- 3 miles/5K, 13.1 miles/Half Marathon, 26.2 miles/Marathon, 50 miles
- Road Race
This will be my third year running this race and I find myself falling more and more in love with the SF Marathon.
This year I ran the first half which gives me the full, the second and the first now.
The expo is modest but you can find everything you need as a runner and it is easy to get in and get your stuff without too much mayhem. You also get plenty of samples (some of which I am still munching on.) Go early, Saturdays tend to be a killer busy day and if you get there Friday night you can partake in Off the Grid Food Trucks. That in itself has to be seen to understood.
Your shirt is a well fitting and well designed shirt. I have been wearing my shirts since I ran my first three years ago.
The corrals are well organized and monitored. You will almost certainly be with a group of runners going your same pace which will motivate you.
The first half is incredibly scenic. You start at the Ferry Building following the water through to the Golden Gate Bridge. This is the only race that gets to take you on the road bed of the bridge, it does get a little congested through the bridge so going into this know you are not going to have the speed you want. After making the loop through Vista Point you head to the incredibly amazing Baker Beach area. Also know that it is a hilly challenging course.
Plenty of water stations and aid through out, just know that you need to be patient with the volunteers, as some of the water stations got slammed.
Post race was well organized and unlike some races, once they saw a need for something the staff was all over it. There was a line to get back to the start line area, but they called for extra busses, and made sure all runners had been cared for in the mean time.
I have come to SF for three year and have already said yes to my 4th. It is truly a must run race.