The San Francisco Marathon

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Set an early alarm for this bucket list event around SF. Get an all-access pass to the SF sights, including the Golden Gate Bridge and Fisherman's Wharf, and take up the challenge (expect hills - it's SF after all). Come for the finisher's medal and atmosphere of the on-course cheer stations.
Participants
Full Marathon, Ultramarathon, 5K Saturday (Limited to 1000 places), and 3 more
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Calendar
Sat 25th Jul 2020 - Sun 26th Jul 2020
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San Francisco, United States
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Where and when
Location
182 Howard St, San Francisco, CA 94105, USA
Start times
Sun 26th Jul 2020
Full Marathon:
5:30am |
5K Sunday:
7:45am |
1st Half Marathon:
6:30am |
2nd Half Marathon:
6:45am
Sat 25th Jul 2020
Ultramarathon:
11:00pm |
5K Saturday (Limited to 1000 places):
7:00am
Races summary
Here's what races are available for The San Francisco Marathon
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5K Saturday (Limited to 1000 places)
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5km
US$84.00 - US$409.00
5K Sunday
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5km
US$49.00
1st Half Marathon
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13.1mi
US$119.00
2nd Half Marathon
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13.1mi
US$119.00
Route information
**Marathon:
**Race Start: 5:30AM @ Mission Street and The Embarcadero San Francisco, California 94105
Race Finish: Main Marathon Finish Line @ Folsom Street and The Embarcadero, San Francisco, California 94105.
Run past iconic landmarks, across the Golden Gate Bridge, and through historic neighborhoods: Runners race through San Francisco in a loop. In order to qualify as an Official Full Marathon Finisher, you must finish within the 6 hour course limit.
The Full Marathon includes 16 water stops where you can find water, nuun Performance electrolyte and carbohydrate drink, medical, and toilets. Water stop 5 and 10 include GU energy chews.
Open, Masters and Age Groups: 19 and Under, 20-24, 25-29, 30-34, 35-39, 40-44, 45-49, 50-54, 55-59, 60-64, 65-69, 70-74, 75-79, 80+
Course Certification: The Full Marathon course is USATF certified and a Boston Marathon and Olympic Time Trials qualifying race.
**First Half Marathon:
**Race Start: 6:30AM @ Mission Street and The Embarcadero San Francisco, California 94105.
Race Finish: 1st Half Marathon Finish Line in Golden Gate Park
Free runner shuttles take runners from the 1st Half Finish Line in Golden Gate Park to the Main Finish Line Festival from 8am – 11am. See below for more information.
Race route: Runners race along The Embarcadero, up to the Golden Gate Bridge, to the Coastal Trail along San Francisco Bay, through Golden Gate Park, and more!
Race Distance: 13.1 Miles. In order to qualify as an Official 1st Half Marathon Finisher, you must finish within the 3 hour course limit. The 1st Half Marathon includes 6 water stops where you can find water, nuun Performance electrolyte and carbohydrate drink, medical, and toilets. One of these stops, water stop 3, includes GU energy chews.
**Second Half Marathon:
**Race Start: 6:45 am @ Golden Gate Park, JFK Drive & 14th Avenue Meadow, San Francisco, CA 94118. Free runner shuttle bus take runners from the Main Start Line near The Embarcadero to the 2nd Half Marathon.
Race Finish: Main Marathon Finish Line @ Folsom Street and The Embarcadero, San Francisco, California 94105
Run through Golden Gate Park and historic local neighborhoods: Runners experience the 2nd Half of the Full Marathon. Course Certification: The 2nd Half Marathon course is USATF certified.
With a start beneath the towering redwoods in Golden Gate Park and a prized finish at Cupid’s Arrow along the Embarcadero, The Biofreeze San Francisco Marathon’s 2nd Half Marathon course winds through city streets, offering a locals’ only tour of the city’s treasured vistas. Racing beside the Conservatory of Flowers, through the Haight-Ashbury and Mission neighborhoods, beside AT&T Park, under the Bay Bridge and more, each runner’s journey unfolds against an unforgettable sense of place. Join our Full Marathoners as you take on 13.1 miles, the 2nd Half of our Full Marathon course.
Our 2nd Half Marathon is popular with runners looking to set a PR. Due to its low elevation profile and a gradual finishing descent toward the Embarcadero, many runners return to this course year after year to test their limits and reach new heights.
In order to qualify as an Official 2nd Half Marathon Finisher, you must finish within the 3.5 hour course limit.
The 2nd Half Marathon includes 10 water stops where you can find water, nuun Performance electrolyte and carbohydrate drink, medical, and toilets. One of these stops, water stop 4, includes GU energy chews.
**5K
**Take part in the Saturday 5K race. Join our Double Up Challenge for extra fun! Or join 27,000 other runners as you take to the streets of San Francisco on Sunday.
