Friday, July 25, 2008

The Lukas and Tera Show

The July 17 Chicago Fire Fighters Run for the Kids 5K in Grant Park was a winner for the kids for sure, but the racing landscape was really accented by the men's and women's victors, Lukas Veribicas and Tera Moody. I confess to have called Veribicas "the runner in yellow and green" during my P.A. play-by-play from the pace car at the Community Bank of Elmhurst 4 on the 4th. I had no idea who he was. All I know is the 15-year-old from New Lenox is on fire. He has to be mentioned as a potential high school state champion in the near future. Anyway, Lukas cleaned up with a strong 15:38. Jeff Tomas, 27, of Chicago, was runner-up in 16:18, and Neal Klein, 18, of Streamwood, was third in 16:26. Meanwhile, Moody, 27, the former St. Charles HS star, who most recently placed fifth in the U.S. women's Olympic Marathon trials in Boston, showed up and won the women's division going away with a 17:29. Marie Wolbert, 23, of Chicago, was second in 18:44, and Elizabeth Engel, 33, of Chicago was third in 20:04. Moody was listed as a Chicago resident. Has she moved back from Boulder, Colo.? This event had 1,147 finishers.

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