Points count towards our Year-Long 5k & Back of the Pack Series. Points will also count towards our Fall Series. Find more info about the series here.
Join us at the 20th Anniversary Butterfly 5K Run & Walk benefiting Blue Ridge Hospice! Bring your family and invite your friends for a fun fall themed morning with fun activities including a mini farmers market, a thrift shop pop-up shop, and fall themed crafts for kids.
Run to honor your hero – whether that’s a loved one you’ve lost, a healthcare worker, a veteran, or someone you admire for any other reason. At the run, there will be opportunities to commemorate your heroes in meaningful ways.
While you are running or walking, your family and friends will have plenty of fun fall themed activities to enjoy while they wait to cheer your on at the finish line. We’re offering an outdoor yoga class (and another one for runners post-run!), a mini farmers market with delicious and fun goodies and treats, a thrift store pop-up shop, and kids’ activities including pumpkin crafts and face painting.
Blandy Experimental Farm is a 700-acre research field station for the University of Virginia, and home to the State Arboretum of Virginia. The RRCA Certified 5K trail winds through Blandy’s beautiful scenic grounds, showcasing Virginia native trees, shrubs, and wildflowers.
Runners and walkers (5K) receive
Technical (Drifit) Event Shirt, a Chip-Timed Event, RRCA Certified 5K, Category Winner Medals and Prizes, a Post-Run Outdoor Yoga Class, free food pre- and post-run!
The proceeds from the Butterfly 5K event will benefit your local not-for-profit hospice provider since 1981, Blue Ridge Hospice. We provide the highest quality and compassionate end-of-life care on a physical, emotional, and spiritual level, to anyone in our service area facing serious illness. The final stages of a person’s life should be lived with the greatest degree of comfort and dignity. You can help provide that to patients and families in your community by supporting Blue Ridge Hospice.
Learn more about Blue Ridge Hospice at https://brhospice.org/
Race Start Times
5K – 9:00am – we ask serious runners to line up in the front at the starting line and people who are running or walking for fun to line up in the back.
5K – $30
***Price will increase on race morning by $10
T-shirts are guaranteed to runners registered before September 30th. We will order extra t-shirts for those who register after that date, but sizes are available on a first-come first-served basis.
At the event, one hour before the race starts.
Race Day Registration
There will be race day registration for $40. Participants will need to arrive around 45 minutes before the race to get registered for the event. T-shirts sizes cannot be guaranteed for race day registers.
Directions to Parking
The Arboretum is on Route 50 in the northern Shenandoah Valley, about 10 miles east of Winchester and 60 miles west of Washington, D.C. When you enter the grounds, keep driving until you see the parking signs on your left.