The Berkeley Half Marathon drew impressive numbers for its first year with nearly 8,000 runners participating in one of the three race distances: a Half marathon, Bearable 10-Mile race, and a 10K race.
Held on Sunday, Nov. 24, the race started at Civic Center Park in downtown Berkeley, wrapped around the UC Berkeley Campus, and continued straight through the heart of Berkeley on University Ave., passing local shops and parks on the way to the marina. Additionally, over $50,000 was raised for participating charities including the Berkeley Public Schools Fund, Berkeley Partners for Parks and the Berkeley Food and Housing Project.
The inaugural event saw two of Berkeley’s finest prevail in the half marathon distance with 2013 San Francisco Marathon winner Anna Bretan sweeping the women’s field with an unofficial time of 1:17:19 and UC Berkeley student JP Slater winning the men’s field with an unofficial time of 1:07:05.
Vallejo resident Jorge Maravilla came in second with an unofficial time of 1:09:31, while Oakland resident Magdalena Boulet came in second in the women’s field for the half marathon distance with an unofficial time of 1:18:58. Additionally, John Constas of Danville won the men’s field for the Bearable 10-Miler with an unofficial time of 1:00:00, while Cindy Cox of Alameda won the women’s field with an unofficial time of 1:05:11.
“Congratulations to all the runners, along with the entire community who came out to today’s inaugural event – in our eyes, they are all winners,” said Peter Nantell, Executive Producer of The Berkeley Half Marathon.
“We are thrilled to see such incredible participation from runners, volunteers and city of Berkeley residents. This event saw incredible success and we look forward to bringing it back to Berkeley next year.”
Production company Jumping Fences, which produced The San Francisco Marathon, designed the Berkeley event. For more information and full results, visit www.berkeleyhalf.com