Fall Color 5K Run & Walk


  • Runners participating in the Fall Color 5k Run & Walk
  • Runners with strollers participating in the Fall Color 5k Run & Walk
  • Children participating in the Kids Dash
  • Runners on a paved pathway.

Schedule and Location

Sunday, September 30, 2018
Visitor Center, East-side roads
8:00 a.m. 5K starting time
9:30 a.m. Kids Dash starting time

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Why will you run? For our rolling terrain course? To enjoy the crisp autumn air surrounded by a canopy of beautiful trees? Or to satisfy your inner champion? Whatever your reason, you'll make a difference when you race through the trees at our 15th annual Fall Color Run & Walk. Your participation supports the Arboretum's work to protect and plant trees—because every tree needs a champion, and you look like a champion to us!

New this year! Be a Champion Fundraiser
Take your championship spirit to the next level by signing up to raise funds for the Arboretum. Win swag, entrance to the VIP tent at the post-race party, and more! SIGN UP TO FUNDRAISE! 

Event Highlights include:

  • Technical t-shirt
  • Post-race party with live music
  • Complimentary post-race beer. We're proud to share that we'll be pouring the Arboretum's own beer—Arbor Oak Amber Ale made from oak chips from our own trees!
  • ChronoTrack B-Tag timing system
  • Awards for top overall male and female winners in each age division
  • Free admission to explore our 1700-acres, including the award winning Children's Garden

*Jogging strollers are permitted. Participants with strollers MUST start in the back section of the starting line. This is very important for the safety of all our runners. All participants must cross the start line no later than 8:12 am.


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 begin at 9:30 am and 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 an event t-shirt and a finisher's ribbon.

Registration for the Kids Dash is limited to 400 kids. Register early before it sells out!

Registration Information

Early Bird Registration
Tuesday, May 15 - Saturday, August 19
$35 Member/$40 nonmember

Standard Registration
Sunday, August 19 - Saturday, September 22
$40 member/$45 nonmember

Race Week Registration
Sunday, September 23 - Saturday, September29
$45 member/$50 nonmember

Race Day Registration
September 30
$50 member/$55 nonmember

Virtual Runner
$25 (Don't want to get up early but still want to support The Morton Arboretum? Become a virtual runner, and we will mail you a shirt.)



Packet Pick-up Information

Pre-register and pick up your bib number, T-shirt, course map, and other race information at:
Dick Pond Athletics 2775 Maple Avenue, Lisle, IL
Phone: 630-357-6884

Packet pick-up is available as follows:
Thursday, September 27: 11:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m.
Friday, September 28: 11:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m.
Saturday, September 29: 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.

Other packet pick-up options are available for an additional fee.

Packet Mailing - $10
Your race packet, including race bib, t-shirt and other materials, will be mailed to you before the race week. Final day to select this option is Sunday, September 16.

Race-Day Packet Pick-up - $10
Pick-up your Race Packet at The Morton Arboretum on race-day.


Pre-Registration Deadlines

Mail or email registration must be received by Monday, September 24.
Pre-registration at The Morton Arboretum will close at 6 p.m. on Wednesday, September 25.
Online registration will close at 4:00 p.m. on Friday, September 28.
You can register at any packet pick-up time but t-shirt availability will be limited.


Race-Day Registration

Register from 6:30 to 7:45 a.m. on Sunday, September 30, at The Morton Arboretum’s Registration Tent near the Visitor Center. Please arrive early to ensure proper registration.


Contact races@mortonarb.org with questions about registering, fundraising, etc. 


The Morton Arboretum thanks the following Fall Color 5k Run & Walk sponsors 

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