"From start to finish, the Nike Women's Marathon is a celebration of the spirit of women, joining together for the common cause of beating cancer, while also achieving their personal goals." - John Walter, CEO Leukemia and Lymphoma Society
This is one race filled with serious estrogen! From the sports bra exchange option at mile 6 to Ghiradelli chocolates to handsome firemen handing out Tiffany's necklaces at the Finish Line, the Nike Womens Half & Full Marathon is beloved by nearly 25,000 women.
Our group represented well. I think we had a total of 18 "A Team" runners: 4 full marathoners (Becca, Jen, Lisa, & Charlene) and 14 of us running the half distance (Paige, Lauren, Mallory, Tia, Ali, Amanda, Amy M., Amy T., Marissa, Amanda, Juanita, Becca's sister, Jenae, & myself).
After taking on the full distance last year the half felt so much easier this time. A delightful run! And, there is no better way to take in San Francisco than running from Union Square through the Financial District, along the Embarcadero to Pier 39/Fisherman's Wharf continuing along through Fort Mason, Cow Hollow, the Presidio, Sea Cliff and eventually out to the Great Highway and Golden Gate Park.
I think all of the A Teamers had decent races and, as always, a great time together. 2012 was Nike's 9th year of the race and outside of missing the 2004 inaugural race I think the A Team has been on the course every year! A great tradition, a gorgeous course and a wonderful group of friends. A win-win-win!