The 39th running of the San Francisco Marathon crowned a pair of first-time winners Sunday, as Max Haines-Stiles and Tori Tyler were victorious in the men's and women's competitions, respectively.
Haines-Stiles finished the 26.2-mile course in just over two hours and 30 minutes, while Tyler clocked in at just over two hours and 50 minutes, roughly one-tenth of a second behind Anna Bretan's winning time from last year.
Following the competitive race, here are the top 10 finishers in both the men's and women's events, as well as a closer look at how the race played out.
|2016 San Francisco Marathon Men's Finishers|
|2016 San Francisco Marathon Women's Finishers|
|4||Bronwyn van Vugt||3:01.54|
While no one broke records Sunday, the men's marathon featured some intriguing storylines and plenty of drama right down to Haines-Stiles' victory.
Chief among them was the presence of mentalist Oz Pearlman, who gained acclaim on the show America's Got Talent.
Prior to the race, Pearlman posted the following on his Instagram account and seemed determined to make a run at winning the race:
Pearlman came close to accomplishing his goal, finishing less than one second behind Haines-Stiles, but he was unable to overcome a late deficit.
Evan Sernoffsky of the San Francisco Chronicle provided a photo of the top two finishers crossing the finish line:
The excitement regarding the women's race came in the form of Bretan, who opted against taking part after winning in each of the three previous years.
That left the door open for several other talented runners, and as seen in the following image from Sernoffsky, Tyler took advantage:
She had a more comfortable margin of victory than Haines-Stiles, as she finished more than one minute ahead of Joanna Reyes.
Reyes finished third last year, and although she once again fell short of the win, she accomplished plenty in the 2016 edition of the race.
She improved her time by nearly 10 minutes and put herself in position to potentially break through next year if she continues her progress.
Regardless of the results, the San Francisco Marathon was once again a picturesque race that included many of the best sights and sounds the City By the Bay has to offer.
The highlight was a stampede of runners making their way across the world-famous Golden Gate Bridge, and it is among the biggest reasons why the San Francisco Marathon has developed into a destination race for top-notch runners.
With the level of competition continuing to grow with each passing year, the 2016 San Francisco Marathon represented yet another step for one of the fastest-growing distance races in the United States.
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