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Fall Color 5K Run & Walk

Join us on Sunday, October 4, 2015 as we celebrate Fall Color Fest at the Arboretum with the 12th annual Fall Color 5K Run & Walk.

Experience our challenging newly recertified USATF course that follows the East Side Main Route through rolling terrain. The new start and finish line will lead you right to the post-race party near the Visitor Center.

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.

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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
  • NEW Post-race party with live music
  • NEW Complimentary post-race beer


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

Registration for the Kids Dash is limited to 325 children.

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October 4, 2015

Visitor Center Area and Main Route East Side Roads

Race Day Schedule:

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


$30 Member ($35 nonmember)
$25 Virtual Runner
Can't join us this year but still want to support The Morton Arboretum? Become a virtual runner and we will mail you a shirt.

Kid's Dash
$10 Member ($15 nonmember)

Register Early! Prices increase race day.
$40 5K Race-Day Registration
$20 Kid's Dash Race-Day Registration

Not a Member? Consider our 5K Runners Special NEW Member Offer (includes member registration price + 1-year Morton I membership) all for $80!

CALL: 630-725-2066 Monday through Friday from 10:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.

IN PERSON: Stop by Visitor Center during open hours.
FAX: Please send signed application to 630-719-7949. 

Download the race application.   2015 Fall Color 5K Run & Walk Application

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Race Packet Pickup Information

You may pick up your race packet at Dick Pond Athletics, 2775 Maple Avenue, Lisle, IL 60532 on the following dates:

Saturday, September 26 from 10:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.
Friday, October 2 from 4:00 p.m. - 8:00 p.m.
Saturday, October 3 from 10:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.

You may also pick up your packet on race morning at the Pre-Registration tent at the Arboretum. 


Race Results

Race results will posted on site and also immediately following the race at Chronotrack Live. 


The Morton Arboretum thanks our 2015 Fall Color 5K Run & Walk sponsors

Fall Color 5k Run 2015 sponsors