**Ultra Marathon
**Race Start: First Loop: Saturday 11:00 pm @ Mission Street and The Embarcadero San Francisco, California 94105.
Race Finish: Main Full Marathon Finish Line: Folsom Street @ The Embarcadero, San Francisco, California 94105
Course Highlights: Run the San Francisco Marathon back-to-back in this epic fundraising event.
Course Certification: The Second Loop (The Biofreeze San Francisco Marathon Full Marathon) is USATF Certified. Earn both the Ultramarathon and Full Marathon Medal. Race Distance: 52.4 Miles.
Ultramarathon participants will begin on The Embarcadero and run The Official San Francisco FULL Marathon course in reverse: under the Bay Bridge and around the Giant’s Ballpark, through Mission Bay, Potrero and Mission Districts, up Haight Street and into Golden Gate Park. Ultramarathon participants will head down to the ocean and run along the Great Highway before coming back into Golden Gate Park and then up into The Presidio. From there, 52.4 participants will head through the Marina, Fisherman’s Wharf and back to the Main Start on The Embarcadero where 18,000 runners will be waiting to join you on the second leg of your 52.4 mile adventure!
The first loop of the Ultramarathon is NOT a closed course. Participants need to stay on sidewalks and to the side of the road.
100% of the course is on paved roads. Maps and directions will be provided to each 52.4 participant for the first loop.
The Ultramarathon Second Loop: The Official San Francisco FULL Marathon (Second 26.2 Miles)
The Second Loop: The Biofreeze San Francisco Marathon is a loop course, taking runners on a journey around the city, hitting gorgeous locales and iconic landmarks all along the way. Starting at the world famous Ferry Building, racers head along the Embarcadero, with the beautiful San Francisco bay on their right. From there they pass through Fisherman’s Wharf and through the Marina. Next runners head up and back across the Golden Gate Bridge and down through the Presidio, along the Pacific Ocean. A tour of the beautiful Golden Gate Park follows, and after some turns and curves through the trees and around the lakes, runners empty out onto the historic and very colorful Haight street. The course takes some loops through the Mission, Potrero, and Mission Bay Districts, heads by numerous charming little parks, then heads up towards AT&T Park, home of the San Francisco Giants. And then it’s just a home stretch, under the fancy new Bay Bridge and back up to the Ferry Building.
The Biofreeze San Francisco Marathon will provide on course support via course monitors in cars and on bicycles that will travel the first loop with the 52.4 participants, stopping at designated areas along the route and checking runners in at each stop. Aid stations will support 52.4 participants during the first loop only. Volunteer Teams will be assigned to the aid stations and will be equipped with first aid supplies, water, fuel and food.
All 52.4 Ultra participants have the option of providing The Biofreeze San Francisco Marathon with a drop bag of their own food and supplies. 52.4 participants will be able to drop off their bag at the Ultramarathon Tent at check-in on race day.
The participant’s drop bag will be left at the 52.4 Tent. Ultramarathon participants will have access to their drop bag between the first and second loop and after the second loop.
Drop bags should be securely tied and clearly marked with the the Ultramarathon participant’s name, bib number and phone number. Do not leave valuables in your bags. The Biofreeze San Francisco Marathon cannot be held responsible for lost bags. Please do not use paper bags, shoe boxes, or anything that can get wet and tear easily.
52.4 participants must pick up their drop bag after their second loop by 1pm. Bags not picked up or claimed within 72 hours of the event are donated to local charity.
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What's included
  • 2020 San Francisco Marathon Shirt
  • 2020 San Francisco Marathon Medal
  • Food and Drink along the course and at the finish
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How to get there
182 Howard St, San Francisco, CA 94105, USA
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The Biofreeze San Francisco Marathon has partnered with San Francisco hotel and transportation authorities to help you plan an outstanding race weekend, stress-free, whether you’re traveling across the city or across the globe.
RACE MORNING RUNNER SHUTTLES IN SAN FRANCISCO
2nd Half Marathon: Shuttles are provided for 2nd Half Marathon runners from the Main Start Line near the Embarcadero to the 2nd Half Marathon Start Line located in Golden Gate Park. Shuttles will pick up from Howard St. and Spear St. between 5:00am to 5:45am and drop off at Fulton St. and the Golden Gate Park Rose Garden, a quarter mile from the 2nd Half Start Line.
1st Half Marathon: Shuttles are provided for 1st Half Marathon runners from the finish line in Golden Gate Park back to the Main Finish Line Festival on the Embarcadero. Shuttles leave from Fulton St. and the Golden Gate Park Rose Garden periodically between 7:30am to 11:30am.
RACE MORNING BART BUSING:
BART doesn’t run early enough to get you to The Biofreeze San Francisco Marathon Embarcadero Start Line, but don’t fret! The Biofreeze San Francisco Marathon offers early morning bus service from six Bay Area BART stations, so you can forget the hassle of driving and focus on the race.
Buses transport runners from the Walnut Creek, El Cerrito Plaza, MacArthur, Bay Fair, Daly City and Millbrae BART stations on Race Morning and arrive by 4:45am at the Main Start Line on the Embarcadero.
