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29 JULY 2007: SAN FRANCISCO MARATHON, USA - was held in conjunction with two half marathon events and a 5km run/walk.

More than 17000 runners celebrated the 30th birthday of this venerable race writes Mark Winitz. It was the largest marathon ever run in the city, and was held in conjunction with two half marathon events and a 5km run/walk. Texan Andrew Cook, 26, successfully defended his 2006 title while Yolanda Flamino of Michigan scored a first victory on the hilly course. Both winners got away early in the race. Cook strode away from Michael Wardian on the return leg of an out-and-back tour of the Golden Gate Bridge, after about 15km. "After I got the lead, I tried to stay calm, and just maintain pace and conserve my energy" said Cook. In overcast and relatively cool conditions, Cook bettered his winning time from last year by 49 seconds. Competing in only her second-ever marathon, Flamino led the women's race from gun to tape and improved her personal best time from 2:45:19 set at last year's Chicago Marathon. "I did a lot of hill work leading up to this race. I wanted to get a little more marathon experience before the [women's] Olympic marathon trials race." Californian Chloe Glare was runner-up for the second consecutive year. Californian Linda Somers Smith, age 46 won the accompanying "elite" half marathon, which covers the second half of the full marathon course, while Kelly Fermoyle, a 21-year old from Minnesota, was the male elite half marathon victor. Somers Smith ran her very first marathon in San Francisco back in 1983. "There sure were a lot more people out here than the last time I ran it," she commented. Source/Courtesy AIMS (Association of International Marathons and Road Races) http://aimsworldrunning.org/ AIMS MEN: 1 Andrew COOK USA 2:25:57 2 Michael WARDIAN USA 2:28:50 3 Justin ZANOTTI USA 2:32:18 4 Mike MOORE USA 2:32:49 5 Chikara OMINE USA 2:37:59 6 Jesus CAMPOS USA 2:41:21 7 Christopher KNORZER USA 2:41:39 8 Christopher BAIN USA 2:42:57 9 Mark PILJA USA 2:43:34 10 Oswaldo NAVA USA 2:44:59 WOMEN: 1 Yolanda FLAMINO USA 2:43:41 2 Chloe GLARE USA 2:57:21 3 Alyssa SHAW USA 3:08:14 4 Jennifer DONNELLY USA 3:12:10 5 Amanda F BURRILL USA 3:13:15 6 Carolyn KOSZALKA USA 3:13:44 7 Becky LOWRENCE USA 3:13:53 8 Karin HANSEN 3:14:49 9 Tana JACKSON USA 3:14:57 10 Stephanie HODGE USA 3:15:49 HALF MARATHON: MEN: 1 Kelly FERMOYLE USA 1:08:08 2 Matt BARNHART USA 1:09:41 3 David SILVER USA 1:11:15 WOMEN: 1 Linda S SMITH USA 1:18:21 2 Betsy KEEVER USA 1:20:02 3 Shaluinn FULLOVE USA 1:20:05