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San Francisco Marathon 2014 Results: Men's and Women's Top Finishers

SAN FRANCISCO, CA - JUNE 16:  Runners cross the Golden Gate Bridge during the 2013 San Francisco Marathon and Half-Marathon on June 16, 2013 in San Francisco, California.  (Photo by Ezra Shaw/Getty Images)
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Donald WoodFeatured ColumnistJuly 27, 2014

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'sGun TimeWomen'sGun Time
August Brautigam 2:32:17Anna 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 2:35:22Meredith Lorch 3:11:44
Jonathan Briskman 2:35:32 Gisele Schaaf 3:12:50
Mike Zeberkiewicz 2:38:13Angela Tieri 3:14:49
Osamu Tada 2:38:37 Helen Wright 3:15:13
Will Guzick 2:38:57Krista Seibet 3:14:35
Christopher Denucci 2:40:45Reisel Berger 3:18:37
Source: RunRaceResults.com

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.

 

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