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Local winners, sold-out field of 25,000 and celebrity runners go by Windy City landmarks
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CHICAGO - (August 1, 2010) - On Sunday morning, greetings from Access Hollywood's Maria Menounos, cow bells clamoring, rocking bands and the cheers from thousands of spectators helped bring Patrick Rizzo, 26, of Schaumburg, Illinois over the Rock 'n' Roll Chicago Half Marathon finish line in 1 hour, 6 minutes, 19 seconds. This was Patrick's first Rock 'n' Roll series win as he had placed second at the Rock 'n' Roll Seattle Half Marathon in 2009 and 2010.

Race morning greeted more than 20,000 runners with warm temperatures that quickly rose with the humidity, and both winners cited the weather as a major challenge in their performances.

"The humidity was the biggest shocker today," said Rizzo. "We went out a little quicker than I'd like and it cost us late in the race. About six miles in, we hit a hill and I knew that was the breakpoint or I was done for." Instead, he quickly took the lead and held it to the finish.

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