Participants took off in the third Annual Healthy Driven Naperville Half Marathon and Marathon!
But the third year still had many firsts, starting with a new course highlighting downtown Naperville.
“It’s a much nicer course this year for the half runners, they get to see a lot more of Naperville than they did last year. For the full, it’s the 2nd half of the marathon course was very flat, where last year it was very challenging, spectators are going to love it cause they can walk from the start line to see their runners at mile 4, 8 and back at the finish without getting in the car,” said Craig Bixler, Co-race Director for the Healthy Driven Naperville Half Marathon and Marathon.
And the 4,400 runners didn’t seem to mind the change, especially for new first place half marathon male finisher Joe McAvoy who came in with a time of 1:11:59.
“I thought the course was great, challenging at the beginning but a lot of room to open up and come downtown and get all the support from the community and fans along the course,” said McAvoy.
Coming in shortly behind him was the first place half marathon female finisher, Amber White at 1:18:15.
“I just love being in races that are in my hometown. I know so many people that are out here running as well and so I like to support the running community,” said White.
But it wasn’t just friends and family cheering on the runners. Mayor of Naperville Steve Chirico, also joined in to support everyone who came to town.
“Pride, it’s a great chance for our community to pull together and celebrate health, Edward-Elmhurst Healthy Driven marathon, what better way to do it then that,” said Chirico.
And the community did just that as they came out in full force to volunteer behind the scenes.
“As a family we try to be real active in supporting the community and the various charities in the Naperville area,” said Harry Oliver, Volunteer for the Healthy Driven Naperville Half Marathon and Marathon.
The Indian Prairie Educational Foundation was one of the hundreds of charities looking to raise money for local schools through the race.
“Our goal was to raise $80,000 and I believe we surpassed that it’s very exciting,” said Jason Altenbern, who ran for Team IPEF and Team Gombert.
Even people from out of town reached their goals, like Scot Ursum, who came all the way from Michigan to take the first place in the full marathon at 2:47:25.
“I felt pretty good the whole way through, last 5k was a little tough, but hung in there and yeah it’s good to see the finish,” said Ursum.
And for the women, Amanda Mirochna took first place for the full marathon at 3:01:48.
Congratulations to all the finishers in this year’s Healthy Driven Naperville Half Marathon and Marathon.
Naperville News 17’s Alyssa Bochenek & Jodelle Maglaya reports.
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