Photo: Victah Sailer
London suffered under grey skies — and race morning started wet — but the 7th edition of this already classic race offered several uplifting moments. Like when unheralded local runner Phil Wicks, doggedly tracking Olympic Marathon Champion Stefano Baldini over most of the race, drew up to his shoulder and presumed to overtake. It took all of Baldini's Olympic qualities to pull back lost ground, and kick home to win by 30m. In the women's race World no.2 Hilda Kibet had a comfortable victory after her cousin, world leader Lornah Kiplagat, suffered a strained calf muscle in the first few hundred metres of the race, and had to forfeit.
These front runners were backed up by more than 20,000 others, who filed over the race start at Hyde Park Corner. They swooped down Piccadilly for the first kilometre, along Pall Mall and across Trafalgar Square for the second, and then ran downriver along the Embankment to make the turn at 4.5km. By this point Baldini led Phil Wicks by 20m, and Simon Tonui was significantly further in arrears.
Several tight turns make the course more interesting and scenic, but less favourable for fast times. Runners loop back close to St Paul's Cathedral before retracing their steps along the Embankment past Cleopatra's Needle at 7km, the London Eye and as far as Big Ben. An out-back section over Westminster Bridge during the ninth kilometre then precedes the run-in to the Whitehall finish — just a hundred metres past the gates to Downing Street, where the British Prime Minister resides.
Wicks caught Baldini before 8km was passed on Westminster Bridge, and still held the advantage with a kilometre to run, but Baldini then unleashed a kick which drew him comfortably clear over the final 500m. He had enough confidence to accept the vintage 1948 Olympic torch 50m before the finish line, and carry it home. In another five years, an updated torch will be carried along these same streets in the final stages of preparations for the 2012 Olympics to be held in London. The Olympic Marathon itself will most likely be held over a lap course very similar to that offered by the British 10km London.
Hilda Kibet's victory was sealed much earlier in the race, as Lornah Kiplagat defaulted. Former World Marathon Champion Catherine Ndereba was never able to match the speed of a 10km specialist like Kibet. Likewise, former 2:25 marathon runner Banuela Katesigwa lacked the pace to latch on to the front runner, and finished in a very detached third place, still well ahead of the domestic competition.
MEN: 1 Stefano BALDINI ITA 29:27 2 Phil WICKS GBR 29:33 3 Simon TONUI KEN 30:25 4 John NDAYISENGA BDI 31:09 5 Andres JONES GBR 31:36 6 Jason SIMPSON GBR 31:39 7 Peter TUCKER GBR 31:42 8 Darren FOWLIE GBR 31:53 9 Andrew DAVIES GBR 32:30 10 Graham BROOK GBR 32:42 WOMEN: 1 Hilda KIBET KEN 32:34 2 Catherine NDEREBA KEN 33:11 3 Banuela KATESIGWA TAN 35:31 4 Catherine WILDING GBR 37:08 5 #12578 GBR 38:35
It was a Japanese double as Toyokazu Yoshimura and Ayumi Hayashi took the men's and women's crowns in almost perfect running conditions, on a day when a record 16,200 people participated across all events, coming from 30 countries and every Australian state and territory.
Not since Yuko Yamazoe and Hajime Nakatomi won in 1994 had Japan supplied both winners, but this year's double was captured by the event's largest ever contingent of Japanese media, beaming the news to an audience of 40 million. New Zealand's Ben Ruthe took second place in his debut marathon while journeyman Tanzanian, Oswald Revelian improved on previous fifth and sixth placings in the Gold Coast event to claim third. Hayashi won by a full eight minutes, ahead of marathon debutant Lindsey Scherf.
Men's winner Yoshimura said: "My family came to Australia with me to encourage me and give me support — I know they would have been cheering me on the whole way". For second-placer Ruthe this race was all new: "It was the first time I've run more than 21km so that was something else", but third-placed Oswald Revelian was philosophical, revealing that he had been in the country less than six hours before facing the starting gun. Race favourite Gemechu Woyecha finished several minutes in arrears of the winner and out of the top 10 after losing touch with the lead pack at 37km.
