Gem of the Highlands 5k


NOVEMBER 4, 2023

9AM 5K 

10:30AM FREE Kids Fun Run


PACKET PICK-UP @ Hi-Wire Brewing

This goodie bag includes the coolest race t-shirt in town and more!

Friday, November 3rd 11-1PM & 4-6PM

Saturday, November 4th (Race Day) before the race

Our 2023 route has been updated to include the start and finish line at Factory 52, a new mixed-use development where the race after party is being held. Norwood's Presidential District as well as the Wasson Way Trail are still featured throughout the Gem's 5K route.

Street Closed From To Close (approx.) Reopen (approx.)

Park Beech Linden 7:00 AM 11:30 AM

Park Linden Forest 9:00 AM 10:15 AM

Forest Park Morton 9:00 AM 9:30 AM

Morton Forest Elsmere 9:00 AM 9:30 AM

Regent Lexington Williams 9:00 AM 9:45 AM

Williams Regent Floral 9:00 AM 9:45 AM

Floral Williams Park 9:10 AM 10:00 AM

The 6th annual Gem of the Highlands Run/Walk will be held on Saturday, November 4th, 2023 at 9AM. It will start at Factory 52 and showcase the beautiful presidential district of Norwood, including Wasson Way. After party to follow at Factory 52! Come join the fun!! 

November 4th, 2023

9AM 5K Starts

Registration: $30 per person

10:30AM FREE Kids Fun Run starts (please register)


This is a celebration of everything that makes Norwood a true gem! Join your neighbors on November 4, 2023 to run or walk through some of our favorite streets in the beautiful presidential district of Norwood. Sponsorships help fund the race, along with improvements across Norwood Park System. To date, we've donated nearly $70K and hope to raise over $50K this year to increase community impact. 100% of proceeds will always go back to municipal needs and initiatives that benefit the community, with a focus on Norwood parks. Gem of the Highlands 5K first project was $16,000 to the basketball court restoration at Waterworks Park.


As a registered 501(c)(3), our mission is to build community by bringing together residents who are proud to call Norwood home while giving back and improving the neighborhood.

Board Members:

Amanda Sinclair

John Cappella

Emily Franzen

Tony Jagoditz

Committee Members:

Kate McCormick

Katie Avila

Tim Garry Jr.

Shane Hutton

Lindsey Burns

Jonathan Sinclair



We are very proud to have Norwood, Ohio's own United Dairy Farmers return as the Gem of the Highlands 5K title sponsor.


Packet Pickup