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Natural Awakenings Dallas -Fort Worth Metroplex Edition


Run for the Children

The Tour des Fleurs (TDF), hosted by the Dallas Arboretum, starts and finishes on the Lakeside Trail of White Rock Lake from 7 a.m. to 1 p.m., September 17. Half- and quarter-marathon participants run along the shores of White Rock Lake, as well as in and among the historic Dallas neighborhoods surrounding the lake. A post-race party is held on the Arboretum's Martin Rutchik Concert Stage & Lawn with live music and full Arboretum access for participants and their families.

The Schedule: 10 a.m., September 14-packet pickup opens; 6 p.m., September 16-packet pickup closes; 7 a.m., September 17-half marathon; 7:40 a.m., September 17-quarter marathon; 10 p.m., September 30-virtual event closes. TDF offers age group awards for the top three males and females in these categories: 14 and under, 15-19, 20-24, 25-29, 30-34, 35-39, 40-44, 45-49, 50-54, 55-59, 60-64, 65-69 and 70+. The overall top three males and females and top three male and female masters for each event receive a special prize.

The Dallas Arboretum Community Program helps local children and families in need. Runners and walkers are invited to come together in an effort to raise much-needed funds to support North Texas children with unique educational opportunities at the Dallas Arboretum.

The Dallas Arboretum opens its 66-acre "classroom" and takes its science programming to more than 100,000 students a year, 65 percent of which are poverty-level children. By connecting and engaging students directly with nature, in nature, they increase their knowledge and interest in science and are better equipped for grade-level science expectations and state science testing in the fifth grade. Donations help give children access to vital experiences, expert teaching, understanding and achievement.

Location: 8525 Garland Rd., East Dallas. For more information and registration, visit