Queenslander Scott Brittain claimed the State Marathon title, and will represent the Gold Coast Airport Marathon at next year's Senshu International Marathon in Osaka, Japan. Women's winner Hayashi said she enjoyed her first journey overseas. "It was a lot of fun; I definitely want to come back next year and defend my title," she said.
And next year things will only get better: "We can't predict what the 30th anniversary numbers will be in 2008, given the great increase we had this year, but we are standing by to host another huge event.
MEN: 1 Toyokazu YOSHIMURA JPN 2:20:07 2 Ben RUTHE NZL 2:20:46 3 Oswald REVILIAN TAN 2:20:48 4 Matt DRAVITZKI NZL 2:21:29 5 Scott MC TAGGART AUS 2:23:30 6 Yahuza YAHUZA INA 2:24:47 7 Mark JACKSON AUS 2:25:48 8 Antony RICKARDS AUS 2:28:39 9 Damien ANGUS AUS 2:29:00 10 Justin NOONAN AUS 2:30:57 WOMEN: 1 Ayumi HAYASHI JPN 2:33:22 2 Lindsey SCHERF AUS 2:41:22 3 Lauren SHELLEY AUS 2:42:21 4 Melanie BURKE NZL 2:46:10 5 Jennifer GILLARD AUS 2:47:48 6 Tracey CLISSOLD NZL 2:49:14 7 Lisa DICK AUS 2:49:23 8 Eliza MAYGER AUS 2:49:32 9 Jenny WICKHAM AUS 2:50:18 10 Reiko KOBAYASHI JPN 2:50:36 HALF MARATHON: MEN: 1 Patrick NYANGELO TAN 1:03:00 2 Brett CARTWRIGHT AUS 1:03:04 3 Hiraku FUJII JPN 1:03:45 WOMEN: 1 Lisa-Jane WEIGHTMAN AUS 1:12:02 2 Mai ENDO JPN 1:12:17 3 Mayumi FUJITA JPN 1:14:22 The SOUL 10km Run: MEN: 1 Michael SHELLEY AUS 29:54 2 Ben ST LAWRENCE AUS 30:09 3 Courtney ATKINSON AUS 30:19 WOMEN: 1 Helen STANTON AUS 35:05 2 Ashleigh GENTLE AUS 35:30 3 Emma JACKSON AUS 35:32
2 JULY 2007: Stage 1 (37km)
The 100 Miles of Namib Desert race takes place in the oldest and most beautiful desert in the world writes Sharon Kovar. This year was the 4th edition and among the 18 participants nine countries are represented: Italy, USA, Croatia, Germany, France, Namibia, Czech Republic, Great Britain and Argentina.
Severe winds blew up overnight and continued into race morning, making the first stage a challenge for all. But the group was enthusiastic and the race started promptly at 08:00. After 15km the winds died down, easing the mountain ascent.
The terrain was varied with many climbs and descents. The wind covered the trail with a layer of fine sand and in the final stages runners had to navigate down a steep trail covered in loose rocks. At first everyone stayed close together but after 6km, Massimo Russo took a definite lead, followed by Luciano Morandin. A chasing group of four runners stayed together, including Sharon Kovar from USA, Tiziano Zito from Italy, Gerard Verdenet from France and Ramon Abdala from Argentina. A small distance behind was Mirjana Kmacic, who finished a few minutes behind Kovar. This year, there were strong performances by Giuseppe Radaelli from Italy and Claudia Gerling from Germany.
