Half Marathon Offers Final Tune-Up Opportunity for U.S. Marathon Trials

Kaiser Permanente San Francisco Half Marathon, 10K & 5K Registration Opens July 17

July 16, 2019

Half Marathon Offers Final Tune-Up Opportunity for U.S. Marathon Trials

SAN FRANCISCO, CA. – Registration for the Kaiser Permanente San Francisco Half Marathon, 10K & 5K will open on July 17, 2019.  The 37thannual event will take place on Sunday, February 2, 2020, showcasing Golden Gate Park and the Pacific Ocean while treating finishers to a lively post-race expo.  A fixture on the Bay Area running calendar, participants in all three race distances will test themselves on scenic, net-downhill courses, offering runners of all abilities the opportunity to achieve a personal best. Each year, the race donates $100,000 to four designated local charities.

Owned by the non-profit Pamakid Runners, the 2020 event will feature a one-time prize purse and course record bonus in the half marathon for elite athletes tuning up for the U.S. Marathon Trials in Atlanta, GA.  With over 30 Northern California athletes already qualified for the Marathon Trials, the race will offer an expanded elite program designed to attract a deep field of athletes seeking a fitness benchmark one month out from Atlanta. The prize purse will be tiered based on the number of elites entered, with the total purse doubling from $3,000 to $6,000 if more than twenty qualified elites are entered.  In addition, a $500 bonus will be offered to the first runner breaking the existing course records (Men: 1:04:08; Women: 1:15:07).

“We are thrilled to offer an opportunity for our regional elite athletes to use the Kaiser Permanente San Francisco Half Marathon as a target race prior to the U.S. Marathon Trials,” said Michelle La Sala of Blistering Pace Race Management, producer of the event.  “By offering a prize purse and course record bonus, our region’s best athletes will be able to test their fitness without having to travel. We are looking forward to a deep and exciting race on February 2nd!”

"The Pamakids are excited to present the 37th Kaiser Permanente San Francisco Half Marathon along with our long-time partner, Kaiser Permanente," added Pamakid Runners president Andy Chan. "Our race is positioned four weeks before the Marathon Trials, which makes it an ideal tune-up race. It's also a great opportunity for the Bay Area running community to meet and support the elite runners who could be representing the U.S. in the 2020 Olympics."

For more information or to register, please visit www.getfitkpsf.com.  For elite inquiries, please contact Lacie Flannery, Lacie@blisteringpace.com.


About Blistering Pace Race Management: Founded in 2016, BPRM works in a variety of race management capacities, ranging from staffing to full operational oversight. Clients include the Kaiser Permanente San Francisco Half Marathon, 10K & 5K, the Napa Valley Marathon and Half Marathon, the Big Sur Marathon Foundation, the Chicago Marathon, and the New York City Marathon. For more information, visit www.blisteringpace.com.

Kaiser Permanente San Francisco Half Marathon Grows Registration for the Third Consecutive Year

The addition of a 10K offered runners another opportunity for personal best performances on a scenic course

SAN FRANCISCO— The views of Golden Gate Park and the Pacific Ocean continue to inspire athletes of all abilities at the Kaiser Permanente San Francisco Half Marathon. The 2019 edition took place on February 3, with record participation of more than 8,000 registrants.

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Increased Participation and Olympic Presence Highlight 2018 Kaiser Permanente San Francisco Half Marathon & 5K

Increased Participation and Olympic Presence Highlight 2018 Kaiser Permanente San Francisco Half Marathon & 5K

Perfect weather and gorgeous scenery drew rave reviews for the 35thedition of the race.

The Kaiser Permanente San Francisco Half Marathon & 5K, which took place in iconic Golden Gate Park on February 4, 2018, saw increased participation for the second year in a row, hosting more than 7,500 runners across the two race distances.

 The race is one of the area’s most scenic with a course that features the Great Highway and views of the Pacific Ocean along the way. This year, three-time Olympian Shannon Rowbury made an appearance at her hometown race, running the 5K, and took the occasion to also announce that she’s pregnant with her first child, due this summer. Rowbury did win the 5K on the women’s side, while Evan Appel of Strava Track Club took top honors overall.

