Shamrock Shuffle 2012
Photo: Bryan Ierardi, iPhone 4S
This was my first year participating in the Shamrock Shuffle, Chicago's annual 8K that brings tens of thousands of runners and support personnel to downtown Chitown for a fun morning run. The weather was perfect, and although I wasn't quite physically prepared for the event, I finished the race and had a blast.
According to the Shamrock Shuffle post-race press-release: "The 33rd Bank of America Shamrock Shuffle 8K lived up to its billing as the world’s largest timed 8K road race as a record 34,372 runners crossed the finish line in Grant Park, beating the previous record set last year by nearly 2,000 finishers. Comfortable weather conditions greeted participants for the annual kick-off to Chicago’s running season with start time temperatures in the mid 50s that warmed up to the mid 60s for the Post-Race Party at Buckingham Fountain. Leading the way for the record field was men’s champion Abdelaaziz Atmani of Indianapolis, IN, in 23:18, and women's champion Julia Lucas of Eugene, OR, in 25:37, the fastest women’s winning time since Deena Kastor's American record in 2005 and the seventh fastest women’s time in event history."
Photo: Bryan Ierardi, iPhone 4S, waiting for the race to start.