New Mom Wins Oakland Marathon

  • By Duncan Larkin
  • Published Mar. 26, 2012
  • Updated Mar. 26, 2012 at 6:45 AM UTC
Anna Bretan won the Oakland Marathon six weeks after having a child. Photo: New Balance Silicon Valley

She won the race last year, too.

Marathoning moms have some inspiration thanks to the likes of Anna Bretan. Just 10 minutes after she won the Oakland Marathon on Sunday, Bretan was holding her six-week-old daughter.

“Well, I ran slower this year,” she admitted.

Bretan, 27, won the same race last year. Her winning time this year was two hours, 57 minutes, and 33 seconds.

It didn’t hurt as much as I thought it would,” she said. “But I ran it more conservatively this year.”

Chris Mocko of San Francisco won the men’s division, setting a course record of 2:28:09. He had enough energy at the end to limbo under the finish-line tape instead of breaking it.

“It was a nice, easy Sunday run,” he said with an air of confidence. Mocko won the Napa Valley Marathon three weeks ago and admitted that Sunday’s race was “kind of a recovery race, to shake out the legs.”

Over 8,000 runners registered for the Oakland Running Festival. The annual event is comprised of a marathon, half marathon, and 5K.

For More: San Francisco Chronicle


Duncan Larkin

Duncan Larkin

Duncan Larkin is the news editor at and a freelance journalist who’s been covering the sport of running for over five years. He’s run 2:32 in the marathon and won the Himalayan 100-Mile Stage Race in 2007. His first running book, RUN SIMPLE, was released last July.

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