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Second Hidden Gem Half Marathon sees more runners, two records fall

Runners are welcomed to one Flossmoor neighborhood by a rainbow arch. (Eric Crump/H-F Chronicle)

The winner in the women’s division, Chirine Njeim, right, gives the second-place runner, Rachel DaDamio, a congratulatory hug shortly after DaDamio crossed the finish line. (Eric Crump/H-F Chronicle)

Runners head north on Brassie Avenue past a sprinkler set up to help them cool off. (Eric Crump/H-F Chronicle)

And they’re off! More than 800 runners ran the 2021 Hidden Gem Half Marathon. (Andrew Burke-Stevenson/H-F Chronicle)

Dave Walters races toward the finish line in his record . . .

Winter events


  • Flossmoor Business Association open house, 5 to 7 p.m., downtown Flossmoor.


  • Holiday Lights in Homewood, 5 to 9 p.m., Ridge Road and Martin Avenue downtown. Shopping, carousel, mulled wine, cookies, ice sculpture, music, antique car parade.
  • Tree-lighting ceremony with Santa Claus, 7 p.m., Irwin Park.


  • Janet Gustafson’s gingerbread village tours, 3 to 6 p.m. Register at flossmoor.org.


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