Bud Break 5K and Kids 1K

3 women cheering running through the finish line
Photo by Jason Boudreau-Landis

Welcome spring with the 26th Annual Bud Break on Sunday, May 5! 

Take a gorgeous 5K run/walk through the Arboretum gardens during the peak of spring blooms. The certified 5K course starts and ends at the Farm at the Arb. The Kid’s 1K loops around the event lawns near the historic Red Barn, allowing for a great area to cheer on the little racers.

Following the run/walk, racers are encouraged to explore the rest of the Arboretum and enjoy the 40,000+ spring blooms.


Special Ticketed Event: Includes event access, race T-shirt and general daily admission to the Arboretum.

  • Arb Members: $35 non-timed/$40 timed
  • Non-members: $50 non-timed/$55 timed
  • Virtual: $30 pick up shirt at Arb/$40 mailed
  • Kids 1K: $15
  • Day of race pricing is $50 for members, $65 for non-members

Bud Break Tickets

Schedule & Locations

  • 7:30 a.m. Check-in for the event will take place at the Farm at the Arboretum. Please arrive via the gate off 82nd Street and not via Three-Mile Drive. Three-Mile Drive will be closed for the duration of the event. 
  • 8:30 a.m. 5K Timed Race: Certified course will start near the Crop Demonstration fields. Look for the Lakes Running Co.’s large blue blow-up finish line and the start is fairly close. See the map for the exact route
  • 8:35 a.m. 5K Non-Timed Race - Option to run/walk the certified course or Three-Mile Walk for a less hilly option. Start near the Red Barn. 
  • 10 a.m. Kids 1K Fun Run will be at the event lawn near the Myers Education Center and Red Barn. 
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2024 Bud Break T-Shirt

Bud Break FAQ

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Where should I go when I get to the Arboretum?

All runners and walkers should use the 82nd Street entrance to the Farm at the Arb. Three-Mile Drive will be closed to cars from 7:30 a.m. until 11:00 a.m. for the timed races.

When can I pick up my T-Shirt?

T-shirt pick-up will be available all day starting at 7 a.m. Participants should arrive at the Farm at the time you signed up for and we will have your t-shirt at the check-in table. 

Are members able to register other participants?

Yes, Arboretum members can register other participants up to their membership level capacity. Example: a Duo Member can register themselves and one additional participant. A Duo+2 Member can register themselves and three additional participants.

How should I track my run?

For an outdoor run, you will need a tracking device to help you measure the 3.1 miles for the Bud Break or 1k for the kid's fun run. Any smartwatch, GPS device or phone app that tracks mileage is acceptable.

How long is a 5K?

It's 3.1 miles - the "k" stands for a kilometer. A kilometer is 0.62 of a mile, which makes a 5k race 3.1 miles long or 16,368 feet long or 5,000 meters long.

How long is a 1K for the kid's race?

Just .62 miles or 2.5 laps on a standard track.

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