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Chicago Half Marathon: Irishman, Roselle woman tops in South Side race

Updated: September 8, 2013 11:47PM

A local flavor hung with the humidity Sunday morning for the 17th annual Chicago Half Marathon on the South Side.

Thomas Frazer, 31, an Irishman transplanted to Lake Forest, repeated as the men’s champion, while Lindsay Flanagan, 22, of Roselle, made her first half marathon a notable one by winning the women’s side.

Frazer’s finish in 1 hour, 7 minutes, 22 seconds was 10 seconds slower than last year.

“But we have to adjust for the conditions,’’ he said. “What do you expect when you run in near 90 percent humidity. That is not optimum conditions.’’

But Frazer is familiar. He is a permanent resident. His wife is in the Navy. He was familiar enough to run alone.

“No one came with me,’’ said Frazer, who won by more than 2 minutes. “I was hoping for some company.’’

It was 71 degrees with a northerly breeze for the 13.1-mile race, which began and ended in Jackson Park. The bulk of the course was north along the lakefront to 31st Street and back.

“Wind wasn’t a factor,’’ Frazer said. “It was kind of sideways. I would take the heat over the humidity.’’

Next up for him is the Berlin Marathon in three weeks, instead of the Bank of America Chicago Marathon in October.

Flanagan ran with the conditions.

“I was training in this all summer, and it is early enough that it wasn’t too bad,’’ she said.

Flanagan won in 1:16:36, nearly three minutes ahead of the next woman: Kristen Heckert of Lisle (1:19:19).

Flanagan only has track eligibility in the spring remaining at the University of Washington, where she is majoring in public health. So the Lake Park High School grad decided to do her first half marathon this fall.

For most of the race, she ran with a pack of the guys as she tried to get the feel for a half marathon.

“I was lagging back a bit at the beginning, but then I decided to push on through,’’ she said. “I never saw another female.’’

Quote for the event went to Spaniard Julio De Val Gonzalez, who finished second (1:09:26), said, “Chicago is a very, very great city.”

NOTES: Jenna Parker, official triathlete sponsor for Hyundai Hope on Wheels, won the Hyundai Hope on Wheels 5K in 18:30.

◆ An event photographer crossed sports as he emoted, “Hard to believe [Brian] Urlacher is gone,’’ while shooting the finish. A few hour later, a few miles north, the Bears’ opener would begin at Soldier Field.

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