The Great Highwood Pumpkin Festival
Superhero 5K Run/Walk

The Great Highwood Pumpkin Festival Presents the 4th 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 12 at 9 a.m


Superhero 5k run-walk 2017Now in its tenth year, the Great Highwood Pumpkin Festival is excited to host its 4th 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 superhero costume in solidarity with the goal of surpassing last year’s $20,000 donation to Make-A-Wish Illinois and raise enough funds to grant 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.”

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 12, 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 can register online for the race. It is $35 for the run/walk. Registered participants will receive a commemerotive t-shirt and a beverage of their choice after the race at the Pumpkin Fest bars. Those 21 and over can choose a free Bloody Mary or beer.

Packet Pick Up:  Pre-race packet pick up will take place on Monday, October 7 at 7-9am, noon-2pm and 5-7pm at Midtown Athletic Club, 2211 Waukegan Rd A, Bannockburn, IL 60015. Additionally, packets will be available for pick up at the Midtown Athletic Club booth on the festival grounds on Thursday, October 10 at Community Night from 5-8pm or on Friday, October 11 from 4-8pm. You can also pick up packets on race day at the on-site registration table as early as 7:30 am.

Midtown Athletic Club would like to invite our runners/walkers to participate in special offers. You will be contacted for details after sign up.

“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.”

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The Run and Walk Courses

5K Run Course

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1.63 Mile Walk Course

Pumpkin Walk Course 1.63 mi-b