The 12th consecutive running of the Nike Women’s Half Marathon in San Francisco kicked off at 6:30 a.m. on Oct. 18 with more than 25,000 runners, including Olympic athletes and celebrities, gathered at the start line in Union Square. This year’s race followed the same new route established last year in which runners experienced a speedy and climatic finish along the Marina Green—instead of the 2004 to 2013 Ocean Beach finish—after grueling hill-climbs through Golden Gate Park.
Elite athletes that participated in the race include 1984 Olympic women’s marathon champion Joanie Benoit Samuelson, paratriathlete Sarah Reinertsen, Olympian and San Francisco native Shannon Rowbury, and American distance runners Jordan Hasay and Alexis Pappas who both crossed the finish line hand-in-hand for first place in 1:21:53. A few celebrities also made an appearance on race day to take on 13.1 miles such as actresses Eloise Mumford (Lone Star) and Aimee Teegarden (Friday Night Lights) and recording artist RaVaughn.
A part of the Nike Women’s Event Series, which started in March of this year with the Nagoya Women’s Marathon and NTC Tour Shanghai, the half marathon in San Francisco marks the end of the 2015 series.
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