Vermonter with local ties wins San Francisco Marathon

Vermonter August Brautigam, age 29, won the San Francisco Marathon in 2 hours, 32 minutes, and 16 seconds on July 27.
Vermonter August Brautigam, age 29, won the San Francisco Marathon in 2 hours, 32 minutes, and 16 seconds on July 27.

Native Vermonter August Brautigam, age 29, won the 37th annual San Francisco Marathon in 2 hours, 32 minutes, and 16 seconds on Sunday, July 27. With 6,620 runners participating, Brautigam ran one of the best races of his career, only one second slower than his personal best.
“I have competed in at least 12 marathons,” Brautigam said by phone a few days after his victory. “This is my first win. I feel good.” And proud. His average pace over the 26.2 mile course was an impressive 5 minutes and 48 seconds per mile.
A competitive runner for the past four years, Brautigam chose to participate in the San Francisco Marathon because of its proximity to his adopted hometown. “San Francisco, relatively speaking, is close to where I live in Reno. It’s only about four hours away from the Bay Area and I consider that close for marathon participation.”
The son of Dave Brautigam and Myra Handy, Brautigam grew up at the Camel’s Hump Nordic Ski Center in Huntington. He attended the Vermont Commons School and Champlain Valley Union High School, albeit briefly, and graduated from Mount Mansfield High School in 2003.
His mother Myra, an 8-year resident of Shelburne, remembers August as very earnest and dedicated to the whole scene at the Nordic Center. “At about age six or seven, he started leading ski tours of the trail system and charged a quarter per tour,” she explained. “It just made me melt to see him skiing off with big adults in tow towards the woods, chatting all the way.”
Brautigam attended the University of Nevada-Reno where he competed in NCAA intercollegiate Nordic ski racing and graduated with a B.S. in Mechanical Engineering. He is employed by Ebara Cryodynamics as a product engineer.
He lives in Reno, Nev. with his wife, Caitlin, and son, Parker.