How Running The SF Marathon Gave Him A Sense of Purpose After The Death Of A Loved One

On March 20, 2016, Jonathan’s mom, Shelley, passed away after a five-year battle with ovarian cancer. Jonathan not only lost his mom, but he also lost his sense of purpose. His career, his PhD, his entire profession has been in cancer research -- even before his mom was diagnosed with cancer. So, even though he understood her diagnosis ... More

Gold Story: Mom of 4, Nurse, Runner. SF Marathon Course Record Holder Anna Bretan Does It All!

Running has been a part of Anna Bretan’s life for as long as she can remember. Her parents have always been runners, and still are even in their 60s. Her three brothers all run, and Anna started running in high school. “Running totally suits who I am,” Anna said. “I joined the cross country team in high school and they were all ... More

Gold Story: How A Health Scare Motivated This Runner To Run A 50K For Her 50th Birthday

“I don’t know how to swim, I don’t know how to ride a bike, but I can run!” San Francisco Marathon runner Marlena said when she decided to start running. At the age of 43, Marlena thought she may be having a stroke. She’s a nurse, so she knows the symptoms, and she ended up in the emergency room while she was having a really bad ... More

Gold Story: 2019 San Francisco Marathon Male Winner Achieved His Childhood Dream Of Competing In The Olympics

“I knew I wanted to be an Olympian when I grew up,” Greg Billington, the 2019 male winner of the San Francisco Marathon said. In 2000 Greg eagerly watched the Olympic Games as an 11-year-old. He says he remembers watching Lenny Krayzelburg, a swimmer, earn a bunch of gold medals and he wanted to do that too. Greg started out as a ... More