Trees Indiana’s “Trees Trail Challenge” is a family-friendly RACE/RUN/WALK event at Franke Park which brings people together with nature, trails and trees. Bring the family out to enjoy nature and the peak fall foilage while enjoying some fun and enriching kid’s activities.

Individual runners are invited to test their skills on a chip timed 10- and 4- mile trail course while both runners and walkers alike may choose either a 4 mile or 2 mile course through wooded trails along ridgelines and streams through the beautiful Franke Park woods.

Kid-friendly activities include Trees Indiana’s Fairy House building, using materials collected from the forest floor, learning about trees and nature, and Kid’s Zone, a simulated mountain bike course presented by Northern Indiana Trail Riders (NITRO) and Summit City Bicycles, where kid’s learn about mountain biking in a safe, fun environment.

10 Mile Individual Registration                                                                                                                                                   

The Individual Registration registers one (1) person for the chip-timed 10 mile race. One (1) swag item is included.

4 Mile Individual Registration                                                                                                                                                     

The Individual Registration registers one (1) person for the chip-timed 4 mile race. One (1) swag item is included.

Family Choice Registration - ONLY ONE NEED REGISTER - ONLY ONE SWAG ITEM per family - NOT TIMED

A Family Registration option allows a group of up to four (4) participants to enjoy the 4 or 2 mile course as desired. Only one person is required to register and at least one person 21 years or older must also be present with the group at the race. Up to three additional family members may attend with each family registrant. Only one (1) swag item is included with a Family registration. Additional are available to purchase.

Any participant may choose to race, run, or simply walk the course for this event.

Registration Fees

Individual 10 Miler

10 Mile Race -TIMED - ONE SWAG ITEM

Apr 26 - May 31 $20.00
Jun 1 - Nov 4 Current Price $30.00

Individual 4 Miler

4 Mile Race - TIMED - ONE SWAG ITEM

Apr 26 - May 31 $20.00
Jun 1 - Nov 4 Current Price $30.00

Family Choice 2 or 4 Mi Fun Run

Hike or Run - NOT TIMED - UP TO 4 PPL - ONLY ONE SWAG

Apr 26 - May 31 $25.00
Jun 1 - Nov 4 Current Price $35.00

Who is Trees Indiana?

Trees Indiana was founded in 2006 in response to a need identified by the Indiana Department of Natural Resources (IDNR), Community and Urban Forestry Office for youth education. Over 80 percent of Indiana’s urban forest is in our own back yard. An urban tree canopy is part of a community’s infrastructure and creates valuable environmental, economic, and social benefits. Well-managed urban forests pay back nearly three times the cost to plant and maintain them.

Therefore, it is imperative that we empower youth with knowledge, tools, and appreciation for the challenges and opportunities we face with respect to the environment. To date, Trees Indiana has reached over 6,000 youth with educational opportunities and have planted 1,000 trees. The anchor for Trees Indiana’s programming is the AEP Nature Explore Outdoor Classroom located at Cedar Canyon Elementary School, Fort Wayne. A gift to the community, this nature rich space is open to the public for all to enjoy.

In the past decade, the benefits of connecting to nature have been well documented in numerous scientific research studies and publications. Collectively, this body of research shows that children’s social, psychological, academic and physical health is positively impacted when they have daily contact with nature. To that end, Trees Indiana continues its work promoting more green time and less screen time!

Event Schedule

  • November 5 2:00 PM EST - Trees Indiana Trees Trail Challenge

Contact Information

Event Location

Franke Park, Fort Wayne, IN, United States

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