Mountains, beaches and a challenging hilly trail run through a vast, unspoiled wilderness that sits right across the bay from one of the country’s densest urban areas — that’s what awaits runners who make the trek across the Golden Gate Bridge to tackle the mid-summer running of the Golden Gate Trail Half Marathon, part of an event that also features a full marathon, 50K, 30K and the 5-mile distance.
How to enter the Golden Gate Trail Run – Winter
- Run 50km
- Run 42.195km
- Run 30km
- Run 21.097km
- Run 5mi
Golden Gate Trail Run – Winter routes
The course will be marked with ribbon approximately every 200 yards and colour coded as follows:
- 5 mile – yellow
- Half Marathon – pink loop
- 30 Km – pink + Orange + pink
- Marathon – Pink loop (twice!)
- 50 Km – 30 Km + pink
The most important course marking is the polka-dot flagging. It indicates a turn at an intersection. There will be at least two polka-dots flagging before a turn in the course. The polka-dot flagging will be placed before and on the same side as the required turn. As you approach an intersection, look for any polka-dot flagging before the turn. Waiting until you’re in the intersection to determine the correct direction may be confusing and you may go the wrong way. After you complete the turn, there will be orange, yellow, and/or pink flagging indicating the correct route. We also hang blue ribbons at critical junctions indicating the wrong way. Blue is bad!
If you don’t see your respective flagging for 3-4 minutes, you are off course. If you get off course, you should retrace your path until you find where you left the course and then continue along the marked course.
Please be courteous on the trail. If you’re passing another runner or hiker, announce “on your left” as you approach.
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