About 10,000 runners and walkers from the military and local communities trekked over the San Diego-Coronado Bay Bridge on Sunday morning. It was the Navy’s 25th Annual Bay Bridge Run/Walk, which offers athletes and sightseers a rare chance to cross the city landmark on foot.
The four-mile race began at 8 a.m. in downtown, near the San Diego Convention Center. The route headed south along Harbor Drive to Cesar Chavez Parkway, went up and across the two-mile bridge, and ended in Coronado’s .
The Navy band the Destroyers entertained guests as they crossed the finish line and waited to board ferries back to the start line in downtown.
The sold-out crowd of military members and civilians was the largest ever, with 2,000 more participants than 2010.
Bryon Lamorandier, 30, came in first place with the fastest overall time. He completed the course in 22 minutes and 13 seconds. It was his third year of running the race.
Lauren Manero crossed the finish line in 25 minutes and 13 seconds, earning the title of female overall winner.
Mike Niggli of SDG&E, the race’s presenting sponsor, and Capt. Yancy Lindsey, commanding officer of Naval Base Coronado, presented the winners with their awards.
As a bonus, all participants received a ticket to the San Diego Padres game on May 21. Lomorandier and Manero will throw out the first pitch during the pregame festivities.
Additional sponsors included: the San Diego Bayfront Hilton, Kellogg’s, the Unified Port of San Diego, Navy Federal Credit Union, SeaWorld of San Diego, and Old Town Trolley Tours, among others.
Proceeds from the event will benefit Navy quality of life programs.