San Francisco marathon results are in!
By Caitilin McAdoo, Bay City News Service
July 30, 2006
SAN FRANCISCO (BCN) - More than 15,000 runners laced
up their sneakers early this morning and started off in the 26.2-mile
San Francisco Marathon, two companion half marathons and a five-kilometer
The full-marathon route took runners from the Ferry Building
at the Embarcadero, west through Fisherman's Wharf and past the
fishing boat marina. Runners then traveled along the water through
Bay Aquatic Park and up Fort Mason hill.
Runners then continued west along the Marina, by Crissy Field
in the Presidio and across the Golden Gate Bridge. Crowds of runners
then looped around Vista Point and returned back over the bridge
and back through the Presidio. They then went south through the
Richmond District and west through Golden Gate Park. From the
park, runners turned east through the Haight Ashbury neighborhood
along Haight Street and into the Mission District and Potrero
Hill. The course then ended where it started -- in front of the
Andrew Cook, 25, of Denton, Texas took first place in the men's
category, completing the entire race in just 2 hours, 26 minutes,
According to race officials, this was the fastest mark in the
San Francisco Marathon since 1999.
Cook recorded his personal best marathon at 2:19:48 at the Austin
Marathon in February, a mark that qualified him for the 2008 USA
Men's Olympic Marathon Trials.
Julia Stamps, 27, of New York City, took first place in the women's
category, completing the race in 2:54:55. Stamps is a former Santa
Rosa High School and Stanford University track and field standout,
according to race officials. She is also a three-time California
State High School Cross Country champion.
Both winners are first-time winners at the marathon distance,
race officials reported.
The defending champion in the men's race today was Tony Torres,
28, of Cedar Glen, who came in second with a time of 2:32:40.
Darren Benson, 32, of Australia came in third in 2:34:21.
In the women's category, 25-year-old Chloe Glare of Menlo Park
took the runner-up spot in 3:05:31. Melanie Bos, 33, of Kelowna,
British Columbia, finished the race in 3:10:25 to claim third
place. Jeff Ambos, 44, of Riverside, won the men's title in the
master's race (age 40 and over) and placed fifth overall with
a total time of 2:41:17. Nellie Toner, 40, of Perris won the women's
master's race in 3:29:45.
Winners from the first half-marathon, which covered the first
13.1 miles of the course, were 17-year-old John Yatsko of Tempe,
Ariz. in 1:15:33 and 27-year-old Angela Strange of San Francisco
in 1:26:11. Mark Batres, 21, of Rowland Heights won the second
half marathon in the men's race, in 1:08:09. Betsy Keever, 32,
of San Francisco, took first place in the women's second half-marathon
Jordon Kinley, 22, of San Francisco won the men's title in the
5K race. Allie Bigelow, 33, of Oakland won the women's 5K title.
San Francisco Mayor Gavin Newsom also attended the day's events.
The event's Cause to Run program has raised $250,000 for more
than 50 local charities since 2003, according to race officials.
This year's San Francisco Marathon was sponsored by JetBlue Airways,
Hyatt Regency, Organs 'R' Us, Cytomax and Zone Perfect.
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