San Francisco, CA, October 25. Suzanna Bon of Sonoma, California ran the 10th best 24-hour race ever by an American woman at the San Francisco One Day 24-Hour Race. Bon’s total of 134.747 miles earned her the women’s victory by 30 miles and second place overall to Brian Krogmann of Los Angeles, who ran 140.1 miles.
Krogmann battled defending champion Shan Riggs for nearly 12 hours before Riggs retired with an Achilles tendon injury. Both Krogmann’s and Bon’s marks were course records at the five-year old event.
The race is held on a 1.061-mile loop in the shadow of the Golden Gate Bridge. It is essentially flat, but owing to sharp turns and the fact that it is half dirt, the course has not produced top performances before this year. The race was held under ideal weather, with a high temperatures of 68 degrees Fahrenheit, and a low of 56. In a location that is often very windy due to afternoon sea breezes, this year’s race had only mild breezes during the day and was calm at night.
Sixty-eight year old Eldrith Gosney of Fairfield, California posted one of top age group marks of the year in posting 94.4 miles.
1. Brian Krogmann, 31, Los Angeles, CA, 140.1 miles (course record, old record 130.2 miles, Shan Riggs, 2008)
2. Mark Tanaka, 42, Castro Valley, CA, 117.8
3. Daniel Fabun, 35, Oakland, CA, 111.4
4. Mike Nuttall, 60, Portola Valley, CA, 107.2
5. Joey Bryan, 40, Oceanside, CA, 106.1
1. Suzanna Bon, 45, Sonoma, CA, 134.747 miles (course record, old record 105.8 miles, Wendy Gorges, 2007)
2. Marianne Paulson, 45, Pleasanton, CA, 104.0
3. Catra Corbett, 44, Fremont, CA, 97.6
4. Eldrith Gosney, 68, Fairfield, CA, 94.4
5. Marie Boyd, 61, Bishop, CA, 93.4
(Photos at left by John Medinger. Top, Suzanna Bon of Sonoma, California. Bottom, Nathan Yanko of San Francisco.)