Bank of America Shamrock Shuffle 8K Champions Stephen
Sambu and Alexi Pappas Return for April 3 Event
Historic Chicago Race to Feature Eighth Annual
Deloitte Elite Club 8K Competition
CHICAGO The Bank of
America Shamrock Shuffle 8K announced today that 2015
champions Stephen Sambu (Tucson, Ariz.) and Alexi Pappas
(Eugene, Ore.) will return to the streets of Chicago to
kick off the spring running season and race for repeat
victories. Joining Sambu and Pappas will be some of the
nations most talented club runners, who will be
competing for prize money in the eighth annual Deloitte
Elite Club 8K Competition.
Were excited to welcome Stephen and Alexi back to
Chicago, said Executive Race Director Carey Pinkowski.
With the Shamrock Shuffle, we strive to create a race
that welcomes both Olympic-caliber athletes and
first-time runners. The result is one of the best
running celebrations in the city!
Sambu and Pappas made their Shamrock Shuffle racing
debuts last year with commanding performances, finishing
in 23:03 and 26:32 respectively. Sambus time was the
fastest time run on the course in more than a decade,
and he returns as one of the hottest athletes currently
on the road racing circuit.
Pappas, a creative force to be reckoned with off the
road as a writer and movie producer, continued to climb
the ranks of elite running in 2015 by setting personal
bests in every distance from the mile to 10 miles. She
kicked off her 2016 racing season with a win indoors in
the 3,000m at the Track Town USA High Performance Meet.
On Sunday, April 3 Sambu and Pappas will race against
local and national elite runners competing in the 2016
Deloitte Elite Club 8K Competition. The eighth annual
team competition welcomes mens and womens USATF-member
racing teams from across the country, vying for a
$20,000 prize purse.
Last year, the competition attracted more than 200
athletes and 55 elite running teams from across the
country. For the fourth year in a row, runners from the
Michigan-based Hansons-Brooks Distance Project won both
the mens and womens elite individual titles.
Deloitte is proud to sponsor this great tradition of
racing in Chicago, said Chairman and Chief Executive
Officer of Deloitte Tax LLP Carl Allegretti. The Elite
Club 8K Competition shares in our commitment to
supporting well-being, both personally and
The 2016 race marks the first year of Deloittes title
sponsorship of the elite and open team competitions.
The Deloitte Elite Club 8K Competition is open to all
USATF-member running clubs whose members meet the
event-required qualifying standards. For qualifying
standards, event information and registration details,
About the Bank of America Shamrock Shuffle 8K
Long recognized as an annual rite of spring, a
celebration of St. Patricks Day and the kickoff to the
outdoor running season in Chicago, the 37th annual Bank
of America Shamrock Shuffle 8K takes runners on a scenic
tour of downtown Chicago, starting and finishing in
Grant Park. The race will begin at 8:30 a.m. on Sunday,
April 3, and will conclude with live music at the
traditional Post-Race Party in Grant Park. In advance of
the event, the two-day Bank of America Shamrock Shuffle
8K Health & Fitness Expo will take place at
McCormick Place on Friday, April 1, and Saturday, April
2, featuring more than 80 industry-related exhibitors.
The Health & Fitness Expo is free and open to the
public. For more information about the event and how to
get involved, go to shamrockshuffle.com.
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