Whipping winds couldn’t keep Kenyan Lineth Chepkurui from setting a world record Sunday at ING Bay to Breakers.
Chepkurui, 22, bested the women’s world 12-kilometer record she set earlier this year at Bloomsday, finishing the scenic San Francisco race spanning from downtown to Ocean Beach in 38 minutes, 7 seconds — far ahead of the pack. Fellow Kenyan Emily Chebet finished second in 38:42.
The strong winds, which were most present during the first two miles leading up to the Hayes Street Hill, also failed to keep Kenyan Sammy Kitwara from winning his second straight Bay to Breakers. However, Kitwara said those winds, and a relatively slow men’s field, prevented him from breaking the world record he set in the race in 2009.
Kitwara, 23, finished in 34 minutes, 15 seconds. His world record time last year was 33:31.
Kitwara was unchallenged for much of the race, but finished only steps ahead of Peter Kirui, who caught him around 4 miles in.
Mamitu Daska, of Ethiopia, finished third in 39:34.
Approximately 60,000 participants were expected to flood San Francisco streets for the race, including 41 elite runners.
The storied race took off at Howard and Beale streets at 8 a.m., made its way over the Hayes Street Hill and then snaked through Golden Gate Park before reaching the finish line on the Great Highway.
Bay to Breakers is the 14th-most-run road race in the world, and the fourth-longest consecutively run, organizers said.