Jeffrey Eggleston and Bridie McCarey set a winning pace for a celebration at the 20th annual Synchrony Financial Rock ‘n’ Roll Marathon San Diego.
“This is such a cool event, I feel like I am a guest at a birthday party,” said Eggleston, who ran away to victory as the men’s champion for the marathon by covering the 26.2-mile distance in 2 hours, 21 minutes and 18 seconds.
Both marathon winners had comfortable margins of victory. It was nearly nine minutes before men’s runner-up Brandon Messerly of San Luis Obispo finished behind Eggleston in 2:30:14.
Joining Eggleston and McCarey on the winners’ podium were half marathon champions Tsegay Tuemay of Eritrea and Biruktayit Degefa of Ethiopia.
The 20th anniversary event which started in Balboa Park and finished downtown attracted 18,000 half marathoners and 3,000 marathoners. A 5K race the previous day had 3,800 finishers.
Among the half marathon finishers was 94-year-old Harriette Thompson of Charlotte, N.C, becoming the oldest woman to finish a half marathon just two years after making history by becoming the oldest woman to run a marathon.
Harriette crossed the finish line in 3:54.16 to thunderous cheers from the thousands of spectators lining the finish chute along Ash Street.