Heritage Haul Races


On Saturday, the Village of South Holland, Illinois held their annual Heritage Haul. The event featured a 15-mile bike race, half marathon, 10K and 5K so there was plenty of action at the start line. Race organizers had the start times staggered so there was very little overlap on the course.

The race began in Veteran’s Memorial Park with an opening ceremony and a send-off by the village mayor. Racers wove through the neighborhood streets and were given a great tour of the village. This race was truly a hometown run, as racers enjoyed seeing the neighborhoods, parks and shopping areas of South Holland.

There were water and aid stations throughout the course and police had all of the busy intersections monitored to ensure racers were kept safe. It was a hot morning and race staff and volunteers made sure that racers were kept hydrated and healthy through the race.

Racers received a long sleeved, gender specific t-shirt and a great bag filled with goodies, including a fidget spinner, which my kids couldn’t wait to play with! It was clear the South Holland community truly came together to make this race a success.

First through third female winners of the 15 mile bike race were: Yolanda Love, Vanessa Bradley and Jeanne King. First through third male winners of the 15 mile bike race were:  David Simon, Jeff Henry and Edward Farris.

First through third female winners of the half marathon were: Amy Blue, Mandi Florip and Olivia Roscoe. First through third male winners of the half marathon were: Elpidio Vilchez, John Gervase and Daniel Robin.

First through third female winners of the 10K were: Brittany Collins, Madeleine Walsh and Keely Bell. First through third male winners of the 10K were: Eric Hofmann, Nate Pettinga and Juan Navarro.

First through third female winners of the 5K were: Teyana Morgan, Annika Zekveld and Tyra Morgan. First through third male winners of the 5K were: Bryan Johnson, Brian Norrick and Andrius Jurevicius.

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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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