” took place in 2012, these two helped the City of McAllen put on an Arbor Day Bike Tour (check out the video here!), and have since come back every year to make it an even bigger and better event.

The second year, the two foresters said, "Hey, what if we made this thing a race?  What if we gave people a chance to celebrate Arbor Day with a Criterium so that cyclists could race each other?

The third year, the two foresters and KMB said why not a 25-mile bike tour, a 5K run, or a 10K run and a bike criterium?  And what if we added something for families too?"

Thus began the Arbor Day Celebration.  Currently, the event features a timed 5K, a timed 10K.  The event also features a 25 mile and 100K bike tour (no timer, no pressure). This year wanting to ensure everyone's safety we decided to make the event virtual which means you can complete all the events at your own pace.

You see, Mark and Salvador love trees, and so does our city, and since Arbor Day is really about celebrating and protecting the trees that make this earth the beautiful blue and green globe that it is, we wanted to do our part to make our community and our world a better, brighter, and healthier place.  For that reason, we will also give away trees every year, as well as have the planting of trees in one of our city parks.

So, we want to invite you to be a part of an event that will plant new trees in a public space, give you a city that is greener, cooler, and easier on the eyes, and give you a chance to get out and get active with your community!

So whether you bike, run, plant, or just come watch, we hope to see you at the Arbor Day Celebration 2021!