SAN FRANCISCO (CBS 5 / AP / BCN) ―
May 17, 2010 11:59 am US/Pacific
'Peaceful' Bay To Breakers Race Sets New Record
The 99th ING Bay to Breakers foot race in San Francisco on Sunday was "relatively peaceful" and produced not only a back-to-back winner but also a new woman's record, according to police and race officials.
Kenya's Sammy Kitwara came in first in the race for the second year in a row. He finished the 12 kilometer, or 7.46 mile event, with a time of 34:15, barely inching out fellow Kenyan Peter Kirui.
The 23-year-old Kitwara takes home $25,000 for finishing in first, plus another $5,000 for leading the pack over the Hayes Street hill -- the first major hill of the course.
Kirui, 22, completed the race a millisecond behind Kitwara, to take second place.
Tilahun Regassa, 20, from Ethiopia, was the third man to finish the race in 35:30.
On the women's side, 22-year-old Kenyan Lineth Chepkurui broke the women's record time for the race, finishing at 38:07the fastest a woman has ever run the race.
Second place for the women was Emily Chebet, 24, from Kenya, who ran the race in 38:41. But Chebet was the first woman to make it over the Hayes Street hill, winning her $5,000.
The third place women's runner was Mamitu Daska, 26, from Ethiopia. She finished the race in 39:34.
Also finishing near the top was Oakland resident Magadalena Lewy-Boulet. With a time of 41:39, the 36-year-old came in seventh in the women's division, and finished ahead of all other American women.
More than 32,000 people registered to enter the race, according to race organizers. But each year, tens of thousands of less serious runners many dressed in outrageous costumes, and some wearing nothing at all turn the race into a kind of rolling party through the streets of San Francisco.
"It truly is one of the most unique footraces in the world where anyone can participate," said race spokeswoman Courtney Lodato. "It's just a great San Francisco tradition."
Lodato said 48 floats also covered the course.
She noted that the chilly Sunday weather helped the contestants who chose to run, but that the rest of the participants and staff spent the day cold.
"It's great running weather for professionals," Lodato said. "For the staff, not so much," she added, laughing.
San Francisco police Officer Samson Chan said the race was calm and yielded just a handful of arrests for public drunkenness.
There were a number of medical calls for both the racers who became injured while running, and for participants who had drank excessive amounts of alcohol, according to Chan.
One person collapsed near the finish line and needed to have CPR administered, and was then taken to San Francisco General Hospital. Chan did not know that person's condition on Sunday afternoon.
Started as a way to boost civic morale after the devastating earthquake and fire of 1906, the Bay To Breakers race is named after its route, which starts at the San Francisco Bay and runs cross-city to the breakers of the Pacific.
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