AMITA Health Bolingbrook St. Paddy’s Half Marathon and 5K

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All Community Events hosted their very first AMITA Health Bolingbrook St. Paddy’s Half Marathon and 5K through the Village of Bolingbrook Sunday afternoon. The race offered a Half Marathon and 5K distance option, as well as a kid’s dash.

Advertised as the “Chicagoland’s Newest Half Marathon,” this race did not disappoint, offering runners a new spring half marathon. All Community Events worked with AMITA Health and the Village of Bolingbrook to put on a magnificent race.

The course wrapped through the streets of Bolingbrook, running past the Police Department, Post Office and Bolingbrook High School, before entering the residential area, which was lined with cheering crowds. It was unmistakable that Bolingbrook residents did not mind hundreds of runners pounding the pavement through their subdivisions.

After running through the neighborhoods streets, runners were led to the DuPage River Trail and circled a small lake for miles seven and eight before exiting back onto the residential streets. With so many neighborhoods crafted into this race, Bolingbrook Police Department was out in full force to make sure runners were kept safe on all road crossings. Runners were faced with a series of small, but tough, hills that were seemingly placed back-to-back during the final third of the race. Reprieve was granted for the last mile which was fast and flat circling back to the start/finish line.


Finishers received a glass St. Paddy’s Day pint glass and an awesome medal featuring the logo of this super cool new race. All Community Events staff and volunteers never fail to host organized, fun races that give athletes a challenge in a course full of variety. This race covered residential streets, municipal developments, bodies of water, trails and even a bridge crossing.

First through third Half Marathon male finishers were: Pol Nabben, Matt Lindgren and Jeffrey Ramirez. First through third Half Marathon female finishers were: Kelli Grundmann, Amanda Waznis and Alexandra Holdefer. First through third 5K male finishers were: Alex Nordin, Anthony E Vodicka and Michael Stanek. First through third 5K female finishers were: Britt Kelly, Laura Krasa and Kim Castner.

This St. Paddy’s Day themed race is one to add to your racing schedule in 2018. All Community Events, AMITA Health and the Village of Bolingbrook, as well as all of the course volunteers and Bolingbrook Police Department, hosted a fun race with an assortment of running scenery to keep your eyes busy.

You can sign up for upcoming All Community Races at their website http://allcommunityevents.com/.

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Mandi began running in middle school and never stopped. As a high school and college cheerleader, running was the exact athletic counterpart to keep her fitness levels high. While attending The John Marshall Law School in 2007, Mandi ran her first Chicago Marathon, the final year it was partnered with title sponsor, LaSalle Bank. Mandi has continued to run several half marathon and shorter distance races and looks forward to running in the 2017 Bank of America Chicago Marathon. An Illinois licensed attorney, Mandi is currently the Executive Director of the Lake County Municipal League, a council of government representing 42 municipalities in Lake County. An avid weekend race warrior, Mandi tries to run 2-3 races each month from Milwaukee to Chicago and loves the opportunity to report about her experiences in Chicago Athlete

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