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Ahead of the pack: Bechtol wins San Francisco Marathon

WILLIAMSBURG - Keith Bechtol ’07 had been in California alone for a year and needed an attitude adjustment.

Ellen Childress Bechtol ’08 knew just how to do it.

Run a 50-mile race.

No, really.

“I had been running (since getting to Stanford), but in an unfocused, haphazard way,” he said. “So when she encouraged me to try a new event, the experience really turned me around and got me into a better attitude. I could not have done it without her support, and eventually I built up the confidence to attempt a road marathon.”

Bechtol is being modest. He didn’t just attempt the San Francisco Marathon on July 25. He won. Heck, he didn’t just win. His time of 2:23:28 crushed the previous record by more than two minutes.


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