After a 12-year run in San Francisco, the Nike Women’s Half Marathon will not be held there in 2016, Nike spokeswoman Haley Bakker confirmed to Runner’s World in an email.

“Although the Nike Women’s Event Series races will not take place in San Francisco in 2016, we’re committed to continuing to create the most innovative, motivating, and exciting running and training events and look forward to announcing new destinations and experiences for the 2016 series early next year,” read a statement Bakker provided.

Nike did not provide an explanation for the change or an expected announcement date for next year’s events. There are currently no 2016 events listed on the series’ website.

The San Francisco event that drew more than 25,000 participants at its latest race on October 18 was the first in the Nike Women’s Half Marathon series, which also hosted races in Washington, D.C., and Toronto. The Washington, D.C., race was canceled in January ahead of its April 2015 running, and the Toronto race, a 15K held in June, was also dropped for 2016 along with the San Francisco race.

The San Francisco Parks and Recreation Department was notified of Nike’s decision about a month ago, according to Sarah Madland, the director of policy and public affairs.

“I know nothing other than they said they are not doing the event in San Francisco this year and are pursuing alternate locations,” Madland wrote in an email to Runner’s World.

The news sparked a string of disappointed commenters on the event’s Facebook page.

“As a legacy runner in Nike’s SF race I was really saddened to hear that it had been canceled,” wrote Karin Lewcock. “It has become a tradition for me and my mom for the last 12 years. Please reconsider!”

Others wrote in saying they wished Nike offered more explanation for the decision. “ a little surprised you have not released a PR statement about canceling the SF race given how this has become a bucket list event for so many women,” wrote Jill Mitsch.

Bakker directed runners to the series website for updates regarding events for 2016.

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Twenty-five thousand women will have to find somewhere else to run next year after Nike canceled plans to host another women’s half marathon in San Francisco.

A spokesman for the race, which has been held for the past 12 years and featured Tiffany necklaces for all finishers, said Nike was looking for “new experiences and destinations” for 2016 but offered no explanation for the company’s decision to cancel.

“More information on 2016 Nike Women’s Race(s) coming soon,” the company said on its website.

In this year’s race, held Oct. 18, some 25,000 entrants paid $200 each to run from Union Square to Marina Green, via the Tenderloin, Panhandle, Golden Gate Park and the Presidio.

Jordan Hasay and Alexis Pappas crossed the finish line together, holding hands, with a winning time of 1:21:53. Fans lined the race course, ringing cowbells. Stalled motorists honked. Volunteers picked up tens of thousands of empty paper water cups.

“I’m not just sad about this, I’m bummed,” said runner Carol Pechler, 75, of Menlo Park, who has run the race eight times. “Nike has done well by San Francisco. I suppose we should feel a little jilted.”

Pechler, a retired anthropology professor, said the huge turnouts by women from all over the world for the San Francisco race were exciting.

So many women wanted to run that organizers have been obliged for many years to hold a lottery for entrants.

And receiving the Tiffany necklace at the finish line, generally presented by a retinue of hunky gentlemen holding silver trays, made the event “very, very different from all the other races,” Pechler said.

San Francisco hoteliers, restaurateurs and store owners were not happy to hear that they would lose 25,000 customers, most of whom are tired and hungry after running 13.1 miles.

“We’ll miss them,” said River Gimbel, manager of Sears Fine Food coffee shop, located a half block from the starting line. “We always miss good patrons.”

The loss of the potential business, he said, “will impact the entire area, no matter what business you’re talking about. It’s just like when a convention happens, or doesn’t happen.”

If 25,000 women do not order the restaurant’s renowned signature dish of 18 Swedish pancakes, he said, that’s a potential loss of 450,000 pancakes.

City officials said they did not know why the organizers were bailing.

“We were told about a month ago they are not coming because they are pursuing alternative locations,” said Sarah Madland, director of policy and public affairs for the San Francisco Recreation and Park Department, which issues permits for the event.

In January, Nike said it was canceling its Washington, D.C., women’s half marathon and moving that event to Toronto. This week, it said it was dropping the Toronto race, along with the San Francisco race.

The San Francisco Marathon and its two half marathons, which are open to both men and women, are not affected by Nike’s decision and will take place on July 31.

Finishers for those events get an ordinary medal, not a Tiffany one. But the $100 entry fee for the San Francisco half marathon is half the fee for the Nike half marathon.

