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By Chris Lotsbom, Race Results Weekly
(16-Feb) — Yesterday, organizers of the Bank of America Shamrock Shuffle 8-K announced that three-time Olympian Abdi Abdirahman will be running the event’s 33rd edition, to be held on March 25, in Chicago.
The event will be the first for Abdirahman since he finished third at the U.S. Olympic Marathon Trials in January, when the 35 year-old earned a spot on the starting line for the Olympic Marathon in London.
The race will also mark Abdirahman’s return to the same city in which he set his current personal best in the marathon, a 2:08:56 clocking at the 2006 Bank of American Chicago Marathon.
Joining Abdirahman will be two-time race champion Tera Moody, who is originally from St. Charles, Ill. Moody was a member of Team USA at the IAAF World Championships in Daegu, South Korea last year, where she finished 17th in the marathon.
Though the race features elites like Abdirahman and Moody, the general focus for the Bank of America Shamrock Shuffle 8-K will be to celebrate the arrival of warmer weather, although the race has been held in wintry conditions in the past when Mother Nature was less than cooperative.
James Kariuki of Kenya holds the men’s course record at 22:35, while American Deena Kastor has the fastest women’s time, 24:36. Last year’s event had 32,405 total finishers.
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