MEN: 1 Massimo RUSSO ITA 3:10:52 2 Luciano MORANDIN ITA 3:32:20 3 Gerard VERDENET FRA 3:46:14 4 Tiziano ZITO ITA 3:49:04 5 Ramon ABDALA ARG 3:51:08 6 Giuseppe RADAELLI ITA 4:00:39 7 Marc PERIER FRA 4:39:18 8 Neil SCHOFIELD GBR 4:45:16 9 Marco BIANCHI ITA 5:11:29 10 Claudio CAPTANO ITA 6:36:00 WOMEN: 1 Sharon KOVAR USA 3:48:14 2 Miriana KMACIC CRO 3:52:10 3 Ivana PILAROVA CZE 4:18:43 4 Claudia GERLING GER 4:29:29 5 Nicki BRAINE GBR 4:45:16 6 Maria Luisa MALVESTITI ITA 5:52:09
3 JULY 2007: Stage 2, Sesriem Canyon (20km)
In the past this stage has usually been the easiest, but when the race started at 08:00 the wind was still strong and runners were headed into it for the first 10km. After the first water station they entered the Sesriem Canyon. Although the rocks of the river bed underfoot make the canyon difficult, it is breathtaking scenery — and sheltered from the wind.
Runners in this race have a strong spirit for the competition, and every stage is a new race. Among the men Massimo Russo continues to dominate, ahead of the determined Luciano Morandin. Tiziano Zito and Gerard Verdenet from France are vying for third place, with Zito taking that position in this stage. Sharon Kovar finished third overall on this stage, and remains in first position for the women ahead of Mirjana Kmacic.
MEN: 1 Massimo RUSSO ITA 1:45:33 2 Luciano MORANDIN ITA 1:50:24 3 Tiziano ZITO ITA 1:57:49 4 Gerard VERDENET FRA 2:02:12 5 Ramon ABDALA ARG 2:03:14 6 Giuseppe RADAELLI ITA 2:03:41 7 Alfeus HAUSONA NAM 2:12:28 8 Marc PERIER FRA 2:14:02 9 Neil SCHOFIELD GBR 2:16:52 10 Antonio GASSA ITA 2:17:12 WOMEN: 1 Sharon KOVAR USA 1:57:49 2 Mirjana KMACIC CRO 1:58:11 3 Ivana PILAROVA CZE 2:08:56 4 Claudia GERLING GER 2:13:50 5 Nicki BRAINE GBR 2:16:52 6 Maria Luisa MALVESTITI ITA 2:50:27
4 JULY 2007: Stage 3, Sunset Run (15km)
This stage is more about the chance to run into the beautiful Namibia sunset than about the overall competition.
Tonight's run was was a spectacular journey with no wind but with a breathtaking view of the sunset. The first 6km was a steady climb on a sandy trail up towards the mountains, and the remaining 9km was a descent back down to the lodge. The runners finished with candles lighting their way in the Namibian night.
MEN: 1 Massimo RUSSO ITA 1:20:11 2 Luciano MORANDIN ITA 1:20:11 3 Tiziano ZITO ITA 1:22:25 4 Giuseppe RADAELLI ITA 1:23:01 5 Ramon ABDALA ARG 1:24:45 6 Gerard VERDENET FRA 1:28:25 7 Alfeus HAUSONA NAM 1:36:54 8 Marc PERIER FRA 1:41:18 9 Neil SCHOFIELD GBR 1:44:19 10 Antonio GASSA ITA 2:03:53 WOMEN: 1 Sharon KOVAR USA 1:22:25 2 Mirjana KMACIC CRO 1:23:34 3 Claudia GERLING GER 1:30:46 4 Ivana PILAROVA CZE 1:30:54 5 Nicki BRAINE GBR 1:41:18 6 Maria Luisa MALVESTITI ITA 2:05:51
4 JULY 2007: Stage 4, Marathon
In the Namib Desert 100 miles, the marathon is truly a marathon. It started at 08:00 at the foot of the Helim Dune in perfect conditions…sun, good temperature and little wind.
Most of the stage took place in a pristine part of the Namib desert that is closed to the general public.
Permits are only given at one time of the year, specifically for this race. Even though the course is difficult, the runners all experience the sensation of running a marathon over ground specially reserved for them.
