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Fall colors should be filling the trees on Oct. 27 when runners gather at the South Carolina Botanical Garden for a 3.1-mile run that promotes healthy competition while raising money for a Clemson University student group. Join us!


When: Saturday, Oct. 27 (please be in place at 8:45 a.m. for the 9 a.m. start) 

This event will be happening rain or shine.


Where: South Carolina Botanical Garden, Clemson, South Carolina 


Who can participate: Everyone! Runners and walkers from all backgrounds and majors!


*Packet pickup: Oct. 25 and 26 in Riggs Hall 100a, going from 10 a.m. - 2 p.m. Packets can also be picked up at the Botanical Garden on race day.

Department Teams: If you are a member of CECAS or the College of Science and would like more information on how to race as part of your department's team, email with your name and major after you have registered. 

*Online registration: Closes at 11:59 p.m. Oct. 23rd, but you can still register in person on race day or during packet pickup in Riggs Hall, 100 A, at the following times:

Thursday from 10:00 a.m. - 2 p.m.

Friday from 10:00 a.m. - 2 p.m.

Please note that T-shirt sizes cannot be guaranteed if you register in person.

Race day parking: Access the start of the race by entering the Botanical Garden at Garden Trail off Perimeter Road. Please park in the lot next to the Campbell Geology Museum.

PROMO CODE : Students, faculty and staff can get an additional $5 off of the registration price by entering the promo code CLEMSON20

Registration fees

5K Registration

    1. $25.00
      Jun 28 - Oct 12
    2. $30.00
      Oct 13 - Oct 23

Course Info

Race Route


Race Route Instructions

START: The cul de sac off of Garden Trail

Run out to the Garden Trail Road and turn right

Go to the Botanical Garden Entrance and U-Turn

Go down the hill and stay right at the first fork

Go straight down hill and into woods

Lap 1: Veer right at the second fork

Lap 1: Continue straight passing “P” sign on your left

Lap 1: Continue right past cut through area

Lap 1: U turn left at loop end

Lap 1: Continue straight until you reach the second fork

Lap 1: U turn left to begin lap 2

*Lap 2 begins*

Lap 2: Continue straight passing “P” sign on your left

Lap 2: Continue right past cut through area

Lap 2: Continue right at loop end

Lap 2: Turn left at stop sign intersection

Lap 2: Right turn into Hanover house loop

Lap 2: After completing loop at Hanover house, continue left

Lap 2: Follow road straight back to beginning of race, always keeping right

FINISH: Come out of woods and turn left into the Bob Campbell Geology Museum Parking Lot. Run through the Finish Line.

Parking Info

The race begins at 9 am so please plan to arrive early to check in and find parking.

Parking is available for the race in the lot next to the Campbell Geology Museum. 

Volunteers will direct overflow traffic across the street to Clemson's R4 Parking Lot.

Race Timing Provided By:

Event Schedule

  • October 27 9:00 AM EDT - Start Time

Contact Information

Event Location

Botanical Gardens, Clemson University, Clemson, SC, United States

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