Why did I apply and feel so attached to this race? The SF 1st Half Marathon was my very first half back in 2009. Before that, the SF Marathon events motivated me to do my first 5K in 2005 while I was visiting SF from Michigan for a conference. That day, I decided I would run the half someday so I could run the Golden Gate Bridge. Between 2005 and 2009 I had doubts that I'd hit that goal, and I essentially gave up at points. But you know what? I realized I could do it if I worked hard and I reached the goal of running the half.
You know you want to run this beauty.
That half marathon was the start of my running and racing addiction. It is the reason I'm where I am today as a runner. I'd even say it fueled my desire to move to the Bay Area, another dream that came true in June 2011. I can't imagine another race I'd rather represent than the SF Marathon.
I ran the 1st Half Marathon again this past year and dropped my time from 2:31 to 2:13. Not bad for me on a tough course. In 2013, I'll be running the 2nd Half Marathon to complete the 'Half It All' Challenge. And in 2014? The goal is to run the marathon to complete the 52 club. I see a long line of SF Marathon events in my future.
If you want to join me in my SF Marathon adventures, registration is open and at the lowest price it'll be. Check it out! I'd love to see you here in SF on June 16, 2013.
2012 Finish Photo