Winners of Shamrock Shuffle new to race

March 26, 2012 12:22:16 PM PDT
This year's largest timed 8K race in the world is now in the books. Almost 40,000 runners took part in Sunday's Bank of America Shamrock Shuffle.

The race began at 8:30 .m. at Grant Park and went through downtown. Runners ended at a post-race party at Buckingham Fountain.

ABC7 caught up with the male and female winners who have both *never* taken part in this race before

"It was awesome, you know, running in Chicago," said men's winner Abdelazziz Atmani, who finished in 23:18. "The crowd is awesome, you know, running against Abdi Abdirahman, one of the best runners in the U.S. it's pretty good."

"I thought I was going to get third and I was just holding on feeling sorry for myself and coming around the final turn at the last mile, the crowd was so loud, and I just got this surge of energy and made it," said Julia Lucas, who finished in 25:23.

This is the 33rd year for the shamrock shuffle.

Both winners say they would like to come back and run again next year.