It’s July and around the Bay Area running community that means one thing…
San Francisco Marathon month!
This year The San Francisco Marathon is on Sunday, July 29th.
It’s no secret that this race has a special place in my runner heart. Not only was it my first marathon, but it is also what I would consider my big hometown race of the Bay Area. On top of that, it’s the only race that I have run every single year (in some form or another) since becoming a runner. It’s a tradition, it’s full of memories and I am so excited it’s coming up!
This year will be my 5th year in a row running in the race in some form or another, and my second year as an Ambassador which makes it even better. It started off in 2008 as my first full marathon, then I rounded out the races by running the first half in 2009 and the second half in 2010. Last year, I ran the full marathon again as my 10th marathon. This year I am planning on repeating the cycle and running the first half again.
Along the way I have written many posts about all things San Francisco Marathon, so I thought it would be nice to combine all the information, plus some extras, into one place for those of you running it this year or looking to run it in further years.
Before the Race
Go to the expo!
- Friday, July 27 12pm-7pm
- Saturday, July 28 9am-5pm
The East Concourse at the SF Design Center
620 7th Street, San Francisco, CA
Here you will get your bib, your shirt, your baggage check and get access to all sorts of running vendors in case you forgot something. It can get a little crowded, but the lines are pretty efficient so be patient. Make sure to scope out parking before hand too, or get there early because it can be messy driving around in circles.
Race Day Details post, which includes:
- Getting to the race
- Baggage Check
- Buses (for the half marathoners)
- Water Stops
I did two pretty extensive course previews last year, so make sure to check them out to get all the insider tips and information.
The first half marathon and first half of the full marathon take you from the start of the marathon or first half marathon, along the Embarcadero, through Fisherman’s Wharf, up and over the Golden Gate Bridge, into Golden Gate Park.
The second half marathon and second half of the full marathon start in Golden Gate Park and joins up with the marathon a couple miles in. After a few miles of weaving around the park, you exit onto Haight street, run down some screeching downhills, run through SOMA, pass the Giant’s stadium and finish where the race started a few hours earlier.
Feel free to email me with any other questions about anything SFM related and I will do my best to answer!