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Morton Arboretum gearing for 10th annual Fall Color 5K

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By Sarah Clark

The Fall Color Festival at the Morton Arboretum in Lisle will get a running start as this year's 10th annual Fall Color 5K Run & Walk and Kid's Dash takes place Sunday, Oct. 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 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 to 10 and begins at 9 a.m. Each participating child 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 or in the Visitor Center.

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