The Amherst Committee for A Better Chance held its 45th Annual Fall Foliage Event on October 15, 2016, including the 3-mile Family Style Walk, and the 5k Competitive Run. An Amherst tradition, the event has annually brought together hundreds of residents and school children to admire the diverse colors of the foliage while they walk or run for diversity in the community.
The Fall Foliage Event is Amherst ABC’s biggest fundraiser, providing living and school expenses for the ABC scholars: young men of color identified by the national ABC program for their leadership potential. They board at the ABC House on North Prospect Street under the tutelage of Resident Director Talib Sadiq while they attend Amherst Regional High School. Operating costs for the program total the equivalent of a middle class family income, about $100,000.
Schedule of Events on October 15, 2016
- 8:30 am: Registration for 5K run begins
- 9:00 am: Registration for 3 mile walk begins
- 10:30am: 5K run begins
- 11:30am–2pm: Entertainment, food, and other activities
3-Mile Walk/5K Run Route
The Fall Foliage Walk and 5k Competitive Run will start on the Amherst Town Common. Walkers and runners will leave the Town Common, cross Route 9, and head to Amherst College. The route partly circles the Amherst College campus and loops around the College tennis courts. It will then enter the College woodlands of the Amherst College bird santuary, highlighted by a beautiful view over the Pelham Hills. Finally, it will follow the Norwottuck Rail Trail back to the College campus. The finish for the walkers will be on the Town Common. The finish line for the 5K Run will be in front of Converse Hall, near the intersection of Route 9 and Pleasant Street on the Amherst College campus. Runners and walkers alike are then invited to enjoy entertainment, a barbeque, and kids’ activities.