Devin McMahon and Jorge Maravilla won their respective divisions at Sunday's San Francisco Marathon.
McMahon was the top finisher in the women's class, completing the 26.2-mile course in two hours, 52 minutes and 49 seconds. Second-place finisher Kristi Gayagoy was less than two minutes behind.
Maravilla won the men's division with the fastest overall time, crossing the finish line in two hours, 28 minutes and 23 seconds. Semereab Gebrekidan finished second, two minutes and 44 seconds off the pace.
Here is a look at the top times in each division:
1. Jorge Maravilla (2:28:23)
2. Semereab Gebrekidan (2:31:07)
3. Ben Demaree (2:32:10)
4. Andrew Monaghan (2:33:37)
5. Anthony Kunkel (2:34:06)
1. Devin McMahon (2:52:49)
2. Kristi Gayagoy (2:54:29)
3. Meridith Ussery (3:01:13)
4. Paige Yellen (3:05:32)
5. Jadzia Nguyen-Khoa (3:05:52)
Full results courtesy of TheSFMarathon.com.
Though the San Francisco Marathon is not considered one of the marathon majors, it is a popular event because of its unique course and exciting views. The hilly nature of the city also makes for a difficult race.
The event always comes with quality images, most notably of and from the Golden Gate Bridge:
The 5:30 a.m. local time start allowed athletes and spectators to be treated to some exciting sights:
Of the elite athletes, no one was better than Maravilla. The El Salvador native lives in nearby Mill Valley and seemed to get faster as the race went on.
Maravilla took over the lead by the midway point and pulled away from Gebrekidan, finishing with a pace of 5:40 per mile.
"I don't think of myself as an elite athlete; I'm a runner like everybody else," Maravilla said before the race, per Danny Schmidt of the Marin Independent Journal.
He might have to re-evaluate that mindset after this win.
McMahon took a similar path to victory, grabbing a 50-second lead by the 17.1-mile mark. She finished with a pace of 6:36 per mile, but it was her stretch from the 17.1-mile mark to the 23.4-mile mark that won the race, as she pulled away from the field by running 6:11 per mile.
Jill Tucker of the San Francisco Chronicle captured the celebration with the two winners:
While the winners grabbed the headlines, there were more than 27,000 competitors in all, per the race's Twitter account, and finishing was likely a major accomplishment for many.