Completed Kaiser Permanente San Francisco 1/2 Marathon - PR
By arungupta on Feb 01, 2009
|Rank (in age group)||130 of 517|
|Rank (overall)||858 out of 5817|
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!
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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