Hidden Gem Half Marathon runners reflect on Flossmoor race

The short section of Flossmoor Road between Village Hall and Infant Jesus of Prague Church would normally be fairly quiet before 7:45 a.m. on a Saturday, but this past weekend it was buzzing with 620 runners warming up and waiting for their countdown.
The runners gathered for the Hidden Gem Half Marathon and quickly set off on the 13.1-mile course through Flossmoor’s various neighborhoods, past its schools and sculptures and in view of local spectators and cheerleaders of all kinds.

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.

Flossmoor school board considers 2020 budget numbers

The Flossmoor School Board heard a presentation on District 161’s Fiscal Year 2020 budget and a breakdown of its different funding sources on Aug. 26.
The district’s preliminary budget anticipates $35,480,215 in revenue and $35,971,498 in expenses, leaving an operating deficit of $491,333. The total deficit after construction costs is $1,497,333.

Flossmoor fire department gets federal grant for emergency equipment

The Flossmoor Fire Department was awarded a $222,345 federal grant to purchase updated emergency breathing equipment that will make firefighters safer when entering burning buildings. 
The Assistance to Firefighters Grant was announced by Rep. Robin Kelly, D-Ill. The grant program will help strengthen the nation’s overall level of preparedness and ability to respond to fire and related hazards. 

Flossmoor District 161 sees improvements to bus service

Flossmoor School District 161 administrators have been working with Paige Bus Enterprises on improving the quality of service since renewing the company’s contract in January, and say they are making progress.

Homewood FD competes in video contest

The Homewood Fire Department has entered its “Night Sounds” video in a contest that could win the department up to $25,000. Voting through the online competition, sponsored by UL Fire Safety Research Institute, ends at 5 p.m. on Sunday, Sept. 15. The prize money will be designated for public education efforts.

Theater group hosts auditions for 'Harriet's Halloween Candy'

The 23 Miles South Theatre company will conduct auditions for children, teens and adult parts in its upcoming children’s play. Auditions will be from 6 to 7 p.m. Monday and Tuesday, Sept. 9 and 10, at St. Paul Community Church, 18200 Dixie Highway, in Homewood.

H-F Racquet & Fitness Club meets clients’ needs over 46 years

When the Homewood-Flossmoor Park District was starting out 50 years ago, Mick Pope, the first executive director, wanted diverse offerings for an active and growing community.


H-F’s homegrown rockers set to turn up Flossmoor Fest

Staff Infection started rocking 18 years ago in the halls of Homewood-Flossmoor High School. Since then, the band – it consists of H-F teachers, students and alums – has consistently delivered its classic sound, which music director Jon Elfner calls a mix of “Motown and horn-driven rock.”


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