SAN FRANCISCO, Nov. 6, 2016 /PRNewswire/ -- A group of 4,437 runners from across the globe, participated in the sold out 15 th annual SoFi Golden Gate Half Marathon and 5K along the shore of the San Francisco Bay on Sunday morning. Active lifestyle and running enthusiasts took part in a 13.1-mile or five-kilometer journey through the City by the Bay and across the iconic Golden Gate Bridge, with views of the infamous Alcatraz. "Today, the SoFi Golden Gate Half Marathon is celebrating 15 years of success and we are so proud to see this dedicated community of runners exploring San Francisco's history, cosmopolitan elegance and natural beauty with us," said Guy Terriff, General Manager, RaceForce LLC. "We are so grateful to the people from 47 states and 30 countries, including Australia, Israel, Brazil, Ireland and New Zealand, who have put the SoFi Golden Gate Half Marathon in their calendars since 2002 and sold out this year's event. This race is not just a competition; it is a journey and a memorable experience for every participant who laced up their shoes this morning and the locals who joined us near the finish line, applauding 15 years of achievement. Thank you to all participants, supporters and sponsors," Terriff added. Alon Katovitz, travelled from Netanya, Israel, to participate in this weekend's race and fulfill his goal of completing a race abroad. "I am a father of five daughters and three years ago, I dropped 45 pounds in efforts to get fit and increase my active lifestyle. Running has become a passion on mine and it is an incredible feeling to participate with people from all over the world and experience the beauty of San Francisco. I am very impressed by the production of this race and I am already planning my next," said Katovitz. In 2016, online personal finance company SoFi came on board as the Golden Gate Half Marathon's title sponsor. SoFi's support is vital to the success of the 13.1-mile and five-kilometer race.