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2015 Pier to Peak Half Marathon

There is perhaps no other athletic event in the area that ends in a more joyfully shared sense of accomplishment than the Pier to Peak Half Marathon.

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Officers from the Santa Barbara Police Department led the front runner and shielded dangerous intersections as competitors climbed towards the steep foothills on Sunday, Sept. 6, 2015 in Santa Barbara, Calif. The half-marathon's checkpoint "hairpin" is a reminder of the dangers runners face while running throughout a city.

Published on September 7, 2015

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Runners from the Pier to Peak 2015 half-marathon are briefed before their 6:30 a.m. start at Stearns Wharf in Santa Barbara, Calif., on Sunday, Sept. 6. The nearly all uphill competition is known as "The Worlds Toughest Half Marathon," ascending from sea-level to 3996 feet in 13.1 miles.

Published on September 7, 2015

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Officers from the Santa Barbara Police Department led the front runner and shielded dangerous intersections as competitors climbed towards the steep foothills on Sunday, Sept. 6, 2015 in Santa Barbara, Calif. The half-marathon's checkpoint "hairpin" is a reminder of the dangers runners face while running throughout a city.

Published on September 7, 2015

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Pier to Peak 2015 half-marathon runner Benjamin Bruno runs up Santa Barbara Street in Santa Barbara, Calif., on Sunday, Sept. 6, 2015. His official time was 2:23:42 and he competed in the 30-39 year old age bracket.

Published on September 7, 2015

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From left, Melissa Cunningham, Kelly Schon, Marine Richard, and Thomas Kenny approach a water point located in front of Old Mission Santa Barbara during the Pier to Peak 2015 half-marathon on Sunday, Sept. 6, 2015 in Santa Barbara, Calif.

Published on September 7, 2015

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Pier to Peak 2015 half-marathon runner Blythe Agtarap wraps around the south side of Old Mission Santa Barbara on Sunday, Sept. 6, 2015 in Santa Barbara, Calif. Some athletes take on a greater challenge by wearing masks that decrease available oxygen levels, similar to the effect of higher altitudes. Her official time was 3:05:00 and she competed in the 30-39 year old age bracket.

Published on September 7, 2015

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Pier to Peak 2015 half-marathon runners Justin Greunke and Jennifer Miller run up Gibraltar Road in Santa Barbara, Calif., on Sunday, Sept 6. 2015. The windy mountain road was freshly paved.

Published on September 7, 2015

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Darren Phillips ran Pier to Peak, on Sunday, Sept 6., 2015 in Santa Barbara Calif. His official time was 2:18:26 and he competed in the 40-49 year old age bracket.

Published on September 7, 2015

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Pier to Peak 2015 half-marathon winner Matt Dubberley reaches up as he crosses the finish line after 1:40:53, with a 7:42 mile average. The marathon's finish line was located atop La Cumbre Peak in Santa Barbara, Calif. and was held Saturday, Sept 6, 2015.

Published on September 7, 2015

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Annie O'Donnell crosses the finish line, placing second overall in Pier to Peak 2015 half-marathon on Sunday, Sept. 6 in Santa Barbara, Calif. Her final time was 1:46:49, with an 8:10 mile average.

Published on September 7, 2015

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Steve Harding crosses the finish line of the Pier to Peak 2015 half-marathon on Sunday, Sept. 6, 2015 in Santa Barbara, Calif. Coming in third overall, his final time was 1:47:25 with an 8:12 mile average.

Published on September 7, 2015

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Dani Moreno crosses the finish line to take second in the women's division of the Pier to Peak 2015 half-marathon on Sunday, Sept. 6, with an overall time of 1:50:10 and an 8:25 mile average. She briefly limped after crossing the finish line of "The Worlds Toughest Half Marathon."

Published on September 7, 2015

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Matt Dubberley and Annie O'Donnell stand together after finishing the Pier to Peak 2015 half-marathon on Sunday, Sept. 6, 2015 in Santa Barbara, Calif. The first and second place winners received free GPS running watches from Suunto.

Published on September 7, 2015

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Pier to Peak 2105 half-marathon runner Nat Waller crosses the finish line of the Pier to Peak 2015 half-marathon, placing 18th overall with a time of 2:02:45 and a 9:23 mile average. Pier to Peak half-marathon is run in Santa Barbara, Calif., and climbs from sea-level to 3996 feet in 13.1 miles.

Published on September 7, 2015

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The top two runners in the men and women divisions received prices from Suuto after completing the Pier to Peak 2015 half-marathon on Sunday, Sat. 6, 2015. "The Worlds Toughest Half Marathon" takes place in Santa Barbara, Calif.

Published on September 7, 2015

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Runners in the Pier to Peak 2015 half-marathon push through the final steps of a nearly all uphill race on Sunday, Sept. 6, 2015 in Santa Barbara, Calif. The finish line is located on top La Cumbre peak at the site of an abandoned fire lookout tower.

Published on September 7, 2015

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Runners in the Pier to Peak 2015 half-marathon run through the final stages of the competition on Sunday, Sept. 6, 2015. The half-marathon starts at Stearns Wharf in Santa Barbara, Calif., and end 3996 feet above sea-level at La Cumbre peak.

Published on September 7, 2015

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Jose Navarro and his daughter pause for a moment in the shade before they complete the race and cross the finish line together. The Pier to Peak 2015 half-marathon took place in Santa Barbara, Calif., on Sunday, Sept. 6, 2015.

Published on September 7, 2015

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Arne Rosa runs a steady uphill stretch just before the finish line during the Pier to Peak 2015 half-marathon. The race took place on Sunday, Sept. 6, 2015 in Santa Barbara, Calif..

Published on September 7, 2015

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David Odell and Deanna Odell run with a group downhill after finishing the Pier to Peak 2015 half-marathon on Sunday, Sept. 6, 2015 in Santa Barbara, Calif..

Published on September 7, 2015

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21. Samantha Gwizd stops at a hydration station during the Pier to Peak 2015 half-marathon on Sunday, Sept. 6, 2015 in Santa Barbara, Calif. "I've never though so much about water," she said, grabbing Dixie cups containing the precious liquid. "All I can think about is water." Pier 2 Peak

Published on September 7, 2015

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22. A member of the Santa Barbara Amateur Radio Club (SBARC) drives a ROVER vehicle up Gibraltar Road during the Pier to Peak 2015 half-marathon on Sunday, Sept. 6, 2015 in Santa Barbara, Calif. SBARC volunteers are capable of establishing point to point and networked communications virtually anywhere the sky can be seen. Pier 2 Peak

Published on September 7, 2015

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