The San Francisco Marathon

548 Market Street
San Francisco, CA 94104

Running > Marathon

Event Description

San Francisco Marathon

5:30 a.m.* @ Embarcadero @ Mission

Race Finish

12:00 p.m. @ Embarcadero @ Folsom (Main