The Centipede

The Centipede is one of the most infamous events created by the Aggies in 1978. Born of late night road tripping and sleep deprivation, some say it was Steve White & Doug Peck, others say it was Peanut Harms & Angel Martinez, and nobody says it was Sweeney & Tuna, that came up with the original idea to link 13 brothers together to run the world's craziest run, the Bay to Breakers. In that first year they finished 130th overall out of 16,000 participants. The Aggie centipede is now world famous, with stories on the event reaching Runner's WorldSports Illustrated and the Wall Street Journal

The Centipede has been a mainstay at the 12K Bay to Breakers and the division is now named the Alaska Airlines Bay to Breakers World Centipede Running Championship. But Centipedes have also been run over the Marathon, 10K and even Mile distance setting numerous world records along the way. In 1987 a women's Centipede was born and the occasionally party 'pede makes an appearance. 

Centipede Rules:

  • A 'pede consists of 13 connected runners plus optional floaters who run along side substituting for those who cannot hang.
  • Length must be roughly 60 feet.
  • The first person across the line determines the time for the 'pede.
  • There must be 13 connected finishers in a centipede to win or place.
  • The famed "Lenichi Turn" is optional but highly encouraged (see embedded 2008 video)
  • Twinkie feelers at the front and a stinger at the rear are encouraged, if you feel like it.
  • For male 'pedes, beating the first woman is to be a point of pride.

 

Aggie 'Pede History

Bay to Breakers 12k - Men

Click to watch 1986 Bay to Breakers Highlights Show. Aggie, Ed Eyestone wins in record time; Men's centipede gets out kicked by Grete Waitz at the finish. 110,000 total participants hit the streets of San Francisco.

Click to watch 1986 Bay to Breakers Highlights Show. Aggie, Ed Eyestone wins in record time; Men's centipede gets out kicked by Grete Waitz at the finish. 110,000 total participants hit the streets of San Francisco.

* Finished ahead of the first woman
** World record
(women beating men's 'pede)

  • 1978 First Centipede - no competition until 1986
  • 1981 - 41:50
  • 1982 - 41:04
  • 1983 - 40:21
  • 1984 - 41:37
  • 1985 - 40:24 *
  • 1986 - 1st 38:58 (Grete Waitz)
  • 1987 - 3rd 39:45 (Rosa Mota)
  • 1988 - 1st 38:30*
  • 1989 - 1st 38:13*
  • 1990 - 2nd 38:51*
  • 1991 - 1st 37:39.6 * **
  • 1992 - 1st 39:12 (Lisa Ondieki)
  • 1993 - 1st 38:55*
  • 1994 - 1st 38:51*
  • 1995 - 1st 38:19*
  • 1996 - 1st 38:43*
  • 1997 - 1st 39:24*
  • 1998 - 1st 40:09 (Jane Omoro & Lynn Jennings)
  • 1999 - 1st 39:26 (Ndereba, Meyer, Omoro, Hickman, Wanjiku)
  • 2000 - 1st 39:33 (DeReuck)
  • 2001 - 1st 40:54 (Ngotho, Omoro, Asiba)
  • 2002 - 1st 39:20 (Talpos)
  • 2003 - 1st 39:06 (?)
  • 2004 - 2nd 40:00
  • 2005 - 
  • 2006 - 2nd 39:44
  • 2007 - 2nd 39:07
  • 2008 - 
  • 2009 - 
  • 2010 - 2nd 38:39
  • 2011 - 2nd 37:55
  • 2012 - 
  • 2013 - 
  • 2014 - 1st 40:19
  • 2015 - 2nd 40:02
  • 2016 - 1st 40:22

 

Bay to Breakers 12k - Women:

  • 1987 1st 50:40
  • 1988 1st 48:47
  • 1989 1st 49:20
  • 1990 1st 47:38 **
  • 1991 1st 48:37.2
  • 1992 1st 51:55
  • 1993 1st 48:47
  • 1994 2nd
  • 1995 1st 48:04
  • 1996 1st 47:57
  • 1997 1st, but DQ'd
  • 1998 1st 48:45
  • 1999 1st 47:11 (Impala/Nike 2nd 47:50)
  • 2000 1st 49:05
  • 2001 2nd 47:44 (Impala/Red Hook 1st)
  • 2002 2nd ? (Red Hook)
  • 2003
  • 2004
  • 2005
  • 2006
  • 2007
  • 2008
  • 2009
  • 2010
  • 2011
  • 2012
  • 2013
  • 2014
  • 2015
  • 2016

 

Bay to Breakers 12k -Master Men

  • 2001 1st 46:48
  • 2002 1st 45:01

 

Marathons - Men:

  • 1987 New York Marathon - 2:47:34 **
  • 1988 Los Angeles Marathon - 2:55:00 approx.
  • 1990 Los Angeles Marathon - 2:47:57
  • 1996 Boston Marathon - 2:57:02
  • 1996 New York - 2:57:32

 

10k - Men

  • 1989 L.A. Philharmonic 10k, Grifith Park - 32:23 (2nd overall to Ed Eyestone)
  • 1990 L.A. Philharmonic 10k, Grifith Park - 32:24 (2nd overall)
  • 1993 Super Bowl 10k, Redondo Beach - 31:55 (unofficial, finished with less than 13)

Mile - Men:

  • 1988 California Mile (extreme uphill in SF) - 5:55.7