North Shore Taco 5K Family Run, Walk & Stroll

SATURDAY, JULY 20, 2024 9 A.M.

Nuestro JosselynThe 2024 Taco Run benefits the Nuestro Josselyn, providing services and resources to help Latino children and seniors in Highwood lead healthier, more connected lives

Taco Run sign upRegistration is now open for its one and only timed run of the year, the North Shore Taco 5K Family Fun Run, Walk & Stroll, benefiting Nuestro Josselyn. The public is invited to put on their sneakers, grab their family, friends, strollers and pets and join the fun on Saturday, July 20 at 9 AM in Downtown Highwood. The start/finish line will be at the intersection of Webster & Sheridan Road.

Pre-race packet pick up will take place on Wednesday, July 17 from 5-8 PM at the Celebrate Highwood tent during Margarita Night at the Highwood Evening Gourmet Market, Everts Park, Thursday, July 18 from 11 AM–1 PM at Gearhead Outfitters, 621 Central Avenue, downtown Highland Park, or race day on-site registration and packet pick-up will be in the Buffo’s Parking Lot at 416 Sheridan Road in Highwood beginning at 8 AM.

Participants Sign Up Here

Runners Sign up link

Runners and walkers can sign up now through midnight on Friday July 19. The registration fee is $40 per participant (stroller kids are free) and includes run t-shirt (must be registered by July 12 to to guarantee t-shirt size) , complimentary taco from award winning La Plancha Loca, and for participants 21 and older, a choice of Hive2o Hard Honey Seltzers, Waterloo Sparking Water mixed drinks, beer or other cocktail to enjoy at Taco Fest, located at Everts Park or Highwood Days, located at the Highwood Metra Station parking lot through Sunday July 21.

Volunteers Sign Up Here

Volunteers Sign up link

2024 Participant Shirt

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For its second year, the North Shore Taco 5K will be timed, as Celebrate Highwood decided to merge their other two runs into one big event. “We never used to offer a timed run,” says Eric Falberg, president of Celebrate Highwood and Highwood Alderman. “Last year we combined all of our runs into one which allowed us to afford a timing company, so runners of any level (or walkers) had the opportunity to get out in the great outdoors with family and friends (and dogs) and raise money for a great cause.”

Proceeds from the North Shore Taco Run will directly benefit Nuestro Josselyn, ensuring that essential resources continue to reach those who need them most. Josselyn is a certified community mental health center for northeastern Illinois, offering affordable, effective mental health services including therapy, psychiatry, case management, employment support, and specialized youth programs to nearly 8,000 low-income Chicagoland residents in 300 communities. Nuestro Josselyn’s programming in Highwood offers services specifically for the Latino Community.

“Every bit of support is not just appreciated, it's vital for Nuestro Josselyn's ongoing success and our ability to provide crucial mental health services to our community,” says Pablo Alvarez, chair of Josselyn’s board of directors who also serves as a trustee at Moraine Township and school counselor at Highland Park High School. “I've witnessed firsthand the transformative impact of Josselyn’s commitment to supporting our community's mental health. Nuestro Josselyn, our Latino Community Center in Highwood, stands as a cornerstone in this endeavor, providing emotional, educational, and resources to support the Latino community.”

“In keeping with Celebrate Highwood’s mission of giving back to local charities, we are honored to help raise much needed funds and awareness of Nuestro Josselyn,” says Falberg. “Our Celebrate Highwood events are powerful – they bring people together and create a sense of community which offers a great opportunity for Nuestro Josselyn to spread the word about their services.”

North Shore Taco 5K Family Fun Run, Walk and Stroll is stroller, bike, scooter, wagon and pet friendly!

A special thanks to our North Shore Taco 5K Family Fun Run, Walk & Stroll sponsors: Gearhead Outfitters, Hive2 0 Hard Honey and La Plancha Loca.


North Shore Taco 5K Family Run, Walk & Stroll Course Map- 2024

Taco 5k 2024