September Athletes of the Month: Angela Homberg and Randy Kester


Angela Homberg


  • Winner of 2019 Woodridge Mini Triathlon

How did you start running marathons?

I would run on this horribly tiny track at the health club near my house. I think it was 16 laps = 1 mile. There was a guy who ran around the same time as me and we started talking and he said I seemed like a decent runner and that I should run a marathon.

When did you first qualify for Boston?


How many marathons have you completed?


Favorite marathon memory?

I won the 2011 Indianapolis Marathon in October, just two days before my 40thbirthday. It was a small race, but it is still pretty awesome to say I won a marathon.

Randy Kester


  • Winner of 2018 and 2019 Homestrech for Heroes 5k
  • Second overall at 2019 Frontier Days Stampede Run 10k

Why did you start running?

I started running about 7 years ago, after putting on several unwanted pounds.  I had been a runner in high school so naturally I felt that running would be an easy way for me to lose the weight. I’ve been running consistently ever since.

Favorite race distance?

5k and 10k

PR you’re proud of?

17:21 for 5k, 36:40 for 10k, both set this year

How do you juggle training and family?

Being a father of two can sometimes make it hard to fit in a run. Luckily, I have a very supportive wife. I have made a habit of running home from my youngest daughters softball practices and games. My oldest daughter has been a runner for a few years now and running with her is a great way to bond and they are always my favorite runs of the week!

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Holly's running career began in high school; after being bummed about not making the volleyball team her sophomore year, she decided to join some of her middle school friends on the cross country team. She also did track in the fall, where the 1600 m race was her niche. Since then, she has run many distance races, and is going for her first marathon at the 2018 Bank of America Chicago Marathon this October. She graduated from Illinois State University in May 2016 with a degree in journalism, and is working towards her Master in Arts in New Media and Marketing.


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