The Amherst Committee for A Better Chance will hold 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. Operating costs for the program total the equivalent of a middle class family income, about $100,000.
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 (click link above to learn about fee waiver)
- Fastest male/female runner in each decade
- The team that raises the most money (see RunReg page for team details)
- 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.