Berkeley Half Marathon 2015. Photo: Ted Friedman
The third annual Berkeley Half Marathon took place Sunday, Nov. 22. Photo: Ted Friedman

On Sunday, Anna Bretan of Berkeley took first place in the women’s race of the 2015 Berkeley Half Marathon for the third consecutive year. Bretan, whose time was 1:18:34, has also finished first in the San Francisco Marathon for the past three consecutive years.

There was also a Berkeley connection for Oakland resident Sam Robinson, who placed first in the men’s race, with a time of 1:12:22. Robinson is a student at UC Berkeley, finishing his Ph.D. in history.

And Holly McIlvaine, also of of Berkeley, took second place in the women’s half marathon with a time of 1:21:12. (See full results on the Berkeley Half Marathon’s website.)

Berkeley Half Marathon 2015 winners, with Berkeley’s vice-mayor Linda Maio, at far left, who handed out medals. Left to right: Abigail Breshears, Sam Robinson, Holly McIlvaine, James Buchanan, Anna Bretan and Brian Gillis. Photo: Colleen Neff

More than 7,000 runners participated in the third annual Berkeley Half Marathon, according to the organizers. The event, which also includes a half marathon relay race and a 10K race, is produced in partnership with Cal Athletics, and raises funds for Berkeley youth through its official charity partner – the Berkeley Public Schools Fund.

The Half Marathon route takes in a significant cross-section of the city: it begins in Civic Center Park, goes up Telegraph Avenue, then across the UC Berkeley Campus, through the Gourmet Ghetto and into the streets of North Berkeley. Runners then take a tour of the West Berkeley, running through the Fourth Street neighborhood and then getting a good look at the Bay as they run down the Bay Trail. The route then takes runners back up to Civic Center Park where they cross the finish line.

8:29 a.m.: Runners headed up Shattuck Avenue just before Eunice Street. Photo: Neil Mishalov
Running across the Cal campus during Berkeley Half Marathon 2015. Photo: Ted Friedman
A runner comes in to the end of the Berkeley Half Marathon 2015 on Sunday, Nov. 22. Photo: Ted Friedman
Spectators cheer on a finisher in the Berkeley Half Marathon 2015. Photo: Ted Friedman
On campus during the Berkeley Half Marathon 2015. Photo: Ted Friedman

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Tracey Taylor is co-founder of Berkeleyside and co-founder and editorial director of Cityside, the nonprofit parent to Berkeleyside and The Oaklandside. Before launching Berkeleyside, Tracey wrote for...