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Completed Kaiser Permanente San Francisco 1/2 Marathon - PR

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I completed href="http://blogs.sun.com/arungupta/entry/running_kaiser_permanente_san_francisco">Kaiser
Permanente 1/2 marathon earlier today and the statistics are:



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Bib #2597
Rank
(in age group)
130
of 517
Rank
(overall)
858
out of 5817
Chip
time
1:41:30
Pace7:45
mins



I'm a happy runner to beat my best time of href="http://blogs.sun.com/arungupta/entry/silicon_valley_half_marathon_2008">8:04
in Silicon Valley 2008.



The top-5 finishers are:



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I thoroughly enjoyed the very well organized race. There were close to
9000 runners (the biggest so far in race's history of 26 years) with
over 6000 1/2 marathon runners (record number as well). The parking
lots were packed and so it took a while to find an empty spot. But
after that every thing was seamless - boarding the shuttles, pre-race
warm up, mile markers, post-race celebration, flexibility screening,
and every thing else. And the weather certainly cooperated a lot with
beautiful sun shining early in the race. I was certainly over dressed
so had to lug my jacket/gloves with me. Loved the fact that somebody
was announcing the minutes past since guntime at each mile marker -
very personal and useful in my opinion!



Here are couple of possible improvements:
  • Pace groups were very poorly planned. Even though there
    were markers for 5, 6 ad 7 min pace at start line but there certainly
    were some 10 minuters over there. It easily took a mile to filter
    through them. I like the way waves are planned in href="http://runsfm.com">runsfm.com.
  • No race medal :( I don't mind getting charged a few extra
    dollars but give me a race medal, c'mon please!

I'd love to run this race again next year!



And finally here are some pictures:



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And you can certainly watch tweets at href="http://twitter.com/arungupta">twitter.com/arungupta
for more pictures.



Here are my timings so far:



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Marathon
/ Half Marathon
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href="http://blogs.sun.com/arungupta/entry/completed_kaiser_permanente_san_francisco">Kaiser
Permanente San Francicsco 1/2 2009
1:41:307:45
href="http://blogs.sun.com/arungupta/entry/silicon_valley_half_marathon_2008">Silicon
Valley 1/2 2008
1:45:428:04
href="http://blogs.sun.com/arungupta/entry/san_francisco_half_marathon_2008">San
Francisco 1/2 2008
1:52:448:25
href="http://blogs.sun.com/arungupta/entry/san_francisco_marathon_07_finishers">San
Francisco Full 2007
4:04:339:20
href="http://blogs.sun.com/arungupta/entry/completed_my_first_marathon">Silicon
Valley Full 2006
4:06:579:25
href="http://blogs.sun.com/arungupta/entry/my_first_half_marathon">San
Francisco 1/2 2005
1:48:508:18



It seems running 31 days (out of 32 so far) in 2009 is helping :)



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Comments ( 2 )
  • Karmen Lei Monday, February 23, 2009

    Hi Arun,

    I'm going to run the Chicago Marathon this October, will you run that as well? Do you know of other Sun people who will run this marathon?

    Thanks, Karmen


  • Arun Gupta Monday, February 23, 2009

    Karmen, I'll be running San Jose Rock 'n' Roll in October. I don't know of anybody else from Sun running Chicago Marathon.


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