In another memorable edition of the San Francisco Marathon, August Brautigam won the men’s classification with a time of two hours, 32 minutes and 16 seconds and Anna Bretan won the women’s classification with a time of 2:47:50 in the 2014 edition of the event.
In the 37th edition of the annual race, the top riders automatically qualified for the 2015 Boston Marathon. According to MissionLocal.org, more than 25,000 runners took part in the 26.2-mile battle.
With an incredible backdrop that included the Golden Gate Bridge and Golden Gate Park, fans of marathon running were treated to one of the most unique events in all of sports.
Breaking Down the 2014 San Francisco Marathon
The San Francisco wind wasn’t overwhelming on Sunday morning and the crisp temperatures in the 60s made for ideal conditions for the runners as they attacked the beautiful course.
On the men’s side, the 29-year-old Brautigam from Reno, Nevada, ran one of the best races of his career. His time of 2:32:16 was well off the course record of 2:10:18 set by Simon Kigen in 1984, but he still put together an excellent day.
For the women, the 29-year-old Anna Bretan from Berkeley, California, overcame injuries and tough competition to take the victory. Bretan was also off the record pace of 2:35:33 during the event, which was set in 1979 and matched again in 1991.
|2014 San Francisco Marathon Top Finishers|
|Men's||Gun Time||Women's||Gun Time|
|August Brautigam||2:32:17||Anna Bretan||2:47:51|
|Yosuke Maeda||2:32:42||Devon Yanko||2:49:27|
|Matt Lenehan||2:34:23||Rachel Tobey||3:07:24|
|Peter Harrison||2:34:23||Chelsea Woodward||3:12:34|
|Jon Olsen||2:35:22||Meredith Lorch||3:11:44|
|Jonathan Briskman||2:35:32||Gisele Schaaf||3:12:50|
|Mike Zeberkiewicz||2:38:13||Angela Tieri||3:14:49|
|Osamu Tada||2:38:37||Helen Wright||3:15:13|
|Will Guzick||2:38:57||Krista Seibet||3:14:35|
|Christopher Denucci||2:40:45||Reisel Berger||3:18:37|
When asked about her win, Bretan told Evan Sernoffsky of SFGate.com, “I feel like I just ran a marathon. I wasn't going to run because I took a stumble. But I persevered. I'm really glad I did it.”
The intense action on the course and beautiful scenery of the San Francisco area made this one of the most intriguing marathons of the year in the United States.
The action began at 5:30 a.m. PT and the best runners of the world started their journey to the finish line under the cover of darkness. Much of San Francisco shut down due to the race, and the finish line in front of the Cupid's Bow sculpture on Folsom Street was the perfect backdrop for the most important part of the race.
Excitement surrounding the event was high and the fans came out in droves to support the athletes. The streets were packed with volunteers and supporters who did their best to encourage each and every runner.
With Brautigam and Bretan stealing the show and making a name for themselves, the future of American running looks bright.
*Stats via TheSFMarathon.com.