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.
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!