Mel Diab took his passion and made it into a business and a cause for the community. Diab is the owner of Running For Kicks in Palos Heights. Six years ago, he brought First Midwest Bank Half Marathon to the southwest suburbs. The race draws more than 2,000 runners. Diab also organizes the annual Turkey Trot on Thanksgiving Day in Palos Park which, last year, generated 10,000 to 12,000 cans of food in collections. "Running is my passion," Diab said. "I breathe and eat and think about it all the time. It has been with me for 47 plus years and I enjoy seeing other people's accomplishments."