LISLE, IL (July 25, 2013) – The Fall Color Festival at The Morton Arboretum will get a running start as this year’s 10th annual Fall Color 5K Run & Walk and Kid’s Dash takes place on Sunday, October 6.
Running through the Arboretum’s tree collections and wooded areas, Fall Color 5K participants will be treated to a close-up view of the Arboretum’s stunning fall foliage, including bright red sumacs, wine-colored creepers climbing on trees plus brilliantly yellow walnuts, buckeyes, redbuds, ginkgos and more.
The 5K Run & Walk follows a challenging USATF-certified course along the Arboretum’s East Side Main Route through rolling terrain. Runners are tracked using the ChronoTrack B-Tag timing system, and each runner will receive a technical t-shirt and recovery food and water. Awards will be given out in age and gender categories. The race starts at 8 a.m.
The Kid’s Dash is designed for ages 2-10 and begins at 9 a.m. Each child participating will receive a cotton t-shirt and participation ribbon. Kids can participate in one of three categories: 2 to 4 year olds will race for 50 yards, 5 and 6 year olds will run a quarter mile and 7 to 10 year olds will complete a half mile.
“The Fall Color 5K and Kid’s Dash is a great opportunity for families as well as serious runners to come out and experience the beauty of the season,” says Jenelle Hardtke, special events manager.
The 5K Run & Walk fees are $25 for members, $30 for nonmembers or $35 on race day. The Kid’s Dash costs $10 for members, $12 for nonmembers or $15 on race day. Registration includes free admission to the Arboretum, and participants are encouraged to explore the 1,700 acres including the Children’s Garden and Maze Garden following the race. Register at mortonarb.org/fallcolor5k or in the Visitor Center.
About The Morton Arboretum
The Morton Arboretum is an internationally recognized outdoor tree museum on 1,700 acres. Plant collections, scientific research and education programs support the mission to plant and conserve trees and other plants for a greener, healthier and more beautiful world. Designed with natural landscapes, the grounds include the award-winning, four-acre interactive Children’s Garden, the one-acre Maze Garden, plus specialty gardens, 16 miles of trails and nine miles of roads. Visitor experiences include the open-air tram ride, guided walks, Arbor Day celebrations, concerts, art shows, Fall Color Festival, and special exhibits. The Arboretum welcomes more than 800,000 visitors annually and serves more than 35,600 members. Located 25 miles west of Chicago in Lisle, Illinois, the Arboretum is open daily 7 a.m. until sunset. Learn more at mortonarb.org.