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The San Francisco marathon, often commonly abbreviated to just
the SF marathon, takes place in late July each year since the first
event in 1977 around a loop course that starts and finishes on the
city’s famous Embarcadero and takes in many of the iconic tourist
sights that San Francisco has to offer, including of course the
Golden Gate Bridge, plus Fisherman's Wharf, Aquatic Park and Golden
As is increasingly common with marathon events these days the main San Francisco marathon is only one part of a whole weekend of athletic events that also now includes a 5k race, an Ultramarathon of 52.4 miles which takes in a section of the Great Highway and, uniquely, 2 different half marathons, offering the chance to run either the first half or the second half of the full marathon course.
This represents an innovative approach to getting as many athletes as possible out onto the course and avoiding overcrowding issues. The San Francisco marathon is also a Boston marathon qualifying event, which adds further to it’s great appeal, with the marathon itself currently attracting over 25,000 participants.
The San Francisco marathon has a very early start time, hoping to
avoid the most intense summer heart with a 5.30am start from Mission
Street and The Embarcadero.
The main marathon finish line is just a short distance away from the start, at Folsom Street and The Embarcadero.
You can see a full detailed map of the marathon course here:
San Francisco marathon course
The San Francisco marathon was streamed live online last year in a partnership with USL TV, bringing the event to a much wider audience with their webcast. We will provide the links for any online and television coverage as and when we receive them.
There will be live athlete tracking via the official site if you want to keep tabs on someone you know in the marathon:
If you're planning on being in San Francisco and the surrounding Bay area for the marathon weekend and looking for somewhere to stay you can check out availability and make online reservations for local hotels here.
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