Shannon Heil Memorial Running Festival

Shannon Heil Memorial Running Festival
Sunday, Sep 25, 2022 at 8:30am
Deerfield Park

8th Annual Shannon Heil Memorial Running Festival

Shannon Heil, a full-time student who also worked full-time delivering pizzas, and who further made time to train (and win!) at the highest levels of competitive cheerleading. She was determined to do more – to make her mark on this world – in everything she did.  She picked up the moniker “Fierce” on the cheer mat because of her bright red hair, her precise, athletic and graceful movements and because she was tall and powerful. From a distance, Shannon Heil was a commanding presence. In conversation, even more so.

The Fierce Running Festival is the only fundraising event held each year by the Fierce For Shannon Foundation. All proceeds from the running festival help us to provide scholarships and needs based grants to individuals and groups whose work ethic, drive and determination align with the way Shannon lived her life. These important resources also help fuel our Global PayItForward movement called Share For Shannon.


The Fierce Running Festival was created to memorialize Shannon’s determination, strength and spirit. We honor her personality by offering two scenic and quite challenging race courses: Half Marathon & 5K.

Each course is clearly marked and there are porta-potties and water stations situated throughout the courses.

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