August 10, 2015
The Fall Color Festival at The Morton Arboretum is off to a running start as the 12th annual Fall Color 5K Run & Walk and Kid’s Dash takes place Sunday, October 4 with a brand-new post-race party.
The Fall Color 5K Run & Walk will follow The Morton Arboretum’s challenging U.S.A. Track & Field-certified course along the East Side Main Route through a hilly course lined with early signs of breathtaking fall color. Participants are tracked using the ChronoTrack B-Tag timing system, and each runner will receive a technical t-shirt and recovery food and water. Also new this year, those runners 21 and older will also receive a complimentary beer to toast to their finish. Awards will be given out in age and gender categories.
The Kid’s Dash is designed for ages 2 to 10 and 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 5K begins at 8 a.m. and the dash at 9 a.m. Race day registration and packet pickup is at 6:30 a.m. The 5K is $30 for members, $35 for nonmembers or $40 on race day. The fee for children participating in the dash is $10 for members, $15 for nonmembers or $20 on race day. Registration includes 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.
Those who can’t participate but would like to support The Morton Arboretum’s mission to create a greener, healthier, and more beautiful world are welcome to register in the Virtual Runner/Walker category. In exchange for a $25 donation, contributors will receive a race T-shirt.
The Morton Arboretum thanks DuPage Medical Group, the Presenting Sponsor of the Fall Color 5K Run & Walk.
To learn more or to register, go to mortonarb.org/fallcolor5k.