Homer Glen officials recently named the community trail the "Village of Homer Glen Heroes Trail" and dedicated one leg of the trail to fallen hero, PFC Michael C. Olivieri. The trail is expected to be completed this fall and the first official event on the trail was the the Mike Hike 5K Run/Walk. The Homer Glen Foundation joined forces with Olivieri's friends and family to host the first annual Mike Hike 5K Run/Walk. The event took place Veterans Day Weekend, November 12, 2011, with a tribute to Olivieri and all Homer Glen Veterans.
Mike Olivieri tragically lost his life while serving his country in Iraq last June. The Mike Hike 5K Run/Walk is a community fundraising event that will memorialize and honor local heroes like Mike who sacrifice their lives to defend our country and preserve our freedoms. Proceeds raised through this event will be used for the placement of commemorative plaques to honor our local heroes and members of the armed services while also supporting trail amenities such as benches, signage, landscaping, and public safety devices.
The Homer Glen Foundation is 501 (c)(3) non-profit organization dedicated to supporting the acquisition and improvement of public parks, trails, and open spaces. Fundraising efforts assist in fulfilling those needs without burdening local taxpayers.
Mr. and Mrs. Michael Olivieri, Mayor Jim Daley
Mike Hike 5K Heroes Trail Dedication to PFC Michael Olivieri