Kenyans dominate 96th annual Bay to Breakers
Man dies at finish line
Kenyan John Korir, at the start of the 96th annual Bay to Breakers
footrace, took first place across the Ocean Beach finish line
with a time of 34 minutes and 44 seconds.
(More photos below the fold)
By Ari Barak
May 20, 2007
The 96th annual Bay to Breakers 12-kilometer footrace across
San Francisco was won this morning by Kenya's John Korir, race
Korir, 31, crossed the finish line at Ocean Beach with a time
of 34 minutes and 44 seconds.
A 53-year old man died at the end of the race, according to race
officials. Identified as Joe Spinale of El Cerrito by the San
Francisco Medical Examiner's office, Spinale reportedly collapsed
at the finish line just after 9:00 a.m.
The first female runner to cross the finish line was Edna Kiplagat,
also of Kenya, with a time of 38 minutes and 55 seconds.
This year marked the first time a woman has been first across
the Bay to Breakers finish line, according to race spokeswoman
Katherine Ambellan. Kiplagat, 27, actually finished just ahead
of Korir because the women are given an approximately 5-minute
head start, Ambellan said.
Five of the top seven male finishers hail from Kenya; and of
the top three female finishers, five of the top 10 are also from
John Mentzer, 30, of Monterey, finished eighth for the men with
a time of 36 minutes and 38 seconds; and Tommy Greenless, 25,
of Walnut Creek, finished tenth with a time of 36 minutes and
Magdalena Lewy-Boulet, 33, of Oakland, finished seventh for the
women with a time of 41 minutes and 44 seconds.
An estimated 60,000 runners, many in costumes, participated today
in San Francisco's popular and colorful race, which begins at
the Embarcadero in downtown San Francisco and winds across the
city and through Golden Gate Park before finishing at the Pacific
Mayor Gavin Newsom, striking a San Francisco Bay to Breakers pose
at the start of the race, said he would run as long and as far
as his injured hip would allow.
Luke Thomas contributed to this report.
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