The Great Highwood Pumpkin Festival
Superhero 5K Run/Walk
The Great Highwood Pumpkin Festival Presents the 3rd Annual
Superhero 5k Run/Walk
Benefiting Make-A-Wish Illinois
Community comes out in costume to give the gift of wishes in memory of Highwood’s own Superman Sam
Saturday, October 6 at 9 a.m.
Now in its ninth year, the Great Highwood Pumpkin Festival is excited to host its 3rd Annual Superhero 5K Run/Walk to raise money for a cause very near and dear to the hearts of Highwood’s residents, Make-A-Wish Illinois. In 2013, Highwood’s hometown hero Samuel Asher Sommer, known to so many as Superman Sam, died on December 13 of acute myeloid leukemia at the age of 8 years old. To honor Superman Sam, a Make-A-Wish recipient, event organizers are encouraging all participants to come dressed in their favorite super hero costume in solidarity with the goal of surpassing last year’s $60,000 donation to Make-A-Wish Illinois and raise enough funds to grant 100 wishes to children with life-threatening medical conditions in Illinois.
“In the months after Sam died, I looked back at our Make-A-Wish trip to Disney World often,” said Sam’s mom Phyllis Sommer. “Those memories are a gift that will continue to shine as a bright spot in the sadness. To spend time together, in a sweet and happy place, was so much more of a blessing than we’d ever though possible, and for that we are so very grateful.”
In addition to Sam, the race is also honoring the more than 715 wish children from communities all across the state this year.
This annual race will bring participants together in an effort to raise awareness and support for Make-A-Wish Illinois. Kicking off at 9 a.m. on Saturday, October 6, participants will run and walk from Waukegan and Walker Avenue, in front of The Bent Fork Bakery, through downtown Highwood and historic Fort Sheridan while passing the thousands of carved jack-o’-lanterns which will be lit later that evening.
Participants are encouraged to register online for the race. It is $35 for the run/walk. Plus, all participants 21 and over will receive a free Bloody Mary or beer at the end of the race!
Pre-race packet pick up will take place on Wednesday, October 3, from 7-9 a.m., noon-2 p.m. and 5-7 p.m. at Equinox Highland Park, 799 Central Avenue in Highland Park. You can also pick up packets on race day at the on-site registration table as early as 7:30 am.
A SPECIAL OFFER: Equinox Highland Park would like to invite all registered participants to attend Equinox’s Signature Precision Running class at 6:00AM-6:45AM or 5:15PM-6:00PM any Wednesday in September. Participants are also invited to attend a Yoga Fundamentals class on Saturday, September 22nd or 29th at 10:45AM-11:45AM in preparation for race day. Details for reserving your spot will be emailed to you after registration.
In addition to these fundraising efforts, there will be a $3/day admission, or $5 weekend pass, to The Great Highwood Pumpkin Festival with all proceeds going to Make-A-Wish Illinois.
“As a grassroots organization, community members and fundraising efforts are key in making sure that we can reach every eligible child with a wish,” said Ashley White, Gift Officer with Make-A-Wish Illinois. “The generous people who are participating in The Great Highwood Pumpkin Fest and race on behalf of Make-A-Wish can feel really good about bringing hope, strength and joy to seriously ill Illinois children.”
The Run and Walk Courses
5K Run Course
1.63 Mile Walk Course