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WE are challenging you, our runners to “RUN YOUR OWN RACE”.

We have decided, as difficult as it was, however, somewhat expected, to go virtual for the 42nd Annual Pumpkin Run and One-mile Family Fun Run.

“As your race directors of the Pumpkin Run, we are committed to the health and safety of our runners, walkers, volunteers, spectators, and community,” said Rose Treml, Executive Director of the Sycamore Chamber of Commerce.

“This kind of event, that draws over 1,600 runners and spectators annually, would not be responsible or realistic on October 25, or any time this year,” added Treml

We are encouraging runners to get their costumes on and complete the 10K Pumpkin Run or the One-mile Family Fun Run wherever and whenever they want. Neighborhood streets, country roads, sidewalks, park paths, indoor tracks, or even a treadmill – you will make the 2020 Sycamore Pumpkin Run your very own! Want to run with a stroller? Or Fido? Do it!

“While we can’t bring thousands of people from throughout the Midwest to Sycamore for the legendary run this year, our plan is to bring the spirit of the Sycamore Pumpkin Run across the United States,” Treml said.

Our commitment to runners is to provide the best and most unique virtual experience possible. Iconic 2020 race shirts, awesome 2020 bibs, reporting individual race times, and posting of times are all part of this year’s race. “We can’t wait to reveal our epic race shirt with a special edition design just for this year”, said Treml.

Also new this year, we are partnering with Northwestern Medicine Breast Health Center and hoping to make a donation. No donation is too small and net proceeds from all donations will go directly to the Breast Health Center.

Treml said “running has long been seen as a great health benefit, boosting your physical and mental health, reducing stress and more! We take comfort in knowing that while we embrace change and practice social distancing, running remains a constant companion that continues to challenge, teach, and connect us.”

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We appreciate your support as we do our best to move forward during these uncertain times.

Keep moving forward and remember, we are all in this together. 

Rose Treml, who is in her 19th year operating the Pumpkin Run, has really taken the event to new levels. Over the last 17 years, the event has grown from just under 1,000 runners to over 1,800 – and our goal for this year is to sign up 2,000 participants! Some added features to the race in recent years include online registration, chip timers and now, every racer receives a long-sleeved tech race T-shirt.

One of our most memorable races was in 2009 when the Pumpkin Run went overseas. With help from a local Sycamore man, Nathan Taylor, the Chamber organized a Pumpkin Run in Kuwait, almost 7,000 miles from Sycamore.

Treml added, “The runners also make our race special.” We have groups that run for their special cause; recently Feed My Starving Children Mobile Food Pak, which is held in November, also Breast Cancer Awareness and a group raising money for the local food pantry. She said they have also had local businesses encourage employees to run together as a group. Because it is so close to Halloween we also have many runners that come dressed in costume. We have had super heroes, zombies, morph people and even pumpkins.

Don’t miss out on one of the best races in Illinois! Please get social on our Facebook, Twitter and Instagram pages! Feel free to share photos, comments and tips with other runners.

For 2019 race results click here

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