Winter Races Enjoy Warm Weather

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Despite being mid-December, running in Chicago didn’t take a back seat. Two popular races were held over the weekend and both enjoyed surprising weather and speedy times.

The Jingle Bell Run-Chicago and the Fleet Feet Rudolph Ramble were held along nearly identical courses, with both using the same stretch of the lakefront trail in Lincoln Park. Jingle Bell was held Saturday morning as runners prepared for the 5K. The top three spots went to Nate McPherson from Elmhurst in 16:51, Angel Duchi 17:40 and Matthew Schmanski 18:17. While the first three overall finishers were male, the fourth was the first woman to finish as Columba Montes started her impressive weekend with a winning time of 18:42. The Chicagoan beat every other female in the crowd by more than 3 minutes. Following Montes was Erica Shin, 21:44 and Tamara Burns, 22:51.

The Rudolph Ramble stretched the runners out a little more as they took on the 8K course Sunday. With temperatures in the 40s during the race, many in the field had to adjust their typical winter running gear before and even during the race. Local runners dominated the race as Chicagoans took 8 of the top 10 spots. First overall went to Austin Hendrix with a time of 25:51, followed by Damon king in 26:11 and Oak Lawn’s David Janet in 26:13. Montes completed the weekend sweep with another win on Sunday. While the gap between her winning time of 29:51 and second place Rebecca Maier’s 30:47 wasn’t as drastic, the back to back performance was impressive. Third place went to Josey Mintel with a 31:36.

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