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Keep McAllen Beautiful Announces Arbor Day Celebration

by Office of Communications | Sep 27, 2023

Keep McAllen Beautiful (KMB) is hosting its 12th annual Arbor Day Celebration with a new date – Saturday, November 4, 2023 – and a new location – Westside Park, 1000 S. Ware Rd. This fundraising event will support Keep McAllen Beautiful’s mission to help increase awareness of the importance of planting and caring for trees in McAllen.

The Arbor Day Celebration is a run, bike, and walk event that benefits everyone interested in personal health and the environment. All events are open from amateur to professional levels, with an option for everyone. The day will begin with a 25-mile 100 kilometer Bike Ride; a 5K and 10K Run; a Kids’ 2K Run; and an ongoing Tree Workshop. The new location will feature exciting new experiences for participants.

The 25-mile bike ride will be a scenic journey past several City of McAllen parks into the turn-around point, at Tres Lagos Park on Ware Road.  The 100K cyclists will continue through some of the Rio Grande Valley's most beautiful and tranquil agricultural areas, including past the historic Moore Air Base, then on to McCook, Texas, just north of Edinburg.

For the 5K and 10K runs, the new location will be a dual terrain run, where runners will have the opportunity to run on the street and then experience a trail run surrounded by wonderful natural beauty coursing through the McAllen Nature Center for a truly unique experience.  The Kids’ 2K run will take place around the park’s baseball field. 

The Arbor Day Celebration will feature music, educational booths, and much more. Additionally, free trees will be available for the public. Last year, KMB distributed over 1,000 trees.  Whether participants cycle, run, or just want to enjoy a day in the park, the Arbor Day Celebration is a great event for the entire family. Plus, attendees will  have the opportunity to take home a tree!   

Save the date and be sure to come out and support making McAllen more beautiful while having a wonderful time.  Registration is now open for the bike rides and runs and, sponsorship and volunteer opportunities are available as well. 

Visit the Keep McAllen Beautiful website at for more information or call (956) 681-4562.

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