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27 Olympic Trials Qualifiers Gear Up for Atlanta with the Kaiser Permanente San Francisco Half Marathon

January 21, 2020

Local runners will compete for $6000 in a tune-up race for the Olympic Marathon Trials

The 37th Annual Kaiser Permanente San Francisco Half Marathon returns to Golden Gate Park on Sunday, February 2, 2020. With the race ideally situated four weeks prior to the 2020 U.S. Olympic Marathon Trials in Atlanta, Pamakid Runners are offering a one-time prize purse for elite athletes. The $6000 purse will feature prize money to the top seven finishers for both men and women.  In addition, a $500 bonus will be offered by Blistering Pace Race Management (BPRM), producer of the event, to the first runner who breaks the existing course records. The current records stand with Crosby Freeman for men at 1:04:08 (2009) and Claire Hallissey for women at 1:15:07 (2013).

“Our race is positioned four weeks before the Marathon Trials, which makes it an ideal tune-up race. It’s also a great opportunity for the Bay Area running community to meet and support the elite runners who could be representing the U.S. in the 2020 Olympics,” noted Pamakids President, Andy Chan.

“We are honored to host 27 Olympic Trials qualifiers at this year’s race and recognize what a unique opportunity this presents,” added Kevin Pool, Director of Operations for BPRM.  “By offering a prize purse and course record bonus, our region’s best athletes will be able to test their fitness without having to travel. We are looking forward to a deep and exciting race on February 2nd!”

Olympic Trials qualifiers participating in this year’s Kaiser Permanente San Francisco Half Marathon include:

WomenMen
Julia BufordGregory Billington
Holly ClarkeSwarnjit Boyal
Annie DearChad Hall
Madeline DuhonGrayson Hough
Megan GentesBijan Mazaheri
Anna KaciusRajpaul Pannu
Phebe KoMalcolm Richards
Tiffany McBroomJake Schmitt
Teresa McWaltersAdam Schroer
Mara OlsonMax Storms
Liza ReichertSeth Totten
Amy Schnittger
Julia Sizek
YiOu Wang
Julie Woodruff

Jeannette Mathieu

The field will also feature other notable local runners including Jane Kibii, the 2019 California International Marathon Champion, Clara Peterson, Maya Weigel, and returning champion, Trevor Halstead. The 10K distance headliner will be local Olympian and former 1500m and 5000m American Record holder, Shannon Rowbury. Race day is quickly approaching and traditionally held on the first Sunday of February.  8000 runners are expected to toe the line, earn a finisher shirt and custom medal, and be home in time for the Big Game.

For more information, please visit www.getfitkpsf.com or contact Lacie Flannery, Elite Coordinator, at [email protected].

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About Blistering Pace Race Management: Founded in 2016, BPRM works in a variety of race management capacities, ranging from staffing to full operational oversight. Clients include the Kaiser Permanente San Francisco Half Marathon, 10K & 5K, the Kaiser Permanente Napa Valley Marathon and Half Marathon, the Big Sur Marathon Foundation, the Bank of America Chicago Marathon, and the TCS New York City Marathon. For more information, visit www.blisteringpace.com.