I screeched into a parking space and hustled to the starting line, just in time to see Wave 1 headed the other way. Oops! Luckily, the SF Marathon is such a polished event these days that D-Tag’s are standard, and they happily escorted me to the Wave 2 corral. The bulk of the ~6,000 runners were in this group, and everyone was stoked that the weather was an ideal 60 degrees and sunny. They counted us down, and we were off!
|(Heading across the Marina)|
|(A two man race by mile 8)|
|(We do a big loop in GG Park)|
|(Art from the Haight)|
|(The girls help me with training)|
Michael Wardian (3rd today in 2:30:18) and Ian Sharman (16th in 2:45:38, AG win) are at the elite finish tent, and we all load up on great food from Perry’s Embarcadero. Francois Lhuissier (1st in 2:25:15) is heads down on his phone, texting his NYC buddies about his win, while Devon Yanko (2nd in 2:52:57) gets a massage and has nothing but great words of encouragement for Anna Bretan (1st in 2:42:26) who swiped Devon’s CR by less than a minute. I rotate in to the post-race massage, taking a little nap as they work their magic.
|(Anna Bretan takes home the win and sets a new CR)|
|(Francois wins by 5 minutes)|
|(Dems my girls!)|