San Francisco Marathon

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San Francisco Marathon
DateJuly 28, 2019
Location San Francisco, CA
Event typeRoad
DistanceMarathon, Half Marathon, Ultramarathon, and 5K
Established1977
Official site www.thesfmarathon.com

The San Francisco Marathon is an annual USATF-certified road running event held in San Francisco, California that includes a full marathon, two half marathons, an ultramarathon, [1] and a 5K. [2] Except for in 1988, the marathon has been held annually since 1977. [3] The marathon starts and finishes on the Embarcadero near the Ferry Building and crosses the Golden Gate Bridge. [4] It is a qualifying race for the Boston Marathon. [5]

History

The first San Francisco Marathon was organized by the Pamakids Runners Club. [6] Athol Barton, a taxicab driver from Reno, Nevada, won the inaugural on July 10, 1977 in a time of 2:24:59. [3] [7] Fewer than 900 ran this inaugural race. [7] The event's all-time record for marathon finishers came in 1983 with 7,231. [8] An estimated 7,800 runners participated in the various events in 2004 [9] and 11,290 in 2005. [10] This number had increased to approximately 19,000 in 2008 [11] and 21,000 in 2009 [12] The 2009 event was hosted by ultramarathoner Dean Karnazes and Runner's World columnist Bart Yasso. [2]

In 2005, 356 of the 4,873 finishers qualified for Boston. [13] Of the 4,021 finishers in 2006, 277 qualified. [14] 2010's race produced 462 qualifiers [15], 468 runners qualified in 2011 [16], 377 qualified in 2012 [17], and 2016's race produced 296 qualifiers. [18] 2018's race produced 324 Boston Marathon qualifiers. [19]

The purse has also varied from year to year. In 1977, Barton took home a t-shirt for his efforts. [7] When Pete Pfitzinger won in 1986, he earned $5,000 and a new car. [7] Although many top runners were attracted to the $35,000 purse that was offered in 1998 ($10,000 for first place, $5,000 for second place, $2,500 for third place), [20] no prize money was offered from 1999 through 2001. [21] [22] [23] From 2002 to 2004, $10,000 was divided among the winners. [24] [25] [26] Prize money has not been offered since 2005, primarily due to lack of large sponsors. [27] [28] [29]

The 2020 edition of the race was postponed to 2020.11.15 due to the coronavirus pandemic. [30]

Course

The current marathon course forms a loop that starts and finishes on the Embarcadero near the Ferry Building. [2] The course runs past many notable landmarks in San Francisco including Fisherman's Wharf, Aquatic Park, the Golden Gate Bridge, Golden Gate Park, and AT&T Park. [31] The course briefly enters Marin County at the northern end of the Golden Gate Bridge. [32]

The marathon course has undergone a number of changes since its inception. [3] [7] [24] [33] In the late 1980s, the start was moved from Marin County to San Francisco. [34] In 1999, race organizers made a number of changes to make the course faster. [21] That year the course was altered to start and end near the Polo Fields in Golden Gate Park and the run across the Golden Gate Bridge was eliminated. [21] Previous routes have taken the marathon along the Great Highway. [24] In 2002, the start/finish at Golden Gate Park was moved to the Embarcadero. [35]

In popular culture

In 2002, the San Francisco Marathon was the fictionalized backdrop for an episode of Monk entitled "Mr. Monk and the Marathon Man." [36]

Winners [3]

