America's Finest City Half Marathon
|America's Finest City Half Marathon|
The Cabrillo National Monument is the race start point
|Official site||America's Finest City Half Marathon|
America's Finest City Half Marathon is an annual road running event over the half marathon distance 21.0975 kilometres (13.1094 mi) which is held in mid-August on the streets of San Diego, California. ("America's Finest City" is the official nickname of the city of San Diego.) The race was inaugurated in 1978 and has been held every year since then. By 1985, more than 6000 professional and amateur runners were taking part in the race each year. Both men and women are able to enter into the half marathon and shorter 5 kilometer fun run.
The race is used to raise money for the American Lung Association and in its first fourteen years of existence it had cumulatively raised US$1.7 million for the non-profit organization. The race was sponsored by the Home Federal Bank in the 1980s and early 1990s. The organizers endured financial difficulties in 1992 after the loss of its title sponsor. The race remained popular, however, and the following year over five thousand runners took part; among them was television host Oprah Winfrey, running under the pseudonym "Bobbi Jo Jenkins" and accompanied by a bodyguard, a trainer, and a video crew. At the 33rd edition in 2010, the half marathon and 5K races attracted an international field of almost 10,000 runners and the event had raised $3.8 million for non-profit organizations. That year, Ethiopian training partners Ezkyas Sisay and Belaynesh Zemedkun topped the men's and women's fields respectively.
The course of the half marathon has a point-to-point format. It starts on the Point Loma Peninsula next to the Cabrillo National Monument – some 300 feet (91 m) above sea-level. The course heads north and descends towards San Diego Bay. Turning eastwards onto North Harbor Drive, the race enters a flat straight around the five mile (8 km) mark. After looping around Harbor Island the course heads south, passing near the Star of India museum ship and San Diego Broadway. It traces a path northwards at this point, heading along Sixth Avenue and Laurel Street on its way to Downtown San Diego. The race finishing point is Pan American Plaza in Balboa Park.
Kenyan Nelson Oyugi holds the men's half marathon course record of 1:01:59, while Belaynesh Zemedkun is the women's record holder with her time of 1:10:28. The men's race over the distance has been dominated by Kenyans, with 13 wins since the mid-1990s, but Americans are historically strong on the women's side with seventeen race wins. The United States has produced the most winners overall, with 25 of the half marathon's winners hailing from the host country. Patrick Muturi of Kenya is the only man to win the race twice. Maria Trujillo has the most wins to her name, having won the race on four occasions.
Past half marathon winners
Key: Course record
|Edition||Year||Men's winner||Time (h:m:s)||Women's winner||Time (h:m:s)|
|1st||1978||Ben Wilson (USA)||1:06:36||Marty Cooksey (USA)||1:15:04|
|2nd||1979||Gary Close (USA)||1:06:36||Kathy Mintie (USA)||1:14:50|
|3rd||1980 †||Terry Cotton (USA)||1:06:20||Laurie Binder (USA)||1:17:43|
|4th||1981||Kirk Pfeffer (USA)||1:02:55||Elizabeth Baker (USA)||1:17:02|
|5th||1982||Domingo Tibaduiza (COL)||1:03:46||Laura DeWald (USA)||1:16:55|
|6th||1983||Rick Musgrave (USA)||1:04:08||Nancy Ditz (USA)||1:14:31|
|7th||1984||Ibrahim Kivina (TAN)||1:03:36||Carol McLatchie (USA)||1:15:06|
|8th||1985||Jerry Kiernan (IRL)||1:03:15||Laurie Binder (USA)||1:17:43|
|9th||1986||Joel Hernández (MEX)||1:03:41||Terry Adams (SUI)||1:16:22|
|10th||1987||Marty Froelick (USA)||1:04:31||Maria Trujillo (USA)||1:15:17|
|11th||1988||Carlos Retiz (MEX)||1:03:40||Sylvia Mosqueda (USA)||1:11:31|
|12th||1989||Alejandro Cruz (MEX)||1:03:56||Maria Trujillo (USA)||1:13:41|
|13th||1990||José Luis Chuela (MEX)||1:04:38||Laura LaMena (USA)||1:13:00|
|14th||1991||Rafael Muñoz (MEX)||1:04:06||Kathleen Bowman (USA)||1:14:18|
|15th||1992||Jose Marcos Camargo (BRA)||1:08:36||Laura LaMena (USA)||1:16:23|
|16th||1993||Alfredo Vigueras (USA)||1:04:32||Maria Trujillo (USA)||1:16:17|
|17th||1994||Patrick Muturi (KEN)||1:03:33||Roseli Machado (BRA)||1:14:44|
|18th||1995||Driss Dacha (MAR)||1:05:11||Lisa Ondieki (AUS)||1:12:52|
|19th||1996||John Kagwe (KEN)||1:03:28||Mari Tanigawa (JPN)||1:13:11|
|20th||1997||Patrick Muturi (KEN)||1:02:51||Maria Trujillo (USA)||1:15:04|
|21st||1998||Jonathan Ndambuki (KEN)||1:03:16||Taeko Terauchi (JPN)||1:14:29|
|22nd||1999||Simon Sawe (KEN)||1:03:22||Tina Connelly (CAN)||1:14:04|
|23rd||2000||Peter Githuka Mwangi (KEN)||1:02:24||Cristina Pomacu (ROM)||1:10:44|
|24th||2001||Wilson Onsare (KEN)||1:02:45||Margaret Okayo (KEN)||1:10:38|
|25th||2002||Mbarak Hussein (KEN)||1:03:00||Sylvia Mosqueda (USA)||1:12:34|
|26th||2003||Kazuhiro Matsuda (JPN)||1:03:57||Silvia Skvortsova (RUS)||1:14:24|
|27th||2004||Joseph Matui Kiprono (KEN)||1:04:25||Alevtina Ivanova (RUS)||1:15:01|
|28th||2005||Nephat Kinyanjui (KEN)||1:03:18||Tatyana Chulakh (RUS)||1:13:35|
|29th||2006||Wilson Chebet Kwambai (KEN)||1:02:38||Tatyana Chulakh (RUS)||1:14:12|
|30th||2007||Nelson Kiplagat Birgen (KEN)||1:04:25||Hiromi Ominami (JPN)||1:12:49|
|31st||2008||Justin Young (USA)||1:05:46||Hiromi Ominami (JPN)||1:12:47|
|32nd||2009||Ernest Kiprugut Kebenei (KEN)||1:04:01||Belaynesh Zemedkun (ETH)||1:10:49|
|33rd||2010||Eskyas Sisay (ETH)||1:03:58||Belaynesh Zemedkun (ETH)||1:10:28|
|34th||2011||Tesfaye Sendiku Alemayehu (ETH)||1:03:44||Paula Whiting (NZL)||1:16:47|
|35th||2012||Weldon Kirui (KEN)||1:03:18||Mary Akor (USA)||1:17:17|
|36th||2013||Nelson Oyugi (KEN)||1:01:59||Wendy Thomas (USA)||1:13:15|
|37th||2014||Nelson Oyugi (KEN)||1:05:17||Lindsey Scherf (USA)||1:14:33|
|38th||2015||Kevin Kochei (KEN)||1:04:19||Janet Bawcom (USA)||1:12:24|
- † = The 1980 course was mis-marked and was around 800 metres longer than the true half marathon distance.
Winners by country
- City of San Diego website
- Scott, Steve (1985-08-26). Kiernan Beats Heat to Win AFC Half Marathon. The Los Angeles Times. Retrieved on 2010-09-23.
- Frequently Asked Questions. America's Finest City Half Marathon. Retrieved on 2010-09-23.
- Parenti, Jeffrey (1988-08-22). Fast Times at Half Marathon: Three Women Beat Record. The Los Angeles Times. Retrieved on 2010-09-23.
- Geis, John (1990-08-18). Swai Hopes Comeback Trail Includes Victory in Half Marathon. The Los Angeles Times. Retrieved on 2010-09-23.
- Geis, John (1992-08-15). Half Marathon Runs for Its Financial Life. The Los Angeles Times. Retrieved on 2010-09-23.
- Oprah Enters a Half Marathon. The Tuscaloosa News (1993-08-18). Retrieved on 2010-09-23.
- Malloy, Patrice (2010-08-16). Ethiopian Couple Wins America's Finest City Half Marathon. Running USA/Cool Running. Retrieved on 2010-09-23.
- Thien, Glae (2010-08-16). Ethiopians win San Diego Half Marathon. Ethiopian Review/San Diego Union-Tribune. Retrieved on 2010-09-22.
- Course Map. America's Finest City Half Marathon. Retrieved on 2010-09-23.
- Top Times for the America's Finest City Half Marathon. America's Finest City Half Marathon. Retrieved on 2010-09-24.
- List of winners
- Leydig, Jack (2010-08-16). America's Finest City Half Marathon. Association of Road Racing Statisticians. Retrieved on 2010-09-23.