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Fall Color 5K Run & Walk

Runners participating in the 5k run
October 2, 2016

Visitor Center Area and Main Route East Side Roads

Race Day Schedule:

8:00 a.m. 5K Run/Walk
9:30 a.m. Kids Dash

Join us on Sunday, October 2, 2016 as we celebrate Fall Color Festival at the Arboretum with the 13th annual Fall Color 5K Run & Walk.

Experience our challenging certified USATF course that follows the East Side Main Route through rolling terrain. The 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.


Event Highlights include:

  • ChronoTrack B-Tag timing system
  • Technical t-shirt  (click to view example of 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
  • Post-race party with live music by SODA
  • Complimentary post-race beer

*Jogging strollers are permitable. Participants with strollers will be asked to start in the back section of the starting line

Register Now!


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.

Register Now!


2016 Registration Fees:
$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.

Kids Dash
$10 Member ($15 nonmember)

Register Early! Prices increase race day.
$40 5K Race-Day Registration
$20 Kids 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  PDF icon 2016 Fall Color 5K Run and Walk Application (PDF)

Download the Map and Information Sheet  PDF icon 2016 Course Map and Information Sheet (PDF)

Download the Spectator Map PDF icon2016 5K Spectator Map (PDF)


Race Packet Pickup Information

Pre-register and pick up your runner or walker bib number, B-tag™ timing strip, technical T-shirt, course map, and other race information at:
Dick Pond Athletics 2775 Maple Avenue, Lisle, IL
Phone: 630-357-6884

Packets will not be mailed to participants. Packet pick-up, including for the Kids Dash, is available as follows:
Friday, September 23: 4:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m.
Saturday, September 24: 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.
Thursday, September 29: 4:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m.
Friday, September 30: 4:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m.
Saturday, October 1: 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.


Race-Day Registration

Register from 6:30 to 7:45 a.m. (8:00 to 8:45 a.m. for Kids Dash) on Sunday, October 2, at the Arboretum’s Registration Area near the Arboretum Visitor Center. Please arrive early
to ensure proper registration.

Race Results

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


The Morton Arboretum thanks our 2016 Fall Color 5K Run & Walk sponsors

Sponsors of the 2016 Fall Color 5k Run & Walk
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