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Bud Break 2016

2016 Top Finishers:


Brooks Grossinger, Mayer, MN  17:07

Declan Curley, Chanhassen, MN  19:30

Butch Humbert, Mound, MN  20:23



Lisa Waskey, Chanhassen, MN  22:13

Wendy Composto, Eden Prairie, MN  23:26

Louise Peterson, Belle Plain, MN 23:30


Ages 13-15:


Riley Ashburn, Renville, MN  20:26

Joseph Roiger, Buffalo Lake, MN  22:41

B Keyser, Sioux Falls, SD 30:48


Grace Fretchette, Lakeville, MN  30:11

Brenna Heelan, Carver, MN  31:12


Ages 16-19:


Jeff Peck, Chanhassen, MN 23:26

Gordon Burns, Wayzata, MN  49:23


Sarah Weisbecker, Waconia, MN  24:25

Hannah Thurman, Waconia, MN  27:21

Breanna Carder, Bloomington, MN 28:01


Ages 20-29:


Chad Shoemaker, Edina, MN  24:24

Bill Dumke, Apple Valley, MN  26:50

Guttu Maskalo, St. Paul, MN  27:45


Kelly Olson, Bloomington, MN  24:17

Karina Roe, Minneapolis, MN  25:17

Dannica Dufur, Apple Valley, MN  28:01


Ages 30-39:


Brooks Grossinger, Mayer, MN  17:07

Bryan Coyle, Minneapolis, MN  21:40

Nick Schiebel, Minneapolis, MN  23:12


LIsa Waskey, Chanhassen, MN  22:13

Louise Peterson, Belle Plain, MN  23:30

Alison Burstein, Lakeville, MN  26:20


Ages 40-49:


Declan Curley, Chanhassen, MN  19:30

Randy Bunker, St. Paul, MN  21:29

Tamas Szinyei, Columbia Heights, MN  23:01


Wendy Composto, Eden Prairie, MN  23:26

Betsy Barrett, Excelsior, MN  24:26

Sara Anderson, Golden Valley, MN  26:05


Ages 50-59:


Butch Humbert, Mound, MN 20:23

Kirt Goetzke, Plymouth, MN  20:48

Paul Barnard, Tonka Bay, MN  22:04


Marise Widmar, St. Paul, MN  23:41

Margo Hunt, Minnetonka, MN  27:25

Mercedes Scott, Excelsior, MN  27:38


Ages 60-69:


Rob Weber, Waconia, MN  24:35

Tom Rice, Maple Grove, MN  31:52

Daniel Fiskum, Rockford, MN  35:18


Joanne Bartel, Eden Prairie, MN 26:36

Karen Shenk, Chaska, MN  29:07

Laura Williamschen, Excelsior, MN  32:41


Ages 70-79:


John Brown, Kenyon, MN  25:15

Leland Leblanc, Dassel, MN  45:37

Dale Brakemeier, Minnetonka, MN  54:56


Mary Jo Nichols, Minneapolis, MN  40:19

Gracia Hegener, Cologne, MN  41:29

Ann Perkins, Deephaven, MN  59:46


Age 80 and above.   


Richard Olson, Burnsville, MN 47:45

Thomas Thiss, Excelsior, MN  52:54


Kaisu Kangas, Chanhassen, MN  46:18


Click here for complete 2016 results.



THE 19th 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 runners. Medals will also be awarded for the top three men and women in the following age brackets:
13-15, 16-19, 20-29, 30-39, 40-49, 50-59, 60-69, 70-79, 80 and above.   
The top male and female will receive a $75 gift card to TC Running Company.
Second-place male and female will receive a $50 gift card to TC Running Company.
Third-place male and female will receive a $25 Arboretum gift card.

THE DAFFODIL DASH RUN/WALK FOR KIDS ages 5-12 is a shortened route from the Visitor Center to the Learning Center and back. Medals will be awarded to all boys and girls in the Daffodil Dash. 

Fee includes general Arboretum admission and specially designed T-shirt. Limit 750. 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.

Three-Mile Drive will be closed to vehicle traffic until 11 a.m. while the Bud Break Run/Walk is being held.

Ridgeview Medical Kowalskis Omega Wellness

Race support provided by
Ridgeview Rehab Specialties
Good Food for Good Health 
breakfast cookies donated by 
Kowalski's Markets
Race support
provided by
Omega Wellness

DJ Kirk

Sam's Club

Entertainment provided by
DJ Kirk
Nutritional support provided by Great Harvest Bread Company

Nutritional support provided by
Sam's Club



Entrants may pre-register on site or by mail (forms available at the front desk), or online through April 27. Pre-registration is strongly suggested as the event usually sells out.

Early Registration through March 31
Bud Break

$25 Arboretum Member
$30 Non-Member
Daffodil Dash
$15 Arboretum Member
$20 Non-Member

Late Registration April 1-27
Bud Break                                                                                            

35 Arboretum Member/Non-Member
Daffodil Dash
25 Arboretum Member/Non-Member

Same-Day Registration Beginning at 8 a.m., Sunday, May 1
$45 Arboretum Member/Non-Member

NEW! Virtual Runner
$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.

NEW! Member Special
$74 Arboretum Non-Member
Not a member? Consider our Bud Break NEW Member offer for $74. Receive early member registration pricing and a 1-year solo membership.

Race day schedule:
8 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 (for kids) begins
10:30 a.m. - Awards Ceremony, Oswald Visitor Center



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