The winner of the half marathon on the men’s side was Malcolm Richards, a local San Francisco athlete, who recently was sixth at the U.S. marathon championships. Jennifer Elvin of Aberdeen, Scotland, won the women’s competition.

 Randy Wittorp, Kaiser Permanente director of public affairs, credited Blistering Pace Race Management, with the event’s success.

“We love the level of professionalism and branding,” Wittorp said.

Andy Chan, president of Pamakid Runners Club, which owns the race, said the overall pre-race buildup and engagement on social media was higher than ever.

“Standing on stage before the race and looking out at the sea of runners, I couldn’t help but feel a surge of adrenaline,” Chan said. “I could sense the feelings of nervous anticipation mixed with excitement to get the race started. Those are the feelings that make racing so much fun.”

Registration for the 2019 race, which is scheduled for February 3, 2019, is open and Chan is anticipating the same level of enthusiasm.

“Everywhere I was on Sunday, people seemed happy, whether they were racing or cheering on the course or in the finish expo taking selfies and looking at their medal and new shirt,” he said. “I can’t thank the volunteers and the race management team from Blistering Pace enough. They are the ones who made this happen.”

Proceeds from the race this year benefit several local nonprofit organizations, including Girls on the Run Bay Area, Running for a Better Oakland, Support for Families of Children with Disabilities, and Salvation Army Harbor Light Center.



Blistering Pace Race Management Launches in 2016

Blistering Pace Race Management Offers Running Event Leadership and Expertise
New company will direct the 2017 Kaiser Permanente San Francisco Half Marathon.

Michelle La Sala
President, Blistering Pace Race Management

NAPA, CALIFORNIA (April 8, 2016)—Founded on a desire to bring world-class experiences to local, regional, and national road races, Blistering Pace Race Management will offer professional services for every facet of running events, to ensure all participants have the opportunity to meet their goals.

Created and led by Michelle La Sala, president of Blistering Pace and former director of the California International Marathon, the company strives to give top-notch support, direction, and expertise to running events nationwide. From registration, marketing, and sponsorship, to operations, course design, and volunteer management, the Blistering Pace team can handle specific areas of need or full management of a race.

Blistering Pace currently features a client list including the Kaiser Permanente San Francisco Half Marathon, Big Sur International Marathon, the Napa Valley Marathon, and others.

“I am thrilled to be involved with these prestigious events,” La Sala said. “And I look forward to working closely with industry colleagues and their existing teams to bring an unmatched runner experience to participants across the country.”

La Sala’s experience professionally and personally—as an avid and competitive lifelong runner—significantly inform her knowledge of the industry and what participants expect out of events. Blistering Pace is honored to direct of the 2017 Kaiser Permanente San Francisco Half Marathon.

Andy Chan, president of Pamakid Runners, which produces the San Francisco Half Marathon, said the organization is excited to work with La Sala to present the event on February 5, 2017.

“Michelle has developed a great reputation from her work with the Big Sur, Napa Valley, and California International marathons,” Chan said. “We look forward to continuing our tradition of putting on a race ‘by runners, for runners,’ with our 34th annual San Francisco Half Marathon next year. We are thrilled with Michelle’s passion and new ideas and innovations that she will bring to our race.”

George Rehmet, director of Road Runners Club of America Western Region, also welcomes La Sala’s leadership.

“In a male-dominated industry, it is nice to see a female race director take over the reigns of the Kaiser Permanente San Francisco Half Marathon, a race that is a long-time favorite of local runners,” Rehmet said. “Michelle has worked successfully in various capacities for many well-established marathons that are members of the RRCA. I strongly believe that Michelle will shine and be a positive role model for women who wish to enter the race management industry.”

Blistering Pace also proudly works with the Big Sur International Marathon. Doug Thurston, race director and executive director of Big Sur, endorses La Sala’s services.

“Engaging Michelle and her capable and experienced team helps me concentrate on other important race areas. I know they are going to do things right and on time,” Thurston said. “I am also confident they will help create and implement new and more efficient processes and provide accurate and complete documentation that will benefit all our future events.”

For more information about Blistering Pace Race Management, visit www.blisteringpace.com or find the company on Facebook.