Massimo Russo and Luciano Morandin ran side by side. In the second group, Zito, Adbala, Kovar, Kmacic, Radaelli, and Pilarova ran together, in single file, for the first half. Third position in the men's race and overall female winner are still open to contest. Zito challenged Verdenent from France who had a difficult stage, and in the women's category, Kmacic challenged Kovar, who did not run at 100%.
The sun was strong in the second half and the terrain sharply undulating throughout, anticipating the Big Dune of the final stage.
MEN: 1 Luciano MORANDIN ITA 4:06:37 2 Massimo RUSSO ITA 4:06:40 3 Ramon ABDALA ARG 4:36:49 4 Tiziano ZITO ITA 4:38:34 5 Andrew KAZENNDJA NAM 4:55:19 6 Giuseppe RADAELLI ITA 5:06:52 7 Neil SCHOFIELD GBR 5:20:16 8 Gerard VERDENET FRA 5:51:06 9 Alfeus HAUSONA NAM 5:52:01 10 Marc PERIER FRA 6:32:28 WOMEN: 1 Mirjana KMACIC CRO 4:17:28 2 Sharon KOVAR USA 4:38:34 3 Ivana PILAROVA CZE 4:40:09 4 Claudia GERLING GER 4:55:45 5 Nicki BRAINE GBR 5:55:29 6 Maria Luisa MALVESTITI ITA 6:55:29
5 JULY 2007: Stage 5, The Crazy Dune (26km)
A perfect temperature and no wind greeted runners for the final stage held in the Sossouvlei area. Runners climb to the top of the "Crazy Dune", the most famous and highest (300m) dune in the world, to reach the check point.
Beginning at 08:30 in front of "Dune 45", the most-photographed dune in Namibia, the first 15km were run between the dunes on a gravel road that was rocky but flat. After traversing a dead "vlei" or lake runners then proceded through the dunes towards the "Crazy Dune".
Massimo Russo and Luciano Morandin commanded the lead, followed by the next group with Zito, Kovar, Kazandjan, Kmacic, Abdala. Russo then lost his direction before the water point, but Morandin — 20 minutes behind him in the overall standings — not only notified the race director that Russo was off course but also waited for Russo to catch him up, showing admirable sportsmanship. Mirjana Kmacic ran strongly to win this final stage ahead of Sharon Kovar, and both of the delayed male leaders.
MEN: 1 Luciano MORANDIN ITA 3:14:21 2 Ramon ABDALA ARG 3:15:14 3 Massimo RUSSO ITA 3:15:25 4 Tiziano ZITO ITA 3:16:39 5 Giuseppe RADAELLI ITA 3:16:50 6 Neil SCHOFIELD GBR 4:07:52 7 Alfeus HAUSONA NAM 4:07:52 8 Gerard VERDENET FRA 4:26:52 9 Marc PERIER FRA 4:39:00 10 Carlo BIANCHI ITA 4:50:28 WOMEN: 1 Mirjana KMACIC CRO 3:10:06 2 Sharon KOVAR USA 3:16:39 3 Ivana PILAROVA CZE 3:20:31 4 Claudia GERLING GER 3:22:24 5 Nicki BRAINE GBR 3:24:24 6 Maria Luisa MALVESTITI ITA 4:25:38
OVERALL RESULT: MEN: 1 Massimo RUSSO ITA 13:38:41 2 Luciano MORANDIN ITA 14:03:53 3 Tiziano ZITO ITA 15:04:31 4 Ramon ABDALA ARG 15:11:10 5 Giuseppe RADAELLI ITA 15:51:03 6 Gerard VERDENET FRA 17:34:49 7 Neil SCHOFIELD GBR 18:14:35 8 Marc PERIER FRA 19:46:06 9 Carlo BIANCHI ITA 21:53:44 10 Alfeus HAUSONA NAM 22:25:15 WOMEN: 1 Mirjana KMACIC CRO 14:41:29 2 Sharon KOVAR USA 15:04:14 3 Ivana PILAROVA CZE 15:59:13 4 Claudia GERLING GER 16:32:14 5 Nicki BRAINE GBR 17:13:51 6 Maria Luisa MALVESTITI ITA 22:09:34
The German mountain running specialist Helmut Schiessl recorded the second fastest time ever for this challenging race, behind three-time winner Billy Burns' fastest time (set in 2005). Last year's women's winner, ultra runner Lizzy Hawker, who comes from the extremely flat environment of Cambridge (GBR), defended her title and set a new course record, beating her own time of last year by over 4 minutes (3:36:34). She is the standout favourite to win the 1st Mountain Marathon Cup, which is awarded for the first time in 2007 for the best aggregate time over the three events held in Liechtenstien, Zermatt and Jungfrau. With her victories in the LGT Marathon Liechtenstein and in Zermatt, she only has yet to perform in the Jungfrau Marathon, to be held on 8 September.
