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Tinley Park’s Tom “Doc” Mahoney, who has been carrying the American flag in the Stars and Stripes 5K race for the past 12 years, ran his first race July 4 since suffering a heart attack at the Tinley Park Turkey Trot in November. PHOTOS BY JEFF VORVA/22ND CENTURY MEDIA
Tinley Park’s Tom “Doc” Mahoney and his girlfriend, Julie Carlson, pose after the Tinley Park Stars and Stripes Race at McCarthy Park. The last time the two raced was in November and Mahoney suffered a heart attack and Carlson raced him to a hospital.
Tom “Doc” Mahoney will be able to hang a few more bibs on his garage wall after recovering from a November heart attack and competing in the Tinley Park Stars and Stripes 5K race on July 4. PHOTO SUBMITTED
Jeff Vorva, Sports Editor
1:10 pm CDT July 10, 2018
Mahoney, 68, suffered a heart attack during Tinley Park’s Turkey Trot on Nov. 5. At the time, the man who has a garage wall full of bibs from previous races during his career and had carried the American flag in 11 previous Stars and Stripes event, was fighting for his life. Who knew if he would live or run again?