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American flags wave as Homer Glen resident Michael Higgins approaches the finish line Saturday, Nov. 3, at the Mike Hike 5K Run/Walk held at the Michael C. Olivieri Memorial Trail and adjacent neighborhood in Homer Glen. The flags along the end of the route were sponsored by various individuals, families, businesses and organizations, including a flag sponsored the Olivieri family; the namesake of the race, Michael Olivieri, was a Homer Glen native who was killed while serving with the military in Iraq in 2011. Photos by Laurie Fanelli/22nd Century Media
Runners take off from the starting line at the Mike Hike 5K Run/Walk.
Sophia Raineri (left) warms up with Martha Lang, her aunt, at the race.
Laurie Fanelli, Freelance Reporter
2:22 pm CST November 5, 2018
On Saturday, Nov. 3, the Mike Hike 5K Run/Walk made its return to Homer Glen as participants, organizers and spectators honored local military heroes with a community-driven tribute.