Something that makes the Chapman University 5K Run/Walk one of the ‘Finest’ 5K’s in the world, is the historical roots of Old Towne Orange. Uniquely highlighted on the Chapman 5K route, race participants can enjoy the charm and culture of the community while on their run or walk. Points of interest include antique shops, historical homes and Orange landmarks. Each of these locations deliver a picturesque course whether you are a runner, competing to achieve the best time; or a walker, simply enjoying a beautiful fall day.
Watson’s Drug and Soda Fountain is one of the many historical sites participants will pass on the route. Established in 1899, Watson’s is Orange County’s oldest drugstore and the city of Orange’s longest running business. The interior and exterior have been used to film many movies and commercials, including Tom Hank’s film, “That Thing You Do,” Barbara Eden’s film, “The Stepford Children,” and Burt Reynolds’ film, “Cannonball Run.”
The plaza fountain, located in the heart of Old Town Orange, is another highly recognizable landmark on the course. The fountain was built in 1887 to serve as the unifying symbol and meeting place for Orange community members. The plaza fountain is beloved by Orange residents and is always bustling with people relaxing by the waterside with children and pets. It is also become a favorite backdrop for graduation, wedding and Holiday card photos.
Participants of the Chapman 5K have the unique opportunity to experience a little bit of history as they run or walk through the streets of Orange.
Make sure to check out future blog posts to read about more historic landmarks included in this year’s 5K route.