There were 1300 entrants for the 6th edition of this testing uphill race from St Niklaus to Riffelberg — a new participation record, and up 30% from last year. From its modest beginnings in 2002, with 200 runners, the Zermatt Marathon has already established itself amongst the front-running events of the mountain marathon movement.
MEN: 1 Helmut SCHIESSEL GER 3:06.32 2 Gerd FRICK AUT 3:08:08 3 Tim SHORT GBR 3:12:39 4 Max FREI GER 3:13:26 5 Saul PADUA COL 3:14:07 6 Mohamad AHANSAL GER 3:20:45 7 Karl JOHL SUI 3:20:46 8 Urs JENZER SUI 3:25:19 9 Ranta VELI-MATTI FIN 3:26:41 10 Remo RUF SUI 3:28:02 WOMEN: 1 Lizzy HAWKER GBR 3:32:49 2 Claudia LANDOLT SUI 3:40:53 3 Britta MEULLER GER 3:56:51 4 Ruth GAVIN-SCHNEIDER SUI 3:57:38 5 Nathalie ETZENSPERGER SUI 4:04:01 6 Christine REIMANN SUI 4:09:06 7 Claire BOLAY SUI 4:10:32 8 Silvia HAAB-HERGER SUI 4:17:09 9 Mariette BRUNNER SUI 4:17:52 10 Barbara TASSANI-PRELL GER 4:19:23
MEN: 1 Ken MYERS CAN 2:33:45 2 Royd BURKART CAN 2:39:54 3 Dennis COLBURN CAN 2:40:57 4 Vincent PIALOUX CAN 2:42:59 5 Brendan LUNTY CAN 2:50:01 6 Kevin MORGANS CAN 2:50:33 7 Daniel DOUPOVEC CAN 2:55:32 8 David FLECK CAN 2:58:21 9 Daniel GALLANT USA 2:59:00 10 Paul BOURGEAULT CAN 3:03:53 WOMEN: 1 Amanda MCLEOD CAN 2:58:46 2 Melissa KALYN CAN 3:04:55 3 Tammy SLUSSER USA 3:05:46 4 Tania CRANE-HANNA CAN 3:11:10 5 Andrea RICE CAN 3:17:42 6 Amy GOLUMBIA CAN 3:18:24 7 Joylin NODWELL CAN 3:23:22 8 Jenee MEALEY CAN 3:26:33 9 Joanne GUPPY CAN 3:29:32 10 Sheila MCPHERSON CAN 3:29:42 HALF MARATHON: MEN: 1 Simon NJOROGE KEN 1:07:42 2 Benard ONSARE KEN 1:09:37 3 Jason WARICK CAN 1:10:29 WOMEN: 1 Lioudmila KORTCHAGUINA CAN 1:16:44 2 Lisa HARVEY CAN 1:21:55 3 Erin SASK CAN 1:28:14
Nearly 3000 people participated in all five events, which included a 5km run/walk (370 finishers) and Half Marathon walk, as well as the competitive Half Marathon (994 women and 622 men finished) and Marathon (150 women and 250 men) — which also included a relay event attracting 79 teams of four runners each.
