Yes, St. Patrick’s Day was weeks ago, but today was the day that thousands came out downtown to run the Shamrock Shuffle.
Runners are coming out of hibernation this weekend for the traditional kickoff to running season in Chicago.
40,000 runners were expected in the Shamrock Shuffle this morning.
The State Street Bridge was reopened after a man threatened to jump into the Chicago River caused traffic to be closed and the Shamrock Shuffle to be rerouted Sunday morning.
More than 34,000 runners have set off on another season of races here in Chicago, at the Shamrock Shuffle downtown on Sunday. While it’s not the first run of 2012, it’s the one that seems to get things started.
A Chicago road race that’s seen rain and snow in the past few years had tens of thousands of runners sweating in the heat.
Officials from the city’s Office of Emergency Management and Communications and the Chicago Fire Department Sunday morning urged residents to prepare for the possibility of “a significant and dangerous outbreak of severe thunderstorms” Sunday night.
As an estimated 30,000 runners race around the Loop Sunday morning in the Bank of America Shamrock Shuffle, expect some street closures and CTA bus reroutes.
Chicago’s first lady was on hand to present an award named after her and her husband to a marathoner who has also gone the distance in fund-raising.