Celebrating the 10th anniversary of Nike Women’s Marathon, 30,000 women ran the marathon or half marathon distance in San Francisco on 20 October. South African elite and Nike athlete Charné Bosman finished the 21km in a time of 1:21:23 to claim third place.
“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 secured her half marathon victory in a time of 1:18:22. Emily Gordon of Los Angeles, California was the first marathoner to cross the finish line and claim the win in a time of 2:51:44.
The Nike Women’s Marathon began in 2004 to celebrate the 20thanniversary 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. 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 past ten years has seen the Nike Women’s Marathon become the largest women’s race in the world, with more than a quarter of a million women registered to run over the decade. The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society (LLS) is the world’s largest voluntary health organization dedicated to finding cures for blood cancers, and is the beneficiary of this event. With more than $143 million raised for LLS, the NWM is the largest, single fundraising platform for TNS/LLS.
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 ten.
Details on Nike Women’s Marathon 2014 will be released towards the end of the year.