SAN Francisco Marathon

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    Jun 02, 2009 2:23 PM GMT
    Thinking of running the SF marathon. Can anybody that's run this race tell me about the course?

    Any cheap places to stay in SF? I do have a relative I barely know there but I don't really want to crash her place.
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    Jun 02, 2009 4:36 PM GMT
    I ran it last year and running again this year. One of the best organized race courses I have participated in. The Race director has done a great job of marking the course as well having volunteers throught the 26 miles. The start of the race is very early, propbably the earliest I have ever done. I would highly suggest doing this race, great for 1st timers to those that have ran several.
  • gwuinsf

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    Jun 08, 2009 5:32 PM GMT
    Google is your friend icon_biggrin.gif

    http://www.runsfm.com/maps/map_full.pdf

    http://www.runsfm.com/maps/elevation.pdf
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    Jun 08, 2009 5:35 PM GMT
    gwuinsf saidGoogle is your friend icon_biggrin.gif

    http://www.runsfm.com/maps/map_full.pdf

    http://www.runsfm.com/maps/elevation.pdf


    I've registered for the race and am looking at these resources. I was just looking for some sort-of testimonials on course. Best part, pit fall (if any) general course experience.
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    Jun 09, 2009 5:08 AM GMT
    I ran it 2 years ago as my first marathon and I signed up for it this year again. I enjoyed the course. It covers popular neighborhoods, and running across the bridge was an exhilarating experience though I am a local here. A pitfall, if I have to name one, is at Mile 23, where you see downtown San Francisco you know it is the end point and you are so happy that you see it, but then the course takes you to a complete opposite direction. I almost cried then and there icon_cry.gif

    In the park, somewhere after the mid-point, they were offering beer to the runners, and I am wondering if they will be there again this year icon_biggrin.gif

    Also, the race starts early (5:30am for the first wave), so I recommend you stay at a hotel that is not too far away from Embarcadero. Public transport won't be running that early in this city.

    Hope you enjoy the race.
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    Jun 09, 2009 5:09 AM GMT
    when is it?
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    Jun 09, 2009 5:20 AM GMT
    Sunday, July 26!
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    Mar 25, 2010 8:33 PM GMT
    Any advice about the race this year? Signed up for it and am glad I found this post...didn't even think about the hours of public transport!

    I plan on being in town a day before and after...do you all have any suggestions on things to see/do?
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    Mar 25, 2010 9:03 PM GMT
    I've run this race every year for the past six years, it's an AWESOME marathon!
    It's (usually) really well supported and organized, the route is amazing but a bit challenging at points.

    If you are going to run a 1/2
    - The first half is beautiful, you run along the water front, over the bridge, through the Presidio and ends in the park
    - The second half is nice scenery (not as nice as the first half) but is flatter and better for time

    The Golden Gate Bridge:

    Is beautiful to run across but it's a total pain in the ass because it's very congested with runners.

    Hills
    There is one just before the bridge and a few in the Presidio (one big one right after you double back on the bridge).

    Mile 20 is where it's not so much fun, the route is pretty residential (but with lots of spectators) the last few miles are flat which is nice.

    About mile 14 there is a beer stop, this is my favorite part of the run... I always take two. icon_biggrin.gif

    Call for a cab the day before or know which bus routes are all night services because the race starts early before many of the bus routes are running.

    It's my favorite race of the year and is one of my highlights of the entire year.
    I love, love, love the SF Marathon... mostly because I love SF and all I have to do is wake up, walk out the door and run it.

    Hope you guys enjoy it as much as I do!
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    Mar 25, 2010 9:06 PM GMT
    Great to hear! Thanks for the feedback. I am definitely looking forward to all 26+ miles!
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    Mar 26, 2010 4:07 AM GMT
    EASILY DISTRACTED gave a great overview. I've done this course 3 times -- nothing compares to running the waterfront and climbing up and over the Golden Gate, except for the stretch following the bridge thru the Presidio Park, or the windy roads in Golden Gate Park. Good logistics, great views, and a flat finish.
    Contact the SF Frontrunners to see if they will provide housing to out-of-towners.
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    Mar 26, 2010 4:09 AM GMT
    dont know much about it, but my bro has done it that past couple yrs consecutively and he loves it
  • dfrourke

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    May 21, 2010 7:19 AM GMT
    Here is PART I of the marathon:




    Here is part II of the marathon:



    This was a awesome run...but be prepared to get up EARLY...and the second half is flat and boring...until you hit the last 2 miles...

    Have fun and maybe I'll see you there!

    - David icon_wink.gif
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    Aug 02, 2010 2:10 PM GMT
    This race rocks! Especially as a first marathon! I can't say enough about how tough, yet awesome the SF Marathon was to me. Where else do you get a hilly challenge, the view of a beautiful bay and scenic architecture as you run? Sign up and enjoy the marathon weekend...you won't be disappointed!
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    Dec 11, 2012 10:58 PM GMT
    On 01 August 2011, Yoga Teacher, Tony Eason completed his first marathon training run of 2.7 miles.

    On 10 July 2012, Newbie Marathon Runner, Tony Eason completed his last training run of 22 miles.

    On 29 July 2012, After putting the road bike aside & 1yr of marathon training, Tony Eason becomes part of the 1% of 1% of the U.S. Population that completes a full 26.2 mile marathon by completing the San Francisco Marathon. #SFM2012

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LaUyEs_v6iA