Bus drivers will have a list of names for those who have purchased and will check them in on race morning – you do not need a physical ticket with you to board the bus.
Bus Schedule Options: Bay Fair (San Leandro) at 4:05am; Daly City at 4:20am; El Cerrito Plaza at 4:20am; MacArthur at 4:20am; Millbrae at 4:15am; Walnut Creek at 4:10am. Buses to arrive by 4:45am at the Embarcadeo.
Plenty of free parking is available at each location.
2nd Half Marathon runners may use the BART Buses to get to the 2nd Half Start Line – please stay on the bus when it arrives at the Embarcadero. The buses will load those waiting at the Embarcadero, and then shuttle everyone to the start of the 2nd half.
BART will be running normally after you cross the Finish line, so just buy a BART ticket, hop on, and head home. The BART Station Bus Ticket does not include return BART Ticket Fare.
RESERVED PARKING WITH SPOTHERO
We recommend booking convenient and affordable parking in advance through SpotHero, the nation’s leading parking reservation app.
To reserve your parking spot, visit The San Francisco Marathon SpotHero Parking Page and book a spot with promo code TSFM19 to save 10% off your first park.
Event day logistics
Schedule:
Full Marathon: 05:30
The Full Marathon starts at 5:30am at our Main Start Line (Mission St. and the Embarcadero)
1st Half Marathon: 06:30
The 1st Half starts at 6:30am at our Main Start Line (Mission St. and the Embarcadero)
2nd Half Marathon: 06:45
The 2nd Half starts at 6:45am at our 2nd Half Start Line (Golden Gate Park, JFK Drive & 14th Avenue Meadow)
5K Race: 07:45
The 5K starts at 7:45am at our Main Start Line (Mission St. and the Embarcadero)
Ultramarathon: 23:00 (Saturday)
The ultramarathon start will be at 11pm on Saturday night
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Spectator Info
You don’t have to run to be a part of the The Biofreeze San Francisco Marathon experience. We encourage friends and family of runners and the San Francisco community to participate on Race Day (July 26th, 2020). Your presence and encouragement makes a huge, meaningful impact on our runners. We hope the following information helps our spectators prepare for race day.
  • Follow the race on the live web tracker
  • Share motivational messages with your favourite runners via digital cheer boards
  • Enjoy the course entertainment and cheer stations
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Kit List
We recommend comfortable clothing appropriate to the length of the race in which you care competing
FAQ's
When & where does the Expo take place?
The health & fitness expo will take place at Festival Pavilion at Fort Mason, 2 Marina Blvd, San Francisco, California 94123. This will take place on July 24th (1200 - 1900) and July 25th (0900 - 1700).
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Are there cut off times?
Yes, details of which can be found below: Full Marathon: 6 hours (13:44 minute per mile) 1st Half Marathon: 3 hours (13:44 minute per mile) 2nd Half Marathon: 3.5 hours (16:02 minute per mile) Ultra Marathon: 6 hours (13:45 minute per mile) 5K Race: 1 hour
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Where can I access photos?
All participants will receive race photographs within a few days of the event.
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Can I become a Pacer?
Unfortunately, Pacer positions for this event are currently full. However, if Pacers are needed last minute, an announcement will be posted to SF Marathon's social media platforms.
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Can I get public transport (BART) to this event?
No, BART does not run early enough to get you to your race on time. The SF Marathon will offer an early morning bus service from 6 Bay Area BART stations. Please visit the following link for more information: https://www.thesfmarathon.com/race-weekend/hotel-and-travel-info/
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SceneryStunning scenery
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CrowdsIncredible crowds
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5.0
Did the 1st Half Marathon in 2019
This is a huge event! It is well organized, and has high quality aid stations. Be prepared for the elevation gain as the first half course includes most of the hills, but it is worth it for the views! Definitely more difficult but also a prettier route than the second half marathon.
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4.3
Did the Full Marathon in 2019
A tough course but the large number of water stations that were very well supported made it that little bit less difficult 😁
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4.0
Did the Full Marathon in 2019
Es ist ein Marathon mit vielen Höhenmeter aber sehr gut zu laufen.Es gibt viele Trinkstation, jedoch leider wenig Zuschauer da der Marathon bereits um 5:30 sartet damit leider auch die Atmosphäre Er ist trotzdem sehr zu empfehlen.
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4.3
Did the Full Marathon in 2018
The course is great, running across the bridge is iconic, but it will be wet (dew on the metal) and likely overcast, but still it was the golden gate bridge. The start of the race people were in the different waves which helps a lot, but there was no Port-potties at the start area at all, so that was something missing. Such a huge race in such a nice city, it was awesome and I plan to run it again.
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Recent Questions
MOHAMAD NASSER
1/9/2021
The San Francisco half-marathon is a 13.6 mile race that travels up and down the hills of San Francisco. One street, Folsom Street, has a slope that can be represented by the function 2y=4x+7. Another street, Divisadero Street, has a slope that can be represented by the function 5y = 2x +9.
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