Diane Nukuri-Johnson captures back and forth women's race at 102nd edition
SAN FRANCISCO - (May 19, 2013) - Taking on the streets of San Francisco for the first time ever, Tolossa Gedefa Fufi, from Ethiopia, placed first at the 102nd Bay to Breakers presented by craigslist, on Sunday. At 21 years of age, Fufi was one of the youngest elite runners in the field and follows in the footsteps of the many talented Ethiopians that have historically raced in Bay to Breakers.
Fufi (right) was neck-and-neck with Ethiopian Tesfaye Sendeku Alemayehu all the way up to the top of the Hayes Street Hill, and then at mile three, as they took the turn from Fell Street to Divisadero, Fufi picked up the pace, took the lead and held it all the way to the finish in 35 minutes, 1 second. American Olympian Ryan Hall was second, 39 seconds behind Fufi. Alemayehu was third in 36:04.
The battle for first place amongst the women was also close with Diane Nukuri-Johnson from Burundi taking first place in 40:12. Nukuri-Johnson and second place finisher Adrienne Herzog (40:42) from Netherlands were running together from the start of the race to the bottom of Hayes Street Hill. On the way up, Nukuri-Johnson was fighting fatigue and Herzog surged ahead to win the climb to the top. Nukuri-Johnson started to recover on the descent and at the four mile mark in the park, she made her decisive move, took the lead and won the race for the women. Local favorite Chelsea Reilly was third in 40:56.
“Coming off of an eighth place finish at the recent Boston Marathon, and placing second at the 2012 Bay to Breakers, I am thrilled to take first place at Bay to Breakers this year,” said Nukuri-Johnson. A prize purse of $39,000 was distributed among the top finishers.
Since 1912, this legendary race has taken thousands of participants including elite athletes, centipede teams of 13, celebrities, costumed racers, marathon runners, weekend warriors and more from the edge of the bay, to the shore of the Pacific Ocean, via several San Francisco neighborhoods
102nd Bay to Breakers 12K
San Francisco, CA, Sunday, May 19, 2013
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