I haven’t put as many running (or cycling) miles in this year compared to last, but I was still excited to check out the runners at this year’s Oakland Marathon. My girlfriend and I got up early to head over to College Avenue in Rockridge and see the runners between miles 5 and 6.
The weather forecasts were calling for rain, but as we parked our bikes the sun was starting to shine through the clouds over the Oakland hills. The pavement was wet from last night but it was starting to dry.
We had a few minutes to spare and stood around watching volunteers direct traffic and the TranSports crew set up their water station. A lot of drivers were confused by the road closures and some tried to get onto the course to get to where they were going. Perhaps there should be more signage next year for drivers?
The results aren’t yet available off of active.com as of 1:16pm (“We are experiencing higher than normal volume and are therefore unable to process your request at this time.” ) today but this was the 1st place runner and eventual winner Chris Mocko from San Francisco at the mile 5 mark. He finished with a time of 2:28:09, setting an event record.
1st place winner Chris was decked out in New Balance gear – as part of the New Balance Silicon Valley team.
Here’s the 2nd place runner, Oaklander Phillip Shaw at mile 5. Most of the runners had serious looks on their faces. I know it’s hard for me to smile when I’m devoting all of my energy to placing one foot in front of the other. This guy broke a smile as we cheered him on. He was dressed in Brooks gear. He finished 2nd with a time of 2:37:13. (I hope he wore some Glide or some Vaseline or something. Or maybe it’s a non chafey-shirt?)
Tony Torres of Cedar Glen finished 4th last year and was in 3rd place at this point. Nike representing here. He went on to finish the race in 3rd place with a time of 2:38:05.
This pair was in 4th and 5th place at this point. Steven Moreno (#773) eventually pulled away to capture 4th place with a time of 2:41:18. Christopher Gurney finished 5th with a time of 2:43:29. Both of the guys are also from Oakland.
This is Anna Bretan, who won the 2011 Oakland Marathon in her first ever marathon. It looks like she won again with a time of 2:57:33. The Oakland Raiders (@RAIDERS) posted a picture of her crossing the finish line here, and as appropriately stated by twitter user @elcush, Anna gave birth 6 weeks ago. Insane. According to SFGate: “She ran 40-mile weeks right until she gave birth, and did an easy five-mile job on the same day her baby, Tatum, was born. Within a week, she was back to heavy training.”
1st place female finisher Anna Bretan and other runner in front of Miam Miam
This is a photo of the 2nd and 3rd place female runners at mile 5. Runner #694, Penny MacPhail of San Anselmo, finished 3rd with a time of 3:12:18. Claudette Augert (#139) of Edmonton, Alberta, finished 6th with a time of 3:20:47.
And here’s a guy running in his Hawaiian shirt. I think he did the same last year.
The Oakland Marathon was definitely no Bay to Breakers, but there were some people who had interesting outfits. This guy wins for the most color-coordinated. Pink shirt, pink gloves, pink fanny pack, pink socks and pink shoes. And check out all of those Gu/Clif Shot/Powergel packets.
This woman was rocking her I hella heart Oakland shirt.
The Praying Runner. He handed out a rose at each of the 26 miles and was running to support women with breast cancer.
The sign at the College Avenue Presbyterian Church. “WELCOME TO MILE 5.6 OF THE OAKLAND MARATHON”