While the city celebrates Fiesta, one new nonprofit group is focused on making sure San Antonio has plenty of trees– and they’re asking for San Antonians to run or walk a 5k to help.

The Bexar Branches Alliance is a new non-profit organization working to expand and preserve the tree canopy of the Greater San Antonio Region.

The course takes you on paved paths and pedestrian roads through beautiful McAllister Park in the heart of San Antonio! Run through the woods and under the tree canopy, then collect your custom handcrafted wood finisher medal and enjoy the post-race fun! Bring the family – there’s a special one-mile distance for the kids!

The event includes a one-of-a-kind, hand-crafted wooden finisher medals made from local reclaimed wood, along with eco-friendly T-shirts and beverages from Alamo Beer Company and Starbucks for all participants.

The Bexar Branches Alliance formed in response to some hard facts: The population in the greater San Antonio area nearly doubled between 2000 and 2020, resulting in rapid development and removing thousands of trees from Bexar County and the Hill Country ecosystem.

By planting native trees, helping low-income families with tree maintenance and educating the community, Bexar Branches has a goal of adding new trees to the area and preserving existing ones.

To raise funds to meet that goal, the group is hosting the Bexar Branches “Run for the Trees” 5k and Kids Mile on April 15 at McAllister Park in San Antonio. Registration is open now at http://www.runintexas.com/branch.

Go to www.RunInTexas.com or email info@RunInTexas.com.