Butterfly 5K Run/Walk

18Jun2022The information below describes last year’s event. Check back for this year’s details!

Join the migration of human butterflies happening on June 17th, 2023!

Put your best butterfly costume on for a scenic 5K Run / Walk along the Umpqua River in Elkton. Let’s be honest– we’re all ready for some outdoor fun!  

Registration is just $20 (Early bird special), and you can start anytime between 9 am – 11 am. Kids are invited to run the 5k this year for free! Run or walk at your own pace, then come back to get lunch, enjoy the ​Blooms & Butterflies Festival and enter the butterfly costume contest. There will be prizes for 1st, 2nd, and 3rd for runners 12 and under, 12-21 or 22 and older awarded during the butterfly costume contest from 11:30 am – 12 pm.

This year’s Butterfly Run is organized by ECEC’s AmeriCorps RARE Member and the Elkton Soccer Club!

Enjoy free kids’ activities, live music, home & garden craft vendors, food, and tours of Butterfly Pavillion and Fort Umpqua throughout the day. Join us for a full day of festivities and help us kick off the season at ECEC!


The course starts at ECEC’s Native Plant Park, follows River Road through town, crosses Elk Creek, and ends back at ECEC. Run or walk along the banks of the Umpqua River while on your route, and show off your best butterfly attire to win a prize! Celebrate the return of the butterflies to our Butterfly Pavilion with friends and family while you’re here.

Click here to check out the Route Map


Online registration here, you can also register on the day of the race in the ECEC Gift Shop. 

  1. Register online (Register day of go-to steps 2 & 3)
  2. Go to the check-in table and confirm your name and age and pick up a race number
  3. Wear you butterfly wings and RUN
  4. Runner awards and costume contest 11:30 to noon (must be present to win)

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