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Uhl takes women’s 8K Shamrock Shuffle crown

Chicago 2013 Bank AmericShamrock Shuffle winners are Olympian from IowState LisUhl Californian high school teacher   Phillip Reid. |

Chicago 2013 Bank of America Shamrock Shuffle winners are Olympian from Iowa State, Lisa Uhl and Californian high school teacher, Phillip Reid. | Al Podgorski~Chicago Sun-Times

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Updated: April 7, 2013 2:49PM

Olympian Lisa Uhl dominated the women’s side of the 34th annual Bank of America Shamrock Shuffle 8K Sunday in Chicago and won in 25 minutes, 54 seconds.

``I wanted to be closer to 25 flat,’’ said the 25-year-old Nike runner from Des Moines, Iowa. ``Real goal was to win and pick up mile after mile.’’

The men’s side was much tighter after favorite Dathan Ritzenhein withdrew before the race because of injury. Californian Phillip Reid was the surprise winner in 23:08.

``It was lower than what I wrote on the board,’’ said Reid, 27, who ran with his Asics Aggie Running Club. ``I had 23:30, 23:20.’’

The race included a course change because of a potential jumper from a bridge. Runners were rerouted from Grand to Wabash, instead of State; they then crossed the river on Wabash and headed west on Wacker to State, then back to the normal route.

Reid said they even had to slow down for a fire truck.

``Where they were going was more important than where we were going,’’ Reid said.

Even with the alteration, Reid said, ``Awesome, I love point to point races. It is like a quick tour of the city.’’

A sunlit tour. The sun popped out 8:05 a.m., 25 minutes before the start at Columbus and Monroe.

``It warmed up and we could take the sweats off,’’ Uhl said.

``When I got in the city on Friday, I was feeling worried: It was 37 and windy,’’ Reid said. ``I tried to bring our weather here.’’

Sunday was fine for the outside opener for runners. For the ninth straight year, the 40,000 entries sold out; 33,262 finished.

Green was the theme, to extreme: fluorescent green socks; green shorts, shoes, and long-sleeved shirts; and several ``Green Guys’’ in green gear and dark green body paint.

``I was just behind the ``Green Guy’’ for a while,’’ said Uhl, who used male runners in front of her as wind breaks.

Even nature chimed in at the start. Gulls mewed overhead. Red-winged blackbirds trilled in the northwest corner. A lone crow flapped slowly north on Columbus.

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