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A Run Through the Woods at the Fall Color 5K

By Todd McClamroch in News on Sep 17, 2007 3:59PM

2007_09_17_morton5k.jpgThe 30th running of the Chicago Marathon is just twenty days away. There are 45,000 runners that are preparing to compete in the 26.2-mile run.

For those of you that did not register for the marathon or forgot to train for it, we recommend a more leisurely run in a beautiful setting. Check out the Morton Arboretum annual Fall Color 5K on September 30. Erin Cave-Rutili, special events coordinator at the Arboretum, describes the course: "From the winding course, to the tree-lined roads, to the sweeping view of the grounds — you can't beat the scenery." According to their website, the Morton Arboretum "is an internationally recognized 1,700 acre outdoor museum with collection of 4,057 kinds of trees, shrubs and other plants from around the world."

The event is outside 25 miles west of Chicago in Lisle, Ill. Though the drive should not take more than 35-45 minutes in the early morning to make it out for the 8 a.m. start.

The event features both a 5K run and 5K walk and is open to just 2,000 participants so pre-registration is recommended and available online.