Hidden Gem Half Marathon

Neighborhood volunteers cheer on runners during Hidden Gem Half Marathon

The prevailing sentiment following the first Hidden Gem Half Marathon in Flossmoor was enthusiastic appreciation. 

The runners said they loved it.

The villagers said they loved it.

The organizers were ecstatic.

Even the atmosphere saw fit to bless the event with perfect conditions, just shy of 60 degrees at race time under a blue sky dappled with light clouds. By the end of the race, the temperatures reached the mid-70s and the sun continued to shine out of a brilliant blue sky.

Scenes from the Hidden Gem Half Marathon

Organizers of the inaugural Hidden Gem Half Marathon in Flossmoor were delighted with the result on Saturday, and they thanked the hundreds of runners, spectators and volunteers who made the event a success.

The race began about 7:45 a.m. following the singing of the national anthem by Oliv Blu of Flossmoor, a contestant on "The Voice" TV talent show this spring. Then about 600 runners took off west on Flossmoor Road to begin the journey through most of the village's neighborhoods. 

Photos by Eric Crump/H-F Chronicle. More photos and information to follow.

Many Flossmoor streets will be closed during Hidden Gem race on Saturday

Holding the Hidden Gem 13.1 mile race in Flossmoor on Saturday, Sept. 7, will require road closures to ensure the safety of runners. 

Local runners club eager to compete in Hidden Gem

When organizers announced the Hidden Gem Half Marathon in Flossmoor, local runners leaped at the chance. Kaila Konecki, a regular runner with the HF Community Running Club, said she was excited when she heard the news. 
 
“I was actually like the fifth person to register. I was all over it,” she said.

Flossmoor’s ‘hidden gems’ given chance to shine for Sept. 7 race

Flossmoor will have a number of “hidden gems” to show off on Saturday, Sept. 7, when more than 650 people from 14 states are expected to arrive for the inaugural Hidden Gem Half Marathon.
 
Tom Dobrez, one of the lead organizers of the Hidden Gem Half Marathon, ticks off a list of the “hidden gems” of Flossmoor that the race is designed to reveal to the runners and spectators but notes that the most important gem is the villagers who will come out to make the event work.

Ready for the Gem

Cyclists who made the journey July 13 along the Hidden Gem Half Marathon route noted some streets were crumbly. 

Flossmoor Public Works tackled the problem, and by Friday, Aug. 16, finished patching work on the race route in preparation for the Sept. 7 event. 

Public Works Director John Brunke said the patching work would continue on other streets, but the race route had gotten priority.

‘Bike the Gem’ attracts nearly 200 to preview half marathon course

 
A pink Hello Kitty bike named Glenda, along with some encouragement from mom and dad, was what 5-year-old Ava Monroe said helped her ride nine miles of Bike the Gem throughout Flossmoor on July 13.
 
“I was tired out, but Mommy gave me some water,” Ava said.
 
Ava’s mom, Stephany Monroe, said she takes her daughter on family bike rides often, and they plan to cheer runners on from their Flossmoor home during the Hidden Gem Half Marathon Sept. 7. 
 

Bike it or watch it: Two ways to learn Hidden Gem race route

Organizers of the inaugural Hidden Gem Half Marathon in Flossmoor have announced “Bike the Gem,” a unique event on Saturday, July 13, to highlight the upcoming 13.1-mile course through the village. They are also producing a series of short videos featuring the sights to be seen along the route.
 

Half marathon to lead runners through Flossmoor

One of Flossmoor’s busiest days of the year is about to get busier. The nonprofit Flossmoor’s Future is planning a Hidden Gem Half Marathon”that will lead runners through the village’s different neighborhoods on the morning of this year’s Flossmoor Fest.

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