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Runners Brave the Snow for the Shamrock Shuffle

By Marcus Gilmer in News on Mar 30, 2009 4:40PM

Over 30,000 registered, but it was 13,714 brave souls who earned our respect downtown yesterday as they trudged through Mother Nature's early spring snow (a slushy, heavy one at that!) as part of the 30th Annual Shamrock Shuffle. The 8K (or 4.97 mile) race took place yesterday morning and, according to the race's website, here were the Top 5 finishers:

Top 5 Men

  1. Emmanuel Korir, 28, Lansing, MI, 24:18
  2. Ryan Meissen, 30, Mukwanago, WI, 24:23
  3. Jeff Jonaitis, 27, Tinley Park, IL, 24:29
  4. Tyler Sigl, 23, Seymour, WI, 24:30
  5. Chad Johnson, 32, Rochester Hills, MI, 24:30

Top 5 Women

  1. Deena Kastor, 36, Mammoth Lakes, CA, 27:15
  2. Tera Moody, 28, Boulder, CO, 28:03
  3. Casey Owens, 26, Des Moines, IA, 28:55
  4. Carol Jefferson, 23, Rochester Hills, MI, 28:57
  5. Catherine Beck, 23, Chicago, IL, 29:01

If the pics aren't enough, one runner used video to document his experience [via Windy Citizen]

But, seriously, anyone who ran yesterday is a complete and total badass. It's not easy to roll out of bed so early in the morning and it's even harder to make yourself run 5 miles in weather as atrocious as yesterday's, so congrats to everyone who made it out there. For anyone interested in keeping up the running as spring turns a little warmer, be sure to check out the Soldier Field 10 Mile run. Myself and fellow Chicagoist writer Lizz Kannenberg will be participating, so come say hi.