Thanks to insider Jeremy Borling for tipping me off when I was preparing my pre-race blurb for the Bank of America Shamrock Shuffle. The favorites came through on a raw morning. It was chilly, but not ridiculously cold as another chapter was written in this storied event.
Here is the official news release.
John Kemboi and Tera Moody Lead Largest Field in Event History to Win 31st Bank of America Shamrock Shuffle 8K
CHICAGO (March 21, 2010) – Kenyan John Kemboi, 19, and American Tera Moody, 29, outran the largest field in Bank of America Shamrock Shuffle 8K history today posting wins in the 31st edition of the iconic Chicago road race. An event-record field of 25,561 runners followed the champions across the finish line to officially welcome the arrival of spring to Chicago amid 35-degree weather.
Kemboi broke the finish line tape in 23:39 in his first race on U.S. soil. Following his finish, Kemboi reflected on his first American race by saying, “I feel pretty good after this race. It is very nice here, although very cold this morning. It was a good experience for me and I will definitely be coming back to America to
compete in more races.”
Moody’s 27:21 victory marked her second Shamrock Shuffle win. A native of St. Charles, Ill., now living in Colorado Springs, Colo., Moody won the 2007 event in 27:09. Following the race, she said, “I have been battling some injuries so I didn’t know until this morning if I was going to run. It wasn’t extremely cold, but it
was windy and that slowed me up in the last few miles. I had such a blast though and just wanted to soak up and enjoy every moment.”
In the second annual Bank of America Shamrock Shuffle Elite Club Competition, a division for USA Track and Field member runners, Wisconsin Runner Racing Team A placed first for the men and Runablaze Iowa ranked first among the women. Tyler Sigl, Eugene Dennis, Aaron Nodolf and Ryan Meissen posted a joint time of 1:37:11 to edge the second-place team by 13 seconds. Erin Moeller, Marie Schofer and Jen Van
Otterloo posted a combined 1:25:45 finish time to place first for the women.
The day concluded with the traditional Post-Race Party in Grant Park where Bank of America officially presented checks to the event’s benefitting charities. Girls on the Run and MGR Foundation, two local youth fitness organizations, each received $72,000 to continue fitness programming for local youth throughout the