Friday, April 6, 2012

Shamrock Shuffle 2012

    A week and a half ago I was honored to photograph and witness 34,369 runners finish in the world's largest timed 8k race. For the first time, the Event Alert System was GREEN Low=good conditions!  The past few years, weather conditions were either freezing cold or raining, but this year it was perfect. There were so many happy faces and I am almost sure lots of PR's were broken. Here are some of the shots I took at the race.  

Wheelchair Winner

Male Winner: Abdelaaziz Atmani

3rd Place Male Winner: Abdi Abdirahman

Female Winner: Julia Lucas

Female 2nd Place Winner: Delilah Dicrescenzo

A very happy Julia Lucas! 

 Elite Club Division Team Winners: Team Hanson dominating both male and female divisions. 

A Star Studded Event 

Wayne Messmer sang the national anthem. Awesome!

US Olympian Abdi Abdirahman 
Abdi, Good luck at the 2012 Olympics! Take home the GOLD!

Delilah DiCrescenzo
Delilah, good luck in your upcoming Olympic Trials June 29 in Eugene, Oregon! 

Diane Nukuri Johnson (Female 3rd Place Finisher)
Diane is also Olympic bound representing Burundi in the Marathon.  Good luck!

Israel Idonije, Chicago Bears
Thanks to the runners representing the Israel Idonije Foundation!

Here are some pics of the happy runners!

I missed the juggler in last year's marathon, but I finally saw him this year.  Awesome!

Post Race Party


Thank you to the thousands of volunteers!  If you want to volunteer for the Bank of America Marathon visit their website.  It is so much fun! 

  Since the Shamrock Shuffle kicks off the training for the Chicago Marathon October 7, 2012, good luck to those who are running.  Train hard and it will pay off at the end.  See you at the finish line!