Ashton Gardens

Saturday, October 16th, 2021

Begins at 8:00am

Check back soon for registration info!






The Scarecrow 5k returns for a second year!. The annual Scarecrow Festival is one of the most popular events at the Ashton Gardens. Enjoy a perfect fall run with the whole family while enjoying creative scarecrows made by members of the community. 


Scarecrow 5k

Begins at 8:00 am

All participants receive a Scarecrow 5k race shirt, Scarecrow 5k medal, and the sheer satisfaction of running this amazing 3.1 mile race! The 5K is also a wheels-friendly run so strollers and other running aides are welcome. 


About the Race

The health and safety of our employees, volunteers, and runners are top of mind amid concerns about the spread of COVID-19. We are monitoring expert recommendations, including guidance from the CDC, and advice of the federal, state, and local officials.


Thanksgiving Point staff and volunteers will all be taking extra precautions to ensure the safety of our runners.


Social Distancing

  • Runners will be sent out in waves to keep with social distancing guidelines
  • Signs will be placed throughout the start/finish area and at the starting lines reminding runners to maintain adequate social distancing
  • Masks are be required in the start/finish area.
  • Runners will start in a controlled runner chute by finish times. This will be marked out via signage and ground paint.



  • The food at the finish line will be prepackaged for individual servings
  • Cups at aid station will be spaced out enough to ensure runners only touch their own cup.
  • Hand sanitizer stations will be provided.
  • Medals will be placed on a table individually for the runners to grab.


Stay Home if You're Sick

  • Please be mindful and stay home if you are symptomatic (having fever, cough, or shortness of breath) or have recently traveled to a high- risk country/areas.
  • High-risk individuals should continue to follow stricter protocols and exercise all possible caution. Your safety is important to us.


Your safety is important to us and we encourage you to stay informed and up to date on COVID-19. Please be mindful and stay home if you are symptomatic (having fever, cough, or shortness of breath) or have recently traveled to a high-risk country.


We value our runner’s training and time. We also understand the gravity of this health situation and we thank you for your continued support.

Join us for Packet Pickup

Friday, October 16th, 11 am - 8 pm
Ashton Garden Visitors Center Roundabout 

Please pick up your packet, bib number, shirt, at the packet pickup the day before the race. You may pick up someone else’s packet if you have a copy of their race registration. Packets will NOT be available to pick up the morning of the race. If you are for some reason unable to pick up your packet from the packet pickup, please send us an email at

View the Scarecrow Festival 5k map HERE

The 5K course starts and finishes at the Ashton Gardens. The 5K course runs through the of the Ashton Gardens during our annual Scarecrow Festival.


* Strollers will be allowed on the 5K course.

** Bikes, scooters, skateboards are NOT allowed—participants must run/walk course under their own power (excepting wheelchairs)



Awards Ceremony begins at 9:00am

Prizes will be given to the top three male/female finishers in each of the following divisions: 
Open Division:

  • 1st Place Male / Female: Award + Thanksgiving Point Family Membership
  • 2nd Place Male / Female: Award + Thanksgiving Point Family Membership
  • 3rd Place Male / Female: Award + Thanksgiving Point Family Membership

ALL 5K finishers receive a custom Tulip 5k finisher medal.

Age division awards will be given to the top three Men’s & Women’s finishers in each of the following age divisions:

Age Divisions: 
11 & under, 12-14, 15-19, 20-24, 25-29, 30-34, 35-39, 40-44, 45-49, 50-54, 55-59, 60-64, 65-69, 70+


*Virtual 5k Runners are not eligible for any Division Awards.

Each 5k registrant will receive:

Scarecrow Festival Race T-Shirt
Tulip Festival 2020 Finisher's Medal (at finish line)
Tulip Festival 2020 Bib


(Due to ordering prior to the COVID-19 pandemic, medals and bibs will be Tulip Festival 2020 design).


Amid capacity issues, we are not able to offer an Ashton Gardens voucher for the Scarecrow Festival 5k participants.

We wish to thank our numerous volunteers for their time and efforts in providing the following aid stations. Please be courteous and express your appreciation to this wonderful group of volunteers.

In addition to the finish area, the 5K will have one aid station at the half-way point stocked with water and POWERADE in cups spaced out on a table.

Restrooms will be available at the Aid Station.

Consistent with industry standards, entry fees are non-refundable.

Runners unable to participate after registration fees have been submitted may opt to defer their registration to next year’s Tulip 5k race or they may choose to transfer their registration to another participant via our transfer/deferral program. All transfers and deferrals must be completed in writing by October 16th, 2020. A processing fee of $10 will apply to all transfers completed before October 16th, 2020. Please submit all transfer/deferral requests to by October 16th, 2020, or online through race entry website. A processing fee of $10 will apply to all deferrals.

Bib numbers may not be transferred, given, or sold to another participant after the transfer/change deadline. Consistent with race industry standards, attempting to sell or transfer a race entry/bib to another person/participant, and/or picking up another participant's race entry/bib for their use, or participate in a race using another participant's race entry/bib, will have said race entry/bib cancelled and/or revoked, be disqualified, and be removed from the race without refund, and may not be allowed registration in future races at Thanksgiving Point.

If inaccuracies appear on the bib number, or your bib number appears damaged or lost, please call the Thanksgiving Point race committee at (801) 768-2300 or send an email to


We are very mindful of the number of guests that will be at this event. For this reason, we are discouraging spectators. However, if spectators are coming please have them ride in the same vehicle as you to help with our parking capacity.

Course Questions/Comments/Suggestions:
Austin Brown

Registration Questions/Issues Contact:

Vendor Information:
Austin Brown

Volunteer Information:
Ashley Clouse

Sponsorship Opportunities:

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