In the women's marathon Larisa Mikhaylova beat the two-year old course record by nearly six minutes.
MEN: 1 Paul RUGUT KEN 2:27:35 2 Fritz Van DE KAMP 2:41:25 3 Ron YOUNG 2:46:34 4 Jeremiah MUSHEN 2:49:20 5 James MOORE 2:52:48 6 Cliff RICHARDS 2:53:06 7 Rian BEACH 2:54:38 8 Reed LYON 2:55:17 9 Louis VIAMONTE 2:58:22 10 Eduardo VAZQUEZ 3:00:38 WOMEN: 1 Larisa MIKHAYLOVA 2:53:21 2 Marlene FARRELL 2:58:48 3 Trisha STEIDL USA 3:00:58 4 Annie THIESSEN 3:15:41 5 Marisa RUHTER 3:15:57 6 Leslie NYBERG 3:23:40 7 Carol FINN 3:24:02 8 Lindsay BURT 3:24:41 9 Jeanne HARSHBARGER 3:33:01 10 Johnna KOENIG 3:33:08 HALF MARATHON: MEN: 1 Celedonio RODRIGUEZ 1:07:00 2 Uli STEIDL USA 1:07:06 3 Mark MANDI 1:08:31 WOMEN: 1 Malika MEGDOVB 1:18:45 2 Claudia COLITA 1:19:45 3 Erika DALIGCON 1:24:01
MEN: 1 Jan PETERSEN DEN 3:22:06 2 Javier GARCIA ESP 3:44:15 3 Gorka LEAL ESP 3:54:42 4 Bjarne JENSEN DEN 4:06:06 5 Padma TUNDUP IND 4:12:48 6 Fayaz IQBAL IND 4:14:26 WOMEN: 1 Lykke Panduro ANDERSEN DEN 4:36:57 2 Deborah WOODHEAD AUS 5:08:58 3 Robin MEADOWS AUS 5:09:00 HALF MARATHON MEN: 1 Anthony MCCAUL IRL 1:50:12 2 Richard ADAMS GBR 1:51:16 3 Lobzang GIGMAT IND 1:59:42 WOMEN: 1 Alexis LAMB USA 2:02:40 2 Kathy LOPER USA 2:25:39 3 Birgith WIISBYE DEN 2:42:16
MEN: 1 Jonas BUUD SWE 6:03:02 2 Grigory MURZIN RUS 6:07:12 3 Mohamed AHANSAL MAR 6:19:57 4 Olivier BERNHARD SUI 6:29:57 5 Patrick BRENNER SUI 6:33:23 6 Thomas DR MIKSCH GER 6:33:56 7 Tobias BRACK GER 6:33:57 8 Giorgio CALCATERRA ITA 6:36:23 9 Jerome CHALLIER FRA 6:57:48 10 Jez BRAGG GBR 6:59:15 WOMEN: 1 Elizabeth HAWKER GBR 6:46:15 2 Raffaela FREY SUI 7:20:31 3 Gaby STEIGMEIER SUI 7:29:11 4 Brigitte WOLF SUI 7:32:31 5 Bettina LEIMGRUBER SUI 7:50:40 6 Denise ZIMMERMANN SUI 7:58:56 7 Jeanette DALCOLMO SUI 8:11:04 8 Francesca GUALCO ITA 8:15:52 9 Sabine WEISS GER 8:22:08 10 Daniela H NUSSECK SUI 8:33:30 42.2 km MEN: 1 Koen VAN RIE BEL 3:25:47 2 Anssi RAITTILA FIN 3:29:08 3 Rene FUCHSER SUI 3:29:43 WOMEN: 1 Diana LEHMANN GER 4:06:26 2 Christine REIMANN DEU 4:06:57 3 Bettina SCHELBERT SUI 4:27:51 21.1 km MEN: 1 Martin JOST SUI 1:22:54 2 Beat BLATTLER SUI 1:23:33 3 Markus JOOS SUI 1:25:34 WOMEN: 1 Seraina BOSNER SUI 1:33:39 2 Seraina MISCHOL SUI 1:34:58 3 Jasmin NUNIGE SUI 1:35:51
MEN: 1 Isaac MACHARIA KEN 1:03:40 2 Kimutai KIPLIMO KEN 1:04:00 3 Gobin CONDOR PER 1:04:12 4 Patrick MAKAU KEN 1:05:33 5 Paulino CANCHANYA PER 1:06:19 6 Jose TELLEZ BRA 1:06:45 7 Giovanni AMADOR COL 1:07:00 8 Joseph KAHUGU KEN 1:07:16 9 Herder VASQUEZ COL 1:07:23 10 Constantino LEON PER 1:07:30 WOMEN: 1 Neriah ASIBA KEN 1:16:02 2 Martha RONCERIA COL 1:17:45 3 Susan CHEPKEMEI KEN 1:17:55 4 Yolanda FERNANDEZ COL 1:19:05 5 Lina ARIAS COL 1:22:21 6 Mercedes AGUILAR COL 1:22:56 7 Emily CHEPLEMBO KEN 1:23:31 8 Shewarge AMARE COL 1:24:14 9 10 Johanna ROMERO COL 1:26:26
