As an avid runner and a Bank of America Merrill Lynch executive, John Hesselmann has multiple reasons to be excited when the weather starts to get warm. "The best thing about springtime in Chicago is seeing other runners out on the lakefront path," he says. "And running the Bank of America Shamrock Shuffle 8K race sponsored by Bank of America, of course!"
Hesselmann, the Head of Specialized Industries at Bank of America Merrill Lynch, is a six-year veteran of the race. Hesselmann feels there is no better place to run than the city of Chicago.
For the longtime running enthusiast, the Bank of America Shamrock Shuffle 8K marks the beginning of his race season. He encourages other runners to see this year's race the same way: as a great opportunity to get out, stretch your legs, and see what you are capable of — especially since the Shamrock Shuffle can serve as a great prelude to the Bank of America Chicago Marathon, which will be run on October 9th this year.
The Bank of America Shamrock Shuffle 8K is always so much fun because there’s so much variety out there – wild costumes, runners of every age, and all skill levels.
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Hesselmann’s favorite Shuffle memory was battling sleet, snow and wind at the starting line a few years ago. Socks and shoes were soaked prior to taking one stride. "Even though the weather was awful, we had a blast," said John. "The Bank of America Shamrock Shuffle 8K is always so much fun because there’s so much variety out there – wild costumes, runners of every age, and all skill levels."
Hesselmann also says the Shamrock Shuffle is not simply about the running; to him, it's also about the spirit of camaraderie and teamwork demonstrated by Bank of America Chicago employees. This year, more than 300 hundred Bank of America employees will run and dozens will volunteer at the finish line, helping to distribute medals to all participants. It’s a great finish to a great race for all the runners and the city.