Bud Break 2017

Sunday, May 7, start time 9 a.m.

THE 20th ANNUAL ARBORETUM BUD BREAK 5K RUN/WALK is a certified asphalt course that winds through scenic spring Arboretum landscapes, including challenging hills and rolling prairies. Medals will be awarded to top three runners overall. Results will be posted on Raceberry Jam at https://www.raceberryjam.com/.

Raceberry JaM

Medals will also be awarded for the top three men and women in the following age brackets:

12 & under 13-15 16-19 20-29 30-39
40-49 50-59 60-69 70-79 80 & above

TC RunningBud Break 2017In addition, Twin Cities Running Co. will award gift certificates to the top two male and female runners in the amount of $75 each for 1st place and $50 each for 2nd place.


The Daffodil Dash is a shortened route from the Visitor Center to the Learning Center and back for kids ages 5-12. Medals will be awarded to all boys and girls in the Daffodil Dash. 


Participants can register on the Minnesota Landscape Arboretum's online store. If you do not have an account you will need to create one. Bud Break 5K is limited to 650 participants. Early registration is strongly suggested as the event usually sells out.

Race entry includes:

  • Arboretum admission
  • Race T-shirt*

*Participants who register by April 20th will be guaranteed a t-shirt in their size. For those who register after will still receive a T-shirt it just may not be your size.

Click here for a list of Frequently Asked Questions, or call 952-443-1400 if you don't find your question on the list. No refunds. All proceeds benefit the Arboretum. Photo at righ by Jason Boudreau-Landis.

Pre-registration through April 28, 2017


Arboretum Member


Bud Break 5K



Daffodil Dash 1K



Day of Registration


Arboretum Member


Bud Break 5K



Daffodil Dash 1K




You asked and we listened. We are excited to offer a group rate for running clubs and groups. Group sign-ups must have a minimum of 5 runners.


Arboretum Members & Non-Members

Pre-registration through April 30, 2017

$30 per person

Day of Registration

$35 per person

$25 Arboretum Member/Non-Member
Can't get up early to run but still want to support the Minnesota Landscape Arboretum?

Become a virtual runner and we'll mail you a T-shirt.

7:30 a.m.- Check-in & race-day registration begins, Oswald Visitor Center
9 a.m. - Bud Break 5K Run begins
9:05 a.m. - Bud Break 5K Walk begins
10 a.m. - Daffodil Dash begins
10:15 a.m. - Awards Ceremony and Bud Break Celebration on the Welcoming Terrace

Three-Mile Drive will be closed to vehicle traffic until 11 a.m. while the Bud Break & Daffodil races are being held.

Omega Wellness

Race sponsor
Race support by
Omega Wellness
Race support by

General Mills


DJ Kirk

Larabars sponsor
General Mills
First aid & race support by Ridgeview Rehab 
Music by DJ Kirk


Janet Sinner

Bud Break founder Janet Sinner at the starting line.

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  Bud Break WAIVER/RELEASE FORM - Click on link to read form and indicate that you have read and agree when you register. Indicating that you have read the form during the registration process is in lieu of signature.

Bud Break Map