Olympic Silver Medalist, Course Record Holder, & former Boston Marathon Champ Face-off for glory in 101st running of the Bay to Breakers

Trio dukes it out as race enters second century on May 20, 2012 - San Francisco, Calif. (May 14, 2012) – As the Zazzle Bay to Breakers kicks off its second century on May 20, 2012, the City can bank on seeing the highest caliber of competition to grace this race in decades. Welcoming back an Olympic silver medalist, the course record holder, and former Boston Marathon champ, this race is sure to be one to go down in the history books.

            This year, the Zazzle Bay to Breakers footrace welcomes back 2004 Olympic marathon silver medalist, Meb Keflezighi for the second time at the Cross City Race.  Known simply as “Meb” to the running world, as his running performance speaks for itself, ZB2B follows his dominating win at the United States Marathon Olympic Trials.  His Olympic Trials victory allowed Meb to make his third Olympic team and immediately catapulted him as a favorite to medal in the London Olympics this summer.
             
            Standing in the way of an epic victory for Meb in San Francisco is course record holder, Sammy Kitwara.  The Kenyan, Kitwara is looking to capture his third title on the Great Highway and is one of the fastest men in world history over the half marathon distance.  Not only does Kitwara hold the course record, he also owns a win in the narrowest margin of victory in ZB2B history.
             
            Looking for a victory of his own is Ethiopian, Direba Merga.  Merga was runner-up at the centennial race and hoisted the victor’s laurels at the 2009 Boston Marathon.  Merga is a well-known front runner who is unafraid to push the pace in a race and has declared the focus of his spring racing to win the 101st Bay to Breakers in San Francisco.


             
            This trio of men, along with athletes from Australia, Kenya, United States, and Ethiopia will vie not only for the champion’s trophy, but also for a $25,000 bonus if the winner can beat the top female to the finish line as well as $5,000 to be the first to crest the fabled Hayes Street Hill.
             
            The race kicks off at 7:00 a.m. at Howard and Beale Streets, when no more than 34 minutes later the fates of these men will be decided and the Bay to Breakers crown will be awarded.
             
            Registration for the 101st running of the Bay to Breakers is open online until Wednesday, May 16, 2012 on our website at the www.ZazzleBaytoBreakers.com. Registration will also be available onsite at Expo located at the Bill Graham Civic Auditorium at 99 Grove St. in San Francisco on Friday from 11:00 a.m. – 7:00 p.m. and Saturday from 9:00 a.m. – 6:00 p.m.  Register and be a part of this iconic San Francisco race with these historic athletes.