Sammy Kitwara Wins Bay To Breakers

  • By Duncan Larkin
  • Published May. 22, 2012
  • Updated May. 22, 2012 at 10:26 AM UTC
Sammy Kitwara celebrates as he crosses the line at the Zazzle Bay to Breakers. Photo:

Meb Keflezighi was sixth.

Kenya’s Sammy Kitwara delivered on big pre-race expectations at the Zazzle Bay to Breakers last weekend, as the 25-year-old won the men’s race.

Kitwara’s time was 34 minutes, 40.5 seconds. It was his third win in four years.

Ethiopia’s Mamitu Daska won the women’s race and was actually the first runner to cross the line due to a gender-equalization system the race employs that gives women a pre-determined head start.

Daska’s time was 39:02.4. Because she finished first, she received a $25,000 prize. Kitwara received $12,000 in total prize money.

In the men’s race, Americans took spots 6 through 8. Olympic Marathon silver medalist Meb Keflezighi of Mammoth Lakes, Calif., took sixth, while Brian Harvey of Boston and Steve Murdock of San Diego’s adidas Movin’ Shoes racing team took seventh and eighth, respectively.

The Zazzle Bay to Breakers celebrated its 101st running on Sunday; 40,000 competitors took part. The race is famous for its festive nature.

Jerry Koyanagi won a costume prize as “Techno Man”. So too did John Hearny who ran the race as a Bay to Breakers 100th anniversary cake.

For More: Bleacher Report


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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