Heritage Haul Races

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Polish Independence 10K (729×90)
 

On Saturday, the Village of South Holland hosted the 13thAnnual Heritage Haul featuring a 5K Run/Walk, 10K, & Half-Marathon.  The race started at Veterans Memorial Park with staggered start times for the various distances.

This race continues to be one of my favorite ways to begin the fall season. The race staff, volunteers and Village employees make this race organized, enjoyable and all around fun. Every one of the plentiful aid stations was staffed with smiling and encouraging volunteers. The South Holland Police Department ensured that runners were able to safely cross all intersections and even cheered us on. Every year I leave this race feeling great and this year was no different. The Heritage Haul gets my “Feel Good Race” of the year award!

The course is purely residential winding through the streets and parks of South Holland. Many residents came out to greet us as we ran by and all turns were clearly marked with arrows and signage.

The race began and finished in Veterans Memorial Park, complete with a DJ and abundant finish line goodies. All racers received a long-sleeved technical t-shirt and goody bag filled to the brim with snacks, hand sanitizer and even a small ice pack. New this year, all racers also received a finisher’s medal.

First through Third Female Half Marathon winners were: Mandi Florip, Priscilla Cordero and Kimberly Zehnder. First through Third Male Half Marathon winners were: Geoffrey Ornad, Matt Waterstone and Fr. Ignatius Anaele.

First through Third Female 10K winners were: Madeleine Walsh, Latania Thomas and Katie Jones. First through Third Male 10K winners were: Anthony Cervantez, Shundrawn Thomas, and Michael Murphy.

First through Third Female 5K winners were: Ali Washington, Rita Wario, and Madison Bylak. First through Third Male 5K winners were: Armando Avalos, Andrias Jurevieius, and Sterling Fobbs.

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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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