Completed Kaiser Permanente San Francisco 1/2 Marathon - PR

I completed Kaiser Permanente 1/2 marathon earlier today and the statistics are:

Bib # 2597
Rank (in age group) 130 of 517
Rank (overall) 858 out of 5817
Chip time 1:41:30
Pace 7:45 mins

I'm a happy runner to beat my best time of 8:04 in Silicon Valley 2008.

The top-5 finishers are:



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 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:



And you can certainly watch tweets at twitter.com/arungupta for more pictures.

Here are my timings so far:

Marathon / Half Marathon Total Time Pace
Kaiser Permanente San Francicsco 1/2 2009 1:41:30 7:45
Silicon Valley 1/2 2008 1:45:42 8:04
San Francisco 1/2 2008 1:52:44 8:25
San Francisco Full 2007 4:04:33 9:20
Silicon Valley Full 2006 4:06:57 9:25
San Francisco 1/2 2005 1:48:50 8:18

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

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Comments:

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

Posted by Karmen Lei on February 23, 2009 at 02:19 AM PST #

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

Posted by Arun Gupta on February 23, 2009 at 02:27 AM PST #

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