Date Men Country Time Women Country Time Finishers
July 29, 2018 Jorge Maravilla   United States 2:27:56 Bonnie Tran   United States 2:54:09 5242 [37]
July 23, 2017 Jorge Maravilla   United States 2:28:23 Devin McMahon   United States 2:52:49 6510 [38]
July 31, 2016 Max Haines-Stiles   United States 2:30:42 Tori Tyler   United States 2:49:51 6270 [39]
July 26, 2015 Chris Mocko   United States 2:26:22 Anna Bretan   United States 2:49:42 6026 [40]
July 27, 2014 August Brautigam   United States 2:32:17 Anna Bretan   United States 2:47:51 6580 [41]
June 16, 2013 Francois Lhuissier   France 2:25:15 CR Anna Bretan   United States 2:42:26 CR 5827 [42]
July 29, 2012 Nathan Krah   United States 2:26:44 Devon Crosby-Helms   United States 2:44:02 6494 [43]
July 31, 2011 Michael Wardian   United States 2:27:06 Emily Field   United States 2:50:24 6020 [44]
July 25, 2010 Keith Bechtol   United States 2:23:28 Emily Hardin   United States 2:51:54 5992 [45]
July 26, 2009 Andrew Cook   United States 2:26:32 Yoko Shibui   Japan 2:46:34 5101 [46]
August 3, 2008 Chad Worthen   United States 2:31:52 Lauren Gustafson   United States 2:52:33 4,354 [47] 4,447 [48]
July 29, 2007 Andrew Cook   United States 2:25:57 Yolanda Flamino   United States 2:43:41 4,250 [49] 4,275 [50]
July 30, 2006 Andrew Cook   United States 2:26:46 Julia Stamps   United States 2:54:55 4,021 [14] [51] 4,062 [50]
July 31, 2005 Tony Torres   United States 2:31:57 Sarah Hallas   United States 2:56:55 4,869 [50] 4,873 [13] [52] 4,918 [10]
August 1, 2004 John Weru   Kenya 2:33:41 Susan Loken   United States 2:50:21 2,665 [50] [53]
July 27, 2003 Patrick Kamau   Kenya 2:35:11 Lucy Carr   United States 3:02:00 1,891 [54]
July 28, 2002 Nate Bowen   United States 2:31:46 Magdalena Lewy   United States 2:50:11 1,920 [55]
July 8, 2001 Vytautas Ezerskis   Lithuania 2:30:53 Micha Lowe   United States 3:12:10 2,249 [56]
July 9, 2000 Michael Buchanan   United States 2:32:49 Lisa Murphy   United States 3:08:15 2,345 [57]
July 11, 1999 Brad Hawthorne   United States 2:24:36 Patti Smith   United States 3:09:44
July 12, 1998 Hamid Oubadriss   France 2:23:54 Salina Chirchir   Kenya 2:45:36
July 13, 1997 Hamid Miloudi   Algeria 2:26:49 Kristen Orre   United States 3:02:33
July 14, 1996 Brad Lael   United States 2:37:27 Margee Brown   United States 2:57:45
July 9, 1995 Hector Lopez   Mexico 2:23:38 Lisa Kelp   United States 2:51:12
July 31, 1994 Patrick Muturi   Kenya 2:17:34 Karolina Szabo   Hungary 2:44:34
July 18, 1993 Driss Dacha   Morocco 2:20:02 Tatiana Titova   Russia 2:40:32
August 30, 1992 Sergio Jimenez   Mexico 2:16:44 Irina Bogachova   Kyrgyzstan 2:36:54
June 23, 1991 Daniel Martinez   United States 2:15:31 Lesley Ann Lehane   United States 2:35:33
July 1, 1990 Antonio Niemczak   Poland 2:13:48 Janis Klecker   United States 2:39:52
July 9, 1989 Ernest Tjela   Lesotho 2:15:01 Stephanie Robertson   United States 3:09:08
1988 not held
July 19, 1987 Mehmet Terzi   Turkey 2:14:07 Eileen Claugus   United States 2:39:02
July 20, 1986 Pete Pfitzinger   United States 2:13:29 Maria Trujillo   United States 2:37:58
July 21, 1985 Ric Sayre   United States 2:15:07 Kersti Jakobsen   Denmark 2:38:04
August 19, 1984 Simeon Kigen   Kenya 2:10:18 Katy Laetsch   United States 2:35:56
July 24, 1983 Pete Pfitzinger   United States 2:14:45 Janis Klecker   United States 2:35:44 7,231 [8]
July 11, 1982 Miguel Tibaduiza   Colombia 2:14:32 Nancy Ditz   United States 2:44:05
July 12, 1981 Harold Schulz   United States 2:15:17 Laurie Binder   United States 2:38:04
July 13, 1980 Antonio Ramirez   United States 2:18:15 Joann Dahlkoetter   United States 2:43:20
July 8, 1979 John Moreno   United States 2:18:54 Carol Young   United States 2:49:46
July 9, 1978 Steven Palladino   United States 2:21:15 Sue Petersen   United States 2:50:15
July 10, 1977 Athol Barton   New Zealand 2:24:59 Tena Harms   United States 2:53:20
  • CR = course record since the addition of the Golden Gate Bridge out and back [58]
Countries Winners Represented
Country Male Female Total
  United States 25 34 59
  Kenya 4 1 5
  Mexico 2 0 2
  Algeria 1 0 1
  Colombia 1 0 1
  Denmark 0 1 1
  France 1 0 1
  Hungary 0 1 1
  Japan 0 1 1
  Kyrgyzstan 0 1 1
  Lesotho 1 0 1
  Lithuania 1 0 1
  Morocco 1 0 1
  New Zealand 1 0 1
  Poland 1 0 1
  Russia 0 1 1
  Turkey 1 0 1

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