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18th Annual Festival of Leaves 5K

October 15, 2017


Join us at the Festival of Leaves 5K during one of the most spectacular times of the year in Front Royal! Whether this is your hometown or you're dropping in as a leaf peeper, you'll have a great time on this fun 5K course, with the Shenandoah Mountains and the South Fork of the Shenandoah River as the backdrop for stunning fall foliage.

Proceeds from the race go to support the Warren Heritage Society, the founder of the Festival of Leaves 5K and Front Royal/Warren County community's historical society, museum, and archives. It was established as a nonprofit organization in 1971, and the Warren Heritage Society has held the Shenandoah Valley's Festival of Leaves ever since.

Make a weekend of it! Warm up with the 47th Annual Festival of Leaves on Saturday, October 8, enjoying the parade and the historical displays, arts and craft vendors, live entertainment, a children’s area, tours of historic homes, living history interpretations, and food concessions on East Main Street. For more information about the festival, call the Warren Heritage Society office at (540) 636-1446 or visit 

he area has so much to offer, from running a fab race (we also offer a 10K or half marathon), to attending the Festival of Leaves, to hiking or canoeing, to dining at a local eatery, to visiting a winery. Visit Front Royal Tourism for tips on making the most of your visit, or check out our Activities Guide. It's chock full of places to eat and things to do while you're here!

Included with race entry:

  • Scenic running route through historic and beautiful Front Royal

  • Finisher medal

  • BibChip timing and instant online results

  • Commemorative T-shirt

  • Free, (extremely) nearby parking

  • Easy access to start and finish line

  • Post-race slice of pie from The Apple House​!

  • Great prizes and awards for top 3 finishers in each category

Any good leaf peeper would like to keep up with the leaf report, of course. You can do so at


Skyline High School

151 Skyline Vista Drive

Front Royal, VA 22630


The start and finish area will be located in front of the football stadium.


The race will be timed using the MyLaps BibChip system. Start and finish times will be recorded and posted live to the race timing web site and will be available at the finish line through interactive screens at the timing trailer.  Timing chips are disposable, so feel free to keep it as a memento or toss it in the trash. All awards are based off gun time.

The MyLaps tracking timing chip is attached to your race bib. Your bib should be attached to your front and be clearly visible.

Packet Pickup and Race-Day Schedule

Saturday, October 8, 2016: Early packet pickup TBA

Sunday, October 9, 2016, 6:15 am: Packet pickup opens at the start/finish area in the Skyline High School parking lot in front of the football stadium (151 Skyline Vista Drive, Front Royal, VA 22630)

Sunday, October 15, 2017, 7:45 am: 5K starts

Sunday, October 15, 2017, 8:15 am: Post-race pie from The Apple House is sliced and ready for finishers

Sunday, October 15, 2017, 8:30 am: 5K awards

Sunday, October 15, 2017, 8:45 am: Rest and recover :)

Click here for the Festival of Leaves 5K training plan, custom designed by Sarah at Action First Coaching. You'll feel great on race day!

Who Is Racing?

Coming soon


Age group awards will be presented 3 deep in all divisions, for all races, for male and female categories: Under 16, 16-19,20-29,30-39,40-49,50+. Awards are based on gun time.


5K race registration includes a t-shirt, BibChip timing, a finisher medal, and post-race food.

  • $25 - Early Registration  (until 9/25/2017)

  • $30 - Regular Registration (until registration close, 10/14/2017 at noon)

  • $40 - Race-Day Registration

(The registration platform charges a small fee in addition to the entry fee for online registration.)

Packet Pickup



The heart of a great event is its volunteers. If you have a passion for helping out and are interested in volunteering for the Festival of Leaves 5K and Shenandoah Leaf Peeper, we'd love to have you join the fun!  We have options for individuals, groups, and families, and we provide donations to your chosen charity. Looking to complete service hours?  We can help you out with that too. Volunteer signup coming soon.

You were great out there! Click here for results for the Shenandoah Leaf Peeper half-marathon or 10K and Festival of Leaves 5K.


Time for a new profile pic? We're just gonna leaf this Shenandoah Leaf Peeper half and 10K and Festival of Leaves 5K picture gallery link right here... Bushnell Photography's shots are fab and the prices are great. Enjoy!


  • Entry fees are nonrefundable. No exceptions. (But see “Transfers” below.)

  • Once we receive and accept your entry, you will not receive a refund if you cannot participate and you may not transfer your entry fee to future races. (But see “Transfers” below.)

  • You must be at least 12 years old to participate in the half-marathon and 10K.

  • You must be in good health and physically prepared to take on the challenge of a half-marathon.

  • Race numbers are required to participate.

  • No coaches, bikes, in-line skates, skateboards, baby joggers, strollers, or dogs will be allowed on the half-marathon and 10K course.

  • Participants are permitted to wear earbuds or headphones, but for safety reasons, they are not recommended.

Cancellations and Transfers


Entry fees are nonrefundable. Sorry, no exceptions. Entries are transferable to another participant up to 1 week before race day. All transfers must be done through and there is a $5 transfer fee. Once we receive and accept your entry, you will not receive a refund if you cannot participate. You also may not transfer your registration to the following year or another event.



If you would like to transfer your regsitration to a different person, log into your account, where you will have the option to change to transfer your regsitration. There is a $5 transfer fee Transfers can be made up to 1 week before race day.

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