More than 17000 runners celebrated the 30th birthday of this venerable race writes Mark Winitz. It was the largest marathon ever run in the city, and was held in conjunction with two half marathon events and a 5km run/walk.
Texan Andrew Cook, 26, successfully defended his 2006 title while Yolanda Flamino of Michigan scored a first victory on the hilly course. Both winners got away early in the race. Cook strode away from Michael Wardian on the return leg of an out-and-back tour of the Golden Gate Bridge, after about 15km.
"After I got the lead, I tried to stay calm, and just maintain pace and conserve my energy" said Cook. In overcast and relatively cool conditions, Cook bettered his winning time from last year by 49 seconds.
Competing in only her second-ever marathon, Flamino led the women's race from gun to tape and improved her personal best time from 2:45:19 set at last year's Chicago Marathon. "I did a lot of hill work leading up to this race. I wanted to get a little more marathon experience before the [women's] Olympic marathon trials race." Californian Chloe Glare was runner-up for the second consecutive year.
Californian Linda Somers Smith, age 46 won the accompanying "elite" half marathon, which covers the second half of the full marathon course, while Kelly Fermoyle, a 21-year old from Minnesota, was the male elite half marathon victor. Somers Smith ran her very first marathon in San Francisco back in 1983. "There sure were a lot more people out here than the last time I ran it," she commented.
MEN: 1 Andrew COOK USA 2:25:57 2 Michael WARDIAN USA 2:28:50 3 Justin ZANOTTI USA 2:32:18 4 Mike MOORE USA 2:32:49 5 Chikara OMINE USA 2:37:59 6 Jesus CAMPOS USA 2:41:21 7 Christopher KNORZER USA 2:41:39 8 Christopher BAIN USA 2:42:57 9 Mark PILJA USA 2:43:34 10 Oswaldo NAVA USA 2:44:59 WOMEN: 1 Yolanda FLAMINO USA 2:43:41 2 Chloe GLARE USA 2:57:21 3 Alyssa SHAW USA 3:08:14 4 Jennifer DONNELLY USA 3:12:10 5 Amanda F BURRILL USA 3:13:15 6 Carolyn KOSZALKA USA 3:13:44 7 Becky LOWRENCE USA 3:13:53 8 Karin HANSEN 3:14:49 9 Tana JACKSON USA 3:14:57 10 Stephanie HODGE USA 3:15:49 HALF MARATHON: MEN: 1 Kelly FERMOYLE USA 1:08:08 2 Matt BARNHART USA 1:09:41 3 David SILVER USA 1:11:15 WOMEN: 1 Linda S SMITH USA 1:18:21 2 Betsy KEEVER USA 1:20:02 3 Shaluinn FULLOVE USA 1:20:05
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