Steve Rubenstein is a San Francisco Chronicle staff writer. E-mail: [email protected] Twitter: @SteveRubeSF

San Francisco Bay, CA

Times & Location

Fashionably on time

  • Bayside Park
    1125 Airport Blvd.
    Burlingame, CA 94010
  • Half Marathon: 7:00 am
  • 5K: 7:15 am

Both events will have Wave starts. Waves will go off every 2-3 minutes and are assigned based on estimated finishing times.

Entry Fees

Parking

Due to the location of the race, there will be no on-site parking at Bayside Park. All participants and spectators must park at the Millbrae BART station and take a shuttle OR find street parking around the area at your own risk. As always, carpooling & early arrival are highly recommended.

Parking at the Millbrae BART station is FREE and shuttle service from the station starts at 5:00 AM, with the last shuttle leaving to the race site at 7:00 AM. Return shuttles back to BART will begin service at 7:45 AM and run continuously until 11:30 AM*. We recommend that you arrive between 5:00 AM and 6:15 AM. Anyone arriving to the parking area after 6:30 AM may not make it for the start of the race and late starts will not be allowed.

At the race site, shuttles will drop off and pick up from the designated Shuttle Area on Old Bayshore Highway.

All cars must be removed from the BART parking lot no later than 11:45 AM. Cars not removed by 11:45 AM will be towed at the owners expense.

Staying at the Host Hotel? We will have shuttles to/from the race site for participants who are staying at the SF Airport Marriott!

Gear Check

All participants may check their gear at the Gear Check Area located near the finish line. Gear check drop off will open at 5:45 AM.
The Diva backpack given to you at packet pick up should be used as your gear check bag. Tear the gear check tag from your bib number and attach with the supplied zip tie. To claim your bag, show your bib number to the volunteer. Both the bib number and the number attached to the bag must match.
ALL BAGS MUST BE CLAIMED BY 11:00 AM. Bags not claimed will be disposed of. Please do not leave valuables, cash or jewelry in the bags. We are not responsible for lost or stolen items.

Overall & Age Group Awards

Awards will be given to the Top 3 Overall and Top 3 in each Age Group for the Divas® Half Marathon & Divas® 5K.

  • Overall Awards will be presented at the finish line stage shortly after the Top 3 participants cross the finish line!

If you are not present to collect your award and you want us to send you the award by mail, please download the Awards Claim Form and send it in with the appropriate fee for shipping and handling. Awards will only be available within 4 months of the event.

*Overall awards are based on GUN time and age group awards are issued based on CHIP time. Overall winners are excluded from age groups. And, while they will still get a finisher medal, Men are not eligible for awards. Award times are approximate and subject to change based on course conditions and verification of results.

Divas Half Marathon & 5K

Sunday, April 5, 2020 • North Myrtle Beach, SC • Course Map

One of a series of half marathon races designed especially for women, the Divas Half Marathon in North Myrtle Beach hosts both a 13.1-mile race as well as a 5K race called the Girls 5K, all part of a weekend planned to both encourage and celebrate athleticism and fitness in women and girls of all ages (with flair, of course).

Pink is a color you’ll definitely see at any Divas race, as women (both participants and volunteers) don pink feather boas, pink running shorts and shirts and pink headbands and accessories of really all kinds at these races, which now include events from April through November in Long Island, New York; San Francisco, Calif.; Honolulu, Hawaii and San Juan, Puerto Rico.

This year’s race will mark the 7th annual Divas half marathon series to run in the North Myrtle Beach area, and last year’s race saw more than 4,900 runners cross the finish line in both races combined. The race will feature an out-and-back course that starts near the Myrtle Beach oceanfront, on Ocean Boulevard near the intersection with Main Street.

From there, the course heads along the ocean for the first couple of miles, and then brings runners back northeast through the beach house neighborhoods along Myrtle Beach, and past several of its resort hotels and golf courses, including McLean Park and the Robbers Roost Golf Club, whose wide green fairways runners will be able to see from the race as they pass by.

The race finish line lies just a few blocks from the start, along Main Street from Ocean Boulevard.

In addition to the planned nine water and refreshment stations along the course, organizers also plan to offer a feather boa station and tiara station out on the course during the race — so if you didn’t bring one of your own and the spirit moves you, you can join in and “glam up” with the gear many other runners will be wearing during the race.

Runners will have a course time limit of 3 1/2 hours to complete the half marathon. Perhaps the best part of the race is the race finish, where every runner who crosses the finish line will receive not just a finisher’s medal, but a rose and a flute of champagne to celebrate finishing their 13.1 miles.

Myrtle Beach, South Carolina. (Photo by Dan J/flickr)

Race Weather & Climate

Located in the easternmost corner of South Carolina along its Atlantic shoreline, roughly 15 miles northeast of Myrtle Beach, North Myrtle Beach typically sees moderate to warm temperatures in April, where temperatures typically range from the low 50s to the high 70s.

On race day (April 5), the average low is 49ºF and the average high is 69ºF.

Past Results

  • 2019 Divas Half Marathon in North Myrtle Beach Results
  • 2018 Divas Half Marathon in North Myrtle Beach Results
  • 2017 Divas Half Marathon in North Myrtle Beach Results
  • 2016 Divas Half Marathon in North Myrtle Beach Results
  • 2015 Divas Half Marathon in North Myrtle Beach Results
  • 2014 Divas Half Marathon in North Myrtle Beach Results
  • 2013 Divas Half Marathon in North Myrtle Beach Results
  • 2012 Divas Half Marathon in North Myrtle Beach Results

Course Map

See the race route map for the Divas Half Marathon in North Myrtle Beach here.

Starting Time

  • 7:00 AM – 5K
  • 7:10 AM – half marathon

Fees

  • $80 – $125 for the half marathon
  • $50 – $80 for the 5K

Registration

To reserve your spot in the spring 2020 running of North Myrtle Beach’s Divas Half Marathon or Girls 5K race, register online at Active.com here.

Official Race Website

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Ever run in the Divas Half in North Myrtle Beach? Share your impressions here, or post your review in the Comments below.

The 2020 SHE Power Indianapolis Half Marathon Pacer Team details to be announced.

The 2019 SHE Power Indianapolis Half Marathon Pacer Team:

Lauren Lai 1:55

Lauren ran her first half marathon in 2011 at the suggestion of a friend. It was painful. In 2014, she got back on the wagon and trained hard for her next half, taking 45 minutes off of her previous time. This time, the running bug stuck. Since then, she’s run 6 more half marathons, one full marathon, and one 50-mile ultra. She loves the Indy running community and is looking forward to running with some dedicated ladies at the SHE Power half to make sure they meet their goals!

Maria Schafer 1:55

Hi there! My name is Maria, and I’m one of your pacers! I started running cross country in late middle school, fell away during high school but came back to it during college and have stuck with it ever since! I’ve run several races, and my long term goal is to run a half and a full marathon in every state! Also on my bucket list is to complete a 100- mile ultramarathon! One of my guilty pleasures is having a very large, meaty, messy cheeseburger after each race. I enjoy any type of athletic activity and am always excited to try something new and meeting phenomenal people along the way. The thrill of a race and the adrenaline of the crowds always brings an extra jolt of excitement on race day!! I am so excited to meet all of you, and I’m very excited to be one of your 1:55 pacers!

Brittany Ignas 2:00

Brittany is a Midwest gal from Indianapolis, IN. She grew up dancing all through her youth and continued professionally for 5 years throughout college and in New York City. She attended Indiana University where she graduated with honors and was on the Dean’s List, receiving her B.S. in Kinesiology with concentrations in dance and fitness. While completing her undergraduate degree she received additional certifications with Stott Pilates and Yoga Alliance.

Her love for teaching group fitness classes began back in college when her mother was diagnosed with cancer for the second time. She turned to yoga and fitness as a form of stress release and began teaching classes at a recreational center.

Post graduation, Brittany moved to NYC to continue dancing but soon discovered she preferred her new passion for teaching fitness. She has taught all variations of fitness from yoga, barre, Pilates, cycling, dance, Bootcamp, strength training, personal training and more. Not only is she a yogi, but also an athlete having running half marathons and 2 full marathons. In 2017, she moved to Austin,TX to become the studio manager and an instructor at Dancers Shape. She recently relocated back to Indianapolis to be closer to family again, and continue her growth of business, teaching and being an athlete in her home state. She currently is the manager at the National Institute for Fitness and Sports in downtown Indianapolis, teaches a variety of group fitness classes, is the yoga trainer for the IUPUI athletes, teaches yoga at conferences, is planning on continuing her education on the nutrition side of health, and is excited for where this next path of her journey is going to take her. When Brittany is not teaching you can catch her exploring the outdoors, running, or leading yoga retreats in other countries. She is excited to bring her passion for helping others achieve goals out as a pacer.

Yanina Rowley 2:00

My name is Yanina Rowley from Ponce, Puerto Rico. I have been running since I was very young in my school cross country and track and field teams. I joined a running club in the county I lived in and started running 10K around the island on a weekly basis when I was around 14 years old. My love for distance grew each year and through my adult life I have maintained the love for running by being in multiple running groups and teams. I have lead several running groups and have been an active participant in my community through my running. I have been pacing for 3 years in the distance of 10 miles, 15K and half marathon. I have run races all over this country and abroad throughout the years and do not see that stopping. I currently am a Chief Warrant Officer in the United States Army with 14 years of service and I am happily married for 6 years with 4 children including a set of identical twins. I also have 2 dogs that I treat as children.

Mandi Fagan 2:10

As a 40-something year old mother of two highly energetic kids ages 5 & 7, you bet Mandi literally runs away from the house every week (thanks to her husband who takes over)! Mandi enjoys staying active while hiking and rock climbing with her family, in addition to running and competing in triathlons during the summer months.

After spending several years working in the financial services industry, she became a stay at home mom, primarily. In addition, Mandi has enjoyed being a part of the team at Endurance House over the last three years, a local triathlon shop in Zionsville, a couple days per week.

Her favorite events of the past include Ragnar Relays, 131 trail races and her first 70.3 last year. Nothing is impossible, as long as you have confidence in yourself, first, and a supportive partner and running friends.

Sara Fischbach 2:10

My name is Sara Fischbach and I’ve been running consistently since early 2014. I ran my 1st marathon in November 2014. I have ran a total of 8 marathons and 1 50k, as well as 20+ half marathons and counting. I started pacing races in 2017. I live in Ohio and I am a cat lover. I also enjoy shopping and writing in my spare time.

Devon Dean 2:20

I ran my first 5K at Fort Benjamin Harrison after becoming a member of the Naptown Roller Derby in 2013. My passion for running took a tragic turn when I lost my Dad to cancer while training for my first-ever half marathon in 2016. When I run, it’s for him. A marketing copywriter by day, I also am a student at Chris Howe Brazilian jiu-jitsu in Zionsville and co-host a weekly radio show on WITT/91.9 FM. I’m looking forward to motivating you towards your 2:30 goal as a She Power pacer in 2019!

Darcey Noirot 2:20

Hello! I am Darcey. I work full time, have a wonderful running husband, 2 daughters and 2 pups. I ran my first half marathon in 2010. This began when my mother-in-law called me Nov 2009 and said, I just signed you up for the Indy Mini, don’t waste my money! I knew I had to start training! I have since completed 29 half marathons, making the SHE half my 30th!

I have also completed one full marathon, along with many 5ks and 10ks. This is my 2nd time pacing, both times have been for the SHE power! I spent most of my running days chasing the elusive sub-2, and have just recently accomplished that!! I love running, working out and encouraging others to join me in this journey. I am excited to be returning to pace for this incredible race for a 2nd year in a row!!!

Danielle Shively 2:30

Hello, I’m Danielle- A wife and mother of two. My full time job is being a Domestic Engineer to keep my family happy. I was a high school athlete and past group fit instructor. I found my love of running in 2015 when I challenged myself to run my first half marathon. Since my start I have completed multiple half marathons, one full marathon, several 5k’s, and many other distances in between. You can find me always outdoors taking in what Mother Nature has to offer not only running, but also hiking, biking, kayaking and camping. Nothing brings me more joy than to help inspire others to do something they never felt was possible and seeing them achieve their accomplishments. I am looking forward to this new opportunity to be a pacer for the SHE POWER Half Marathon and hope to be able to help share in tears of joy with many who Believed She Could and She Did!

Tori Schuh 2:30

Tori and her husband Cam, together with their three boys (Wesley (14), Mason (11) & Hudson (2 1/2) reside in Fishers. She is active in her community and serves as the VP of Marketing for the Fishers Running Club. She calls running her “me time” and what started as a mile of “me time” has turned into one of her greatest passions. Tori loves seeing others achieve their goals and is a constant cheerleader of those around her. She has run two full marathons and too many half marathons to count. Tori is currently in training for the 2019 Dopey Challenge in Walt Disney World (A 5k, 10K, Half and Full on four consecutive days!). When she is not hitting the pavement or doing the mom thing, Tori enjoys working with children, spending time with family & friends, trying out new restaurants and searching for the perfect wine. She believes you rise by lifting others and strives to live that out each and every day.

Christina Grisby 2:40

Hello! I’m Christina! I live in Indianapolis with my husband who also runs as well and our favorite kid, Dexter the dachshund, and our only grand-kids….grand-fur kids, Alfie and Rockie. We are also empty-nesters as a result of 3 adult children. I started running in 2006 in an attempt to lose the “baby” weight from my then last born…..nine years prior.

I registered for my first race ever, the 2007 Indy Mini, to stay motivated. I have since ran more than 65 half marathons, 4 full marathons and too many different distance races from the 5k and up to count. I love being involved with the local running community and I hope to motivate others and to inspire other women as they do me. For that reason, I found the local women’s only running group here in Indy, Ladies Running Indy and I am also the Indianapolis chapter leader of Mom Runs This Town/She Runs This Town, both groups that welcome all women of all paces. I am excited to be pacing She Power’s 2:40 group and I hope to help you reach your race goals!

Kitti Drake 2:40

I ran my first half marathon in 1998, then life happened, and I didn’t run my 2nd half until 4 years later in 2002. After that I was hooked! I’ve run 32 halves, 2 full marathons, 1 Ragnar Relay and numerous 5K’s and 10k’s. I’ve also been a pace leader for a local spring half marathon training program for the last five years. For me running is a way to stay in shape and fight age. I loved running She Power last year because we got great tanks and medals and the course takes us right by my house, so it was fun seeing my husband and several of my neighbors out cheering us on. I am super excited to be pacing the 2:40 group again this year!

Rebecca Domeck 2:50

I’m Rebecca and I am excited to be one of your pacers this year. I ran some in my 20s, took my 30s off and picked up running again at age 40. I have boy girl twins who will be 11 in 2019, and I work full time. A few friends really encouraged me to start doing fun runs and I was really looking for ways to get in shape and lose weight and running has really helped me with these goals. In 2017, a co-worker and friend challenged me to run a half with her out of town. We had invested a lot of money to travel so that gave me the incentive I needed to ensure I was up to the challenge and train well. I didn’t really know what would happen after that, but it turned out I enjoy running and managed several halfs and a full marathon that year. I like challenging myself to do new things so I have started running more trails and participating in triathlons as well which is definitely taking me out of my comfort zone. Running with others always makes the run more enjoyable to me. SHE Power is a great race with lots of support and I look forward to meeting you and helping you on your journey!

Rickie Baullosa 2:50

My given name is Patricia (Baullosa), but my friends and family call me Rickie. I’m married to my soul mate, Abe who also helps to support my running addiction. ☺ I am a mother of a beautiful, spirited 16 year old daughter (Alexis), and a step-mom to 2 handsome, driven boys 20 (Alec) and 21 (Abraham). I’m also a full time corporate accountant for a local plastics manufacturer in Indianapolis. I started running in the fall of 2014 after my daughter joined the cross country team and wanted me to train with her. I had always wanted to try running and so my journey began. I ran solo for the first year and finally signed up for my first 5k with one of my sons the next year. I struggled through the 3 miles but kept on going with a lot of walk breaks but was able to finish. I found a local moms running chapter in Carmel to do a virtual 10k with. I enjoyed running with them but it was so far from home that I knew I wouldn’t be able to join them often because of the drive and my availability with working full time. I did some research on how to start my own group and the MRTT Brownsburg/Avon chapter was born. I met a few women at a Runner’s Forum group run one night and invited them to the FB group. We started running together one night a week. Word of mouth traveled and now there are over 200 women in the group. I’ve since had to give up being the chapter leader because my work travel schedule got a little hectic for a year, but I am so happy I was able to get the group off the ground. Through it I have made some awesome friends and continue to meet new people to run with. Running has changed my life in many ways, one of which it has shown me I’m both stronger physically and mentally that I had ever thought possible. That’s one of the reasons I love the She Power race so much because it’s centered on and around STRONG women. I’ve ran 12 half marathons, over 20 5ks and several 10ks in the past 3 years. I hope to be able to stay healthy and run into my 70s. I’m excited to be a pacer and look forward to helping others with their goal to finish the race!

Melissa Freeman 3:00

Hello! I’m Melissa and I am looking forward to pacing the SHE half! I finished my first half marathon about 2 years ago, and I’ve been hooked ever since. I’ve ran nine half marathons, numerous 10Ks and 5Ks, and I’ll be running my first full marathon this October in Chicago! In addition to pacing the SHE half, I’m also an ambassador for the Drumstick Dash, OneAmerica 500 Festival Mini Marathon, and a BibRave Pro.

MacKenzie Johnson 3:00

Hello, I’m Mackenzie- a dog mom, a teacher for students with moderate to severe disabilities, and a law student. I’ve been participating in races since moving to the Indianapolis area four years ago, but have been running since high school. I’ve ran numerous 5ks, 10k, and half marathons. This past year I have PR’d in the 5k, 10k, and half marathon distances. I am so excited to be pacing the 3:00 group!

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The San Francisco Nike Women’s Marathon, AKA, the run with a Tiffany necklace at the end. It is one of the most popular half marathons in all of California and has a massive waitlist to get in each year. Amie did it this year (2014) and loved it, so we wrote a post together with her experience as a runner and mine as a spectator, check it out below.

Details

  • Must get is a lottery for a chance to run in it, your chances are better with a team
  • Half Marathon cost $180 to enter (as of 2014)
  • Raises money for Leukemia and Lymphoma Society
  • This post was written on the 2014 race, we have not gone back since then

As a Runner (Amie)

The Nike women’s marathon, 30,000 women, coming together to run the miles between them and their medals, a Tiffany and Co. necklace presented by a San Francisco fireman dressed in a tuxedo. After hearing about this race from a friend, I decided I wanted to start running in the hope that one day I too would receive the best medal out there. So I formed a group of girls, and we entered the random drawing process as a team, which betters your chances of getting chosen. After a month of waiting, we received the emails that we were chosen, and the training started.

First off, book your hotel ASAP. We stayed as close as possible to the start without spending a fortune at a hotel called the Holiday Inn Golden Gateway. This hotel was about .8 miles from Union Square, where everything happens, so you could easily walk or take public transport there. I arrived in San Francisco Thursday evening, and I picked up my race pack Friday afternoon then toured the Expotique area.

Both the registration and the Expotique were well staffed, and I experienced no lines, though as the evening came, everything became more crowded, and I heard Saturday was pretty crazy. Not only did I receive everything from makeup advice to food samples, but the sponsor of the race also handed out some pretty good swag.

You could even get your hair and makeup done for free if you wanted to. A few other things you could do in this area was shop in the surrounding stores for special race gear with the specialized logo and see Nike’s newest gear.

I recommend going to the Expotique as it makes you excited for race day. Plus, you get some fun free stuff and you get to be around all the other women who you will be running with. It made me feel like I was a part of something exciting.

So Sunday morning finally came and greeted me with a 4:45 AM wake up call. After getting ready and meeting with my team, my dad drove us over to the start, and it was freezing! Make sure you plan on colder running gear and especially a headband that covers your ears. We shuffled into the race pens according to our projected pace, and we waited.

While we passed the time, they had people on loudspeakers ramping up the crowds and even taking you through some warm-up stretches, which helped take your mind off the cold and how early it was. The first wave left at 6:30 accompanied but a countdown and fireworks. This continued with each new wave of runners.

It was a very crowded start, but with 30,000 runners, most of the race felt that way. That being said, it was nice to run with a bunch of women and a few good men that kept you motivated. Also, there were so many people cheering us on with signs and bells. We found our friends and family at a few points on our run, which kept us motivated. The course was beautiful and took you all around San Francisco, even though it was mostly covered by fog.

Also, scattered every few miles was water and snack stations, which were nice to refuel and hydrate along the way. The course was well-marked as were each mile, so there was no guess-work involved, but with that said, there are hills. Plural… HILLS. Some steep, some gradual! I wish I would have done more training on the hills cause even walking up them wears on your legs, but I made it up and down them!

After mile 9, the hills were done, the Golden Gate Park is in sight, and the end is near. The spectators also started to multiply, which helps your energy level. I was so happy to see the Tiffany blue finish sign and ran through with a smile ready to receive my necklace.

After running through the finish, I was greeted by a crowded line of runners waiting to go through a series of stations to get your goods. I understand the want to be organized, but man did it suck to finish your run by standing still in the cold. Not good for your legs. Eventually, we did make it to the fireman who handed us our little blue box, and then a few steps ahead, you could take a picture with a different fireman dressed in a tuxedo. Awesome!

The next few stations are grabbing your shirt, a bag with food and goodies in it, and an emergency blanket, which you will want all! One member of our team finished 30 minutes before me and had no lines. What a difference a little bit of time makes. It was chaos when I finished. Make sure you either have a phone or game plan to meet up with people cause it is not easy, but you will be on an adrenaline high after completing it cause it is such an awesome race.

So that is runners view of the Nike Women’s Marathon in a nutshell, I would totally rerun this, not just for the Tiffanys necklace but the whole experience. Now Josh will talk about if being a spectator was as fun as a runner.

As a Spectator

The short answer, no being a spectator was not as fun, but it’s about support, right? This picture pretty much sums up what being a spectator here is like.

After waking up at 5:45 AM and arriving at the area for the race, we followed the massive crowd to the starting line. The streets were full of people, and there were Starbucks cups everywhere, I even saw women running with them, and every trashcan was full of them!

As the runners from the first wave were going by, we checked out the app that was supposed to track the runners. It was a cool idea, but it never worked for me, and I heard a ton of people complaining about it. Either that or Amie never left the starting line and just took a cab to the end.

We waited for our group of runners to go by and then proceeded to the transportation line that we paid $20 to ride. This would have been fine, but whoever set the area up had all of the buses on the other side of the starting line. Thus we had to wait for every woman to get past the street for the buses to come across, which was about 45 minutes after the race started. This forced half the people to miss the 3-mile cheering point and just proceed directly to the 11-mile area.

The buses were comfortable, so it wasn’t a bad ride, but they dropped you off about a mile away from the cheering area, so you needed to fight the crowds and walk the mile to where the runners came around the corner. Since we got here early, it was nice and peaceful cheering on the runners, but after that, it developed into a sea of people.

It was fun to see them run past some of the iconic areas like the windmill in Golden Gate Park though.

The walk to the end is short, and that is where the chaos began. You could hardly move in-between the people, cell phones didn’t work, and it was just complete mayhem. I wanted to see Amie cross the finish line, but there was no way to get close, so I just stood at the end of all the people and tried to connect with the others I was with via text to no avail.

After about 45 minutes of waiting and looking around, I found Amie and her friends and was able to celebrate her accomplishment! I was even able to show off the free sign I had made at the expo.

Waiting in line for the shuttles to get back to Union Square was a lot better then I anticipated though, they had set up the area well, and we got on with no problems. They did say that this was double the amount of people they had the year before, so I am sure they were still trying to deal with that many people in one place.

My recommendations for spectators. Bring a jacket and a book. Grab a coffee, and make sure you realize it will be a hectic day for you as well. Try not to punch anyone.

All in all, I am glad Amie got to have so much fun on this race, and I hope this helps you understand what it is like to be a spectator and a runner so you can plan your trip as well if you do it next year. Make sure to leave a comment below.

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There is a new men’s champion at the San Francisco Marathon for the first time since 2016.

After Jorge Maravilla won the race in each of the last two years, Gregory Billington captured the 42nd edition of the event Sunday with a time of two hours, 25 minutes and 25 seconds. He averaged a blistering pace of five minutes and 33 seconds per mile, which put him ahead of Maravilla’s second-place time of two hours, 29 minutes and 28 seconds.

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Billington is our champion for the 2019 bIOFREEZE SF Marathon! With a finish of 2:25:25🎉 https://t.co/rX1VWW12G6

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Congrats to our 2nd place finisher of the 2019 bIOFREEZE SF Marathon, @1jorgemaravilla . 2:29:28 🎉 https://t.co/IP3gSH3ZOA

On the women’s side, Nina Zarina jumped out to an early lead and won without much drama with a time of two hours, 47 minutes and one second.

She completed the course well ahead of second-place finisher Eleanor Meyer (two hours, 52 minutes and 16 seconds) and the rest of the field. Zarina added another accomplishment to her 2019 resume after being named the female global champion at the Wings for Life World Run in Switzerland in May.

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Congrats to our 2019 Biofreeze SF Marathon Women’s Champion, Nina Zarina🏆 Official finisher Time 2:47:01🎉 https://t.co/qXyqvvn0wk

It appeared in the first portion of the race as if Maravilla would join her in the winner’s circle when he paced the field through the first 5.5 miles.

However, Billington pulled even by the halfway mark before turning on the jets and building a comfortable lead:

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It’s a close race! Half way with Billington & Maravilla! https://t.co/L3pyEgr8lU

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Huge lead in the men’s race! Billington In the lead! https://t.co/BOJJo5am1B

There would be no doubt from there, as the American maintained and added to his lead through the back half of the course and prevented Maravilla from three-peating in the Bay Area.

Billington, Zarina and the rest of the runners started at 5:30 a.m. PT at Mission Street and The Embarcadero on a 26.2-mile course, which is a Boston Marathon and Olympic time trials qualifying race.

The finish line was at Folsom Street and the Embarcadero but only after runners went past a number of San Francisco landmarks and neighborhoods. Runners went past the famous piers and Fisherman’s Wharf, through the Presidio, through Golden Gate Park, across the Golden Gate Bridge and past Oracle Park, where the San Francisco Giants play.

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I mean if you’re going to run a marathon it might as well have a view like this😍 The #SanFrancisco Marathon started at 5:30AM and elite runners are expected to finish soon! I’m digging these Vegas party vibes out here with the music selection😂🎼 @KTVU https://t.co/HLhhBo2fYq

They dealt with a total elevation gain of about 1,175 feet in a city that is known for its hills, further testing their endurance and strength on a grueling course.

CBS San Francisco noted 20,000 runners were expected to compete in the race, underscoring the accomplishments of Billington and Zarina against so many competitors.

With 2015 underway, Nike introduces fresh motivation for women looking for a challenge . The Nike Women’s Event Series includes the Nike Women’s Race Series and an N+TC Tour, where they will be inviting more than 200,000 women from around the world to celebrate and experience the power of sport through a series of one-of-a-kind, high-energy running and training events.

The series kicks off March 8 with the Nagoya Women’s Marathon and N+TC Tour Shanghai, with a grand finale this fall in San Fransisco with the Nike Women’s Half Marathon. “The Nike Women’s Race Series motivates women to achieve personal running goals, and the N+TC Tour offers challenge, variety and reward for athletes at any level. The choices and access for women who love sport and fitness are better than ever,” says running legend Joan Benoit Samuelson, winner of the first-ever Olympic gold medal in women’s marathon. Get yourself in the zone and enjoy the clips below.

The series kicks off March 8 with the Nagoya Women’s Marathon and N+TC Tour Shanghai, with a grand finale this fall in San Fransisco with the Nike Women’s Half Marathon. “The Nike Women’s Race Series motivates women to achieve personal running goals, and the N+TC Tour offers challenge, variety and reward for athletes at any level. The choices and access for women who love sport and fitness are better than ever,” says running legend Joan Benoit Samuelson, winner of the first-ever Olympic gold medal in women’s marathon. Get yourself in the zone and enjoy the clips below.

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The Washington, D.C. half marathon will not return; in its place will be a 15K in Toronto.

Nike announced this week that its popular Women’s Race Series will take place in 20 cities around the world in 2015.

Just one—the popular Nike Women’s Half Marathon in San Francisco—is in the United States. The race series also had a half marathon in Washington, D.C., in the past, but it was halted after the 2014 race. In its place will be a 15K in Toronto, Ontario on June 14. Registration for Toronto will be done via random drawing starting March 9.

Not all dates have been made public, but Nike has confirmed races in March (Nagoya), April (Hong Kong, Lima, Mexico City, Guangzhou, Taipei), May (Manila, Quito, Seoul, Amsterdam) and June (Medellin, Istanbul, Milan, Moscow, Stockholm, Berlin, Toronto). Dates for London, Paris and San Francisco will be announced later. The San Francisco race typically is in October.

The Run Nike Women’s Series’ Facebook page was bombarded with questions about the Toronto race but few details were revealed. Nike did say that the 9.3-mile course will take place on the Toronto Islands. Other details, such as whether the popular Tiffany necklaces will replace race medals, were not confirmed.

RELATED: Photos: 2014 Nike Women’s Half in San Francisco

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