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98th annual Bay to Breakers marathon Sunday

Original post made on May 16, 2009

Some of the world's fastest runners from as far as Kenya sat together at a luncheon in San Francisco Friday to talk about competing in the 98th annual Bay to Breakers 12k marathon in the city Sunday.

Read the full story here Web Link posted Friday, May 15, 2009, 10:21 PM


Posted by Marathon John, a resident of Apperson Ridge
on May 16, 2009 at 5:16 pm

It's not a marathon. Marathons are 26.2 miles long, this is 7.5. Occasional errors I understand, but this is pretty poor writing.

Posted by David Walden, a resident of Verona
on May 17, 2009 at 3:46 pm

I was quite surprised that the event was not televised this year. I usually like to watch the coverage while reading the newspaper on Sunday and this year after many years of doing so, I was shortchanged. I did try to watch on line but found it unsatisfactory and the reporters to be tedious. Too bad.

Posted by AVHS Dad, a resident of Stoneridge Park
on May 18, 2009 at 1:11 pm

AVHS Dad is a registered user.

Although I agree with Marathon John that marathons are only 26.2 miles, technically it's okay to call a race a "12K marathon". When I started running the B2B, it was 7.63 miles...or so they said. Here's a bit of history from
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For 1974-82, the course was reported to be 7.63 miles (12.28 km); prior to 1973, the course was reported to be 7.8 miles (12.55 km). In 1982, Tom Knight measured (and certified) the course that had been used for the 1980-1982 races and found the distance to be 7.51 miles 12.09 km) rather than the reported 7.63 miles (12.28 km). Given the vagaries in course measurement in earlier years and the traditional point-to-point course, it is likely the race distance has been close to 12 km for most of its history.

Posted by AVHS Dad, a resident of Stoneridge Park
on May 18, 2009 at 1:18 pm

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I saw the same webcast you did. Although I did enjoy seeing myself in a clip of the start, behind the superman/superwoman runners (don't blink!), the commentary and color were worse than awful. Completely clueless,unorganized and boring. Random streaming video from the course would have been better. You can check out the horrible mess at:
Web Link