On Sunday, October 20, some 30,000 women continued the legacy of the Nike Women’s Marathon in San Francisco, running the 10th anniversary full-and half-marathon race. South African elite and Nike athlete Charne Bosman finished her half-marathon in 1:21:23 taking top honours with a third place podium finish.
Bosman also placed third in the Nike WE RUN Jozi 10 kilometer night race in Johannesburg just over a week ago with a time of 00:37’18.
“The Nike Women’s Marathon is a beautiful race although very challenging as it is mostly uphill. It was also very cold on the day, but I was determined to run a good race, and finishing third overall is a great feeling”, said Bosman.
Florencia Borelli of Olivos, Argentina was the first to finish the half-marathon in 1:18:22. Emily Gordon of Los Angeles, California was the first marathoner to cross the finish line with a time of 2:51:44.
The Nike Women’s Marathon is the largest women’s race in the world, with more than a quarter of a million women who have registered to run in the last 10 years. The Nike Women’s Marathon benefits the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society (LLS), the world’s largest voluntary health organization dedicated to finding cures for blood cancers. With more than $143 million raised for LLS, the NWM is the largest, single fundraising platform for TNS/LLS.
The Nike Women’s Marathon began in 2004 to celebrate the 20th anniversary of legendary distance runner Joan Benoit Samuelson’s groundbreaking gold medal in the first women’s Olympic marathon at the 1984 Games in Los Angeles. A rebel of her day, Benoit Samuelson has let her passion for running expand the boundaries of what was possible for women in sport, and has been a driving force for women in running for four decades.
The race begins in Union Square and runs along the San Francisco Bay with scenic views of Alcatraz and the Golden Gate Bridge, ushering runners down the Great Highway as they cross the finish line.
As runners finished their race, they received their commemorative 2013 Nike Women’s Marathon Tiffany & Co. Finisher’s Necklace. The 2013 NWMSF Tiffany & Co. Finisher’s Necklace features a triangle, which is the Ancient Greek symbol for the number 10 (and a nod to Nike, the Greek Goddess of Victory).
The Nike Women’s Marathon also offers a variety of activities throughout the weekend celebrating the female athlete, including the Nike Expotique (“Expo” + “Boutique”) with athlete appearances and a range of female runners’ services, as well as displays featuring innovative Nike products for her and Nike+ services.
The Nike Women’s Marathon expanded to Washington, DC in 2013 with the inaugural Nike Women’s Half Marathon. The second-annual Nike Women’s Half Marathon in Washington, DC will be on April 27, 2014. Nike will announce the date for the Nike Women’s Marathon San Francisco 2014 and registration plans later this year.