The results are in.
Hours after the 2012 San Francisco Marathon concluded, the unofficial results have finally been released.
Nathan Krah crossed the finish line first for the men while Devon Crosby-Helms toasted the women’s field. Krah is a former All-American while Crosby-Helms participated in the U.S. Olympic Trials.
Each runner extended the red, white and blue’s dominance in the event. An American male citizen has now won the San Francisco Marathon seven straight years. American women have won 12 out of the last 13.
Sure, their victories don’t add to Team USA’s medal count in London, but it’s always nice to defend the home turf. Here are the top performers in Sunday’s marathon (via Race Central):
Top 5 Men's Results
Top 5 Women's Results
According to Weather.com, runners weren't held back by the elements on Sunday.
A major story pre-race was focused on the running community “Wear Blue: A Run to Remember.”
Ben Martin of the San Francisco Examiner reported that the group would participate in their own marathon that began at midnight on Sunday before they run city’s marathon. Wear Blue was started by Lisa Hallett to honor her husband, a U.S. soldier who died overseas. She said:
I have found that I identify more as a military spouse and as a runner than I do as a widow. I really value going to Saturday morning Wear Blue runs and being a part of that community and saying, “We’re active, we’re healing in a healthy way.” I want to be a part of a community that really has great pride in our American military.
On Wear Blue’s official website, they say their goals are to, “act as a support network, create a living memorial and bridge the gap between the military and the community.”
I know most people run marathons not as a competition, but as a personal challenge. Well, Wear Blue is a group it’s hard not to root for to finish first.
David Daniels is a featured columnist at Bleacher Report and a syndicated writer.