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Fall Color 5K Run & Walk

Enjoy running at The Morton Arboretum
Join us on Sunday, October 5, as we celebrate Fall Color Fest at the Arboretum with the eleventh annual Fall Color 5K Run & Walk.

Our challenging   USATF-certified course follows the East Side Main Route through rolling terrain.


Proceeds from this run help support The Morton Arboretum's mission of planting and conserving trees and other plants for a greener, healthier, and more beautiful world.


NEW! Virtual Runner/Walker: Not available to run or walk in the event but still want to help?  Even if you can’t join us for the eleventh annual Fall Color 5K Run & Walk you can still support The Morton Arboretum’s mission.  As a virtual runner, you will receive our 2014 race-day shirt for your donation.

Register Now!


Event Highlights include:

  • ChronoTrack B-Tag timing system
  • Technical t-shirt
  • FREE admission to explore our 1700-acres, including the award winning Children's Garden
  • Recovery food
  • Awards for top overall male and female winners in each age division


Kids Dash:

Designed for youngsters ages 2 to 10 years, the Kids Dash takes place on a loop course in the heart of the festivities. The race will be staged in the following heats:

  • 2-4 years - 50 yards
  • 5-6 years - 1/4 mile
  • 7-10 years - 1/2 mile

All participants will receive a t-shirt and a finisher's ribbon.

Registration for the Kids Dash is limited to 325 children.


Race Day Schedule:

6:30 am Race day registration and packet pickup begins
8:00 am 5K Run/Walk
9:00 am Kids Dash
9:30 am 5K Awards


Race results will be posted at mychicagoathlete.com by 2:00 p.m. on race day.


Pre-registration Fees:

5K Run/Walk Morton Arboretum member $25.00

5K Run/Walk nonmember $30.00

5K Run/Walk Special NEW member Offer. Includes member registration price + 1 year Morton I membership (No refunds) $75.00

New! Virtual Runner/Walker: Not available to participate or don't want to get up early but still want to help the Arboretum? Even if you can’t join us for the eleventh  Annual Fall Color 5K Run & Walk you can still support The Morton Arboretum’s mission. Become a virtual runner/walker, and we'll mail you a shirt! $25.00

Kids Dash (ages 10 & under) Morton Arboretum member $10.00

Kids Dash (ages 10 & under) nonmember $12.00




Race Day Registration Fees:

5K Run/Walk  $35.00

Kids Dash (ages 10 & under) $15.00


IN PERSON: Stop by Visitor Center during open hours (Application must be received by by noon on October 1)

ONLINE: Registration closes at 6 p.m. on October 2  REGISTER NOW

MAIL:  Application must be postmarked by September 26

FAX: Application to 630-719-7956 by noon on October 1

Download  the  5K Application



The Morton Arboretum thanks the following 2014 Fall Color 5K Run/Walk Sponsors:


2014 Fall Color 5K Run & Walk