Posted August 26th, 2016
Thank you to all who came out and participated in 2016 Run with Carl! Hundreds of people pounded the pavement and got their Labor Days’ off to a good start. We thank every single one of you who chose to celebrate the holiday with us! Click here for pictures from the event.
Every year, the Quad City community gathers on Labor Day to remember and honor Carl Schillig. Carl was a PVHS freshman in 1994 when he was hit and killed by a car as he participated in a Civil War Reenactment in the Village of East Davenport. In Carl’s short life, he chose to make an impact on those around him. He was the president of the freshman class. He volunteered at his church. He ran cross country and swam, encouraging his teammates along the way. Carl wanted to go into the military and become an astronaut. His dreams are the dreams of so many students across the Quad Cities, and it’s that connection that keeps people from all over the country coming back for the race in his name every Labor Day.
Since 1995, Run with Carl has supported local students, just like Carl. Proceeds raised from the race helped send 34 students to college and will continue to do so. Under the direction of the Bettendorf Community Schools Foundation and Pleasant Valley Educational Foundation, the impact is even greater. In 2015, the PVEF added 5 new scholarships for PVHS seniors thanks to funds raised by this event, all the while not forgetting the memory of the teenager and family who took a tragedy and turned it into a legacy for good.