BAY TO BREAKERS race draws 60,000 adult hilarity

KENYANS WIN BAY TO BREAKERS RACE
El Cerrito contender collapses and dies at finish line

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PHOTOS BY DAVID TOERGE
Sentinel Photography Editor
Copyright © 2007 San Francisco Sentinel

The 96th annual Bay to Breakers 12-kilometer footrace across San Francisco was won this morning by Kenya’s John Korir, race organizers reported.

Korir, 31, crossed the finish line at Ocean Beach with a time of 34 minutes and 44 seconds.

The first female runner to cross the finish line was Edna Kiplagat, also of Kenya, with a time of 38 minutes and 55 seconds.

This year marked the first time a woman has been first across the Bay to Breakers finish line, according to race spokeswoman Katherine Ambellan. Kiplagat, 27, actually finished just ahead of Korir because the women are given an approximately 5-minute head start, Ambellan said.

Five of the top seven male finishers hail from Kenya; and of the top three female finishers, five of the top 10 are also from Kenya.

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John Mentzer, 30, of Monterey, finished eighth for the men with a time of 36 minutes and 38 seconds; and Tommy Greenless, 25, of Walnut Creek, finished tenth with a time of 36 minutes and 44 seconds.

Magdalena Lewy-Boulet, 33, of Oakland, finished seventh for the women with a time of 41 minutes and 44 seconds.

Sadly, one contender collapsed and died at the finish line. The San Francisco Medical Exmainer identified the man as 53-year-old Joe Spinale of El Cerrito.

An estimated 60,000 runners, many in costumes, participated today in San Francisco’s popular and colorful race, which begins at the Embarcadero in downtown San Francisco and winds across the city and through Golden Gate Park before finishing at the Pacific Ocean.

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They came by the thousands. Every form of transportation was used to get to the 96th Bay to Breakers footrace. Bart trains, busses and ferries were full of costumed participants. This year as in past years seemed to be mostly about the party atmosphere and how much beer one could consume before 9:00 a.m. And when so much liquid is consumed, much of it ended up on the sides of buildings and behind bushes. There was a strong contingent of Kenyans who, of course, flew to the front of the pack. There were those who opted to run sans clothing and those who seemed giddy to view the naked runners and also those who needed to turn their heads. There were pirates and Elvis look a likes, grownups wearing diapers, wedding parties,and nuns.

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Photos by John Han
Sentinel Photographer
Copyright © 2007 San Francisco Sentinel

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Compiled from David Toerge and Bay City News reports

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DAVID TOERGE
Sentinel Photography Editor
When David Toerge left a career in photojournalism that had spanned over twelve years and started in a new direction of commercial photography he blended the editorial style with a more corporate look. David led the way in that new style garnering many awards for his work. Communications Arts has honored him over six times. Based in San Francisco, David shoots projects on location all over the US for various corporations and a multitude of magazines and always brings back great images. He has a keen sense of light, color, and composition and delivers to his clients assignments done with passion. He has climbed bridges hundreds of feet in the air, shot in caves hundreds of feet below, dived with sharks and driven the track with Indy drivers. He has shot earthquakes and firestorms but loves walking the streets with his camera just photographing the everyday life of his city.

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JOHN HAN
Sentinel Photographer
For the last year, John Han served Sentinel readership as a freelance photographer. He has that natural eye for photography which cannot be developed or learned. He has earned a following of clients, including the World Affairs Council of Northern California. John joined the Sentinel fulltime in April, 2007.

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