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Monday, 14 March 2016 19:34

BARRETT AND KEATING WIN 5th ANNUAL SAN DIEGO HALF MARATHON, ATTAR SETS SAUDI ARABIA RECORD

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SAN DIEGO (March 13, 2016) – Sean Barrett won the 5th annual San Diego Half Marathon topping the men’s leaderboard with a time of 1:09:39 and Bonnie Keating leading the women’s board with a time of 1:19:28. A complete list of winners, including Relay, 5K and Handcycle Half, can be found here

Sarah Attar also set a Saudi Arabia record for her half marathon run with a finish of 1:32:25. Having represented Saudi Arabia in the London 2012 Olympics as one of the first female athletes and currently holding records for 800m and 3000m, Attar has been awarded the Arab Women Award in Sport and featured as one of the most powerful women in running by Women’s Running magazine. She continues to train in Mammoth Lakes with coach Andrew Kastor preparing for the 2016 Boston Marathon.

The San Diego Half Marathon, a one-of-a-kind race and nonprofit event that showcases San Diego’s beautiful bay front and historic communities, features a USATF-certified, 13.1-mile course with a new start on Harbor Drive in front of the San Diego Convention Center. The new start enables a straighter course with fewer turns, increasing chances of runners to achiever a personal best time (PR). The scenic course continues on Harbor Drive with great views of San Diego Bay, continues up through Mission Hills and Hillcrest, and then makes it way back down adjacent to Balboa Park into the historic Gaslamp District. The 2-person half marathon relay follows the same half marathon course with each teammate completing 6.55 miles and switching at the halfway point in Liberty Station. The  “downhill into downtown” 5K is a speedy course – great for experienced runners as well as kids and families – that starts on University Avenue adjacent to Florence Elementary School in Hillcrest and follows the last 3 miles of the half marathon course along 6th Ave past Balboa Park into the Gaslamp District. 

The San Diego Half Marathon is made possible in part thanks to generous sponsors including gold sponsors Mogiv, Mintz Levin, Rock Sports, and supporting sponsors Ultima Replenisher, Clif Bar, Dole, Gorilla Movers, Sign Distinction and Marathon Foto.

About the San Diego Half Marathon

The San Diego Half Marathon is a premier, one-of-a-kind race and event that celebrate the beauty and uniqueness of the city of San Diego while raising money to help local community charities. The organization is a nonprofit 501(c)(3) with all net proceeds benefiting community service projects and select charitable causes in San Diego. The event was also created to catalyze volunteerism as a way to build community spirit and boost neighborhoods in need of support. In addition to the funds raised for various charities by the runners themselves, the San Diego Half Marathon has successfully raised and donated more than $250,000 for various community service projects since 2012.  For more information and to register, please visit San Diego Half Marathon

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