Phantom 5K is ON!


Dash is cancelled to keep you safe during the COVID-19 virus. 

BUT, we are offering a Phantom 5K to get you outside from April 18-May 18 with safe social distancing. 

In response to those who would still like to run, walk, or just get out and get some exercise, we are offering a non-competitive Phantom 5K.  Set a goal and go for it! Please remember to honor social distancing and small groups if you walk or run together – less than 10 people at a 6- foot distance.

REGISTRATION is free, but we encourage you to make a donation (near the end of registration form) to help us with our important nature-protecting mission and education. Anyone who completes a 5K from April 18 – May 18 on the honor system – just like golf, can participate.  More than ever, your support is needed now.

Your 5K can be done ANYWHERE during this time frame – a track, your neighborhood, a trail system, etc…

Those who complete the Phantom 5K will receive a unique Phantom gift, special recognition at next year’s race, and be mentioned in our newsletter for supporting us at this challenging time. Just send us your time once you’re done. It’s that easy!

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Once you complete your 5K, you can submit your result here:

Help support our beautiful habitat and children’s nature-based education programs! We need to keep nature healthy in order for us to stay healthy! 

Phantom Participants need not review information below, but please recognize our amazing sponsors who are staying with us during this difficult time. Please scroll to the bottom.


REGULAR DASH COURSE:This course is a beautiful 5k trail run/walk that begins in the parking lot behind Aurora Medical Center, which leads to a section of the Ice Age Trail. Traverse through forested ridges and swales and cross small bridges through a secluded meadow. The last 3/4 of a mile runs along Columbus Street and ends at our Nature Center.

This is a friendly race event at a bit of a slower pace due to the roots, surprise “trail trolls,” and natural terrain. Give it a go, then sprint for time when you hit the street!

Now thru March 28 – $25 per adult and $10 per child – guaranteed T-shirts
March 29th – Apr. 16 – $35 per adult and $10 per child – guaranteed T-shirts
Apr. 17 & Race Day: $40 per adult, $10 per child – T-shirt if available

Pre-Race bib & T-shirt pick up:
Friday, 17th, 4-6:00 p.m. Aurora Clinic Atrium, 5000 Memorial Drive
Race Day Registration:
8:45-9:45 a.m. at Aurora Clinic Atrium, 5000 Memorial Drive

Youth participants 12 and under will automatically receive a discount and register for the price of $10.

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Finish Line Celebration! Refreshments and drinks will be provided to all participants after the race with an award ceremony to follow. All children 12 and under will receive a wooden medallion for participation.

Sweet! A Bus Shuttle! We will shuttle Dashers back to Aurora Clinic between 11:15 a.m.-12:15 p.m.

Great idea! Bring dry shoes for the ride home. Spring runs can be wet!

Dogs are not allowed on this course.
Strollers are not recommended.





Thank you to our Sponsors:








 Lakeside Foods, Starfish Graphics