Bud Break and the Daffodil Dash are going virtual in 2020!


Join us virtually on May 3, 2020

While we will miss the camaraderie of running Three Mile Drive in the peak of spring, we believe community health is more important. We hope to gain virtual camaraderie with this race and encourage all runners to send in photos of spring that they encounter during their race.  

Each participant will complete the virtual run/walk by completing a 3.1-mile distance race, or the 1k Daffodil Dash, in their own neighborhood. Ideally, everyone will run on May 3, but if running on May 1st or 2nd works better for you, then run when it fits in your schedule. Runners and walkers should send in their times to qualify for the 1st, 2nd and 3rd place prizes for top male and female runners. Kids registered for the Daffodil Dash by the same date are guaranteed a Bud Break t-shirt and finisher medal that parents can award at the completion of the race. 

Thank you for your support and understanding of this year's race change.  The Bud Break is an important fundraiser for the Arboretum and all proceeds from the race are used for grounds and garden upkeep. 

Frequently Asked Questions

Frequently Asked Questions

What is a virtual run?
A virtual race is a race that can be run (or walked) from any location you choose. You can run, jog, or walk on a road, trail, treadmill, or on a track. You get to run your own race, at your own pace, and time it yourself.

Where should I run the Virtual Bud Break?
To encourage social distancing we are asking participants to self select a course in your neighborhood or you may use a treadmill if that is more convenient for you

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 Daffodil Dash. 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 16368 feet long or 5000 meters long.

How long is a 1k for the Daffodil Dash race?
Just .62 miles or 2.5 laps on a standard track.

When should I run my race?
Ideally, everyone will run on May 3, but if running on May 1st or 2nd works better for you, then run when it fits in your schedule. Send your race times to comp0002@umn.edu by 11:59pm May 3, 2020.

How will prizes be awarded?
Runners that would like to qualify for one of the prizes awarded to the top three male and female runners should submit photo proof of time and distance to comp0002@umn.edu no later than 11:59pm on May 3.

Will I still get a race t-shirt?
2020 Bud Break t-shirts are sold out. Limited 2019 t-shirts are available in size youth large, adult small and adult medium.



Registration is live! Sign up today for the Bud Break 5k or the kids Daffodil Dash 1k!

Group rate: Discounted registration is offered for running clubs and groups of 10 or more. Groups must register as a team by May 1, 2020. Arb Member & Non-member groups of 10 start at $255.00, additional runners are $25.50 per person.

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