Thanks to all of you who participated in the 2017 ABC Fall Foliage Walk/Run – the best turnout in several years! Over 200 participants strong! Plus many more enjoying the entertainment, food and friendship on the Amherst Common!

Here’s one of our favorite photos: he 2017-2018 ABC Scholars with Resident Director Sid Ferreira and Assistant Resident Director Tyson Rose.

The Amherst Committee for A Better Chance held its 46th Annual Fall Foliage Walk/Run on October 14, 2017, featuring a Family Style Walk and a Competitive Run. An Amherst tradition, the Fall Foliage Walk/Run has annually brought together hundreds of runners, walkers, leaf peepers and 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 while they attend Amherst Regional High School. The annual operating costs for the program total about $125,000.

Fall Foliage Walk/Run Schedule of Events

  • 9 am: “Day of” registration for 5K walk/run begins
  • 10:30am: 5K run begins, walkers follow shortly after
  • 11:00am–2pm: Entertainment, food, and other activities


  • Walker/Runner: $25 pre-registration
  • Kids: $10
  • Family/groups: $50


  • The team that raises the most money
  • The fastest team

5K Walk/Run Route

The Fall Foliage 5K Walk/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. Runners and walkers will end near the Town Common. Runners and walkers alike are then invited to enjoy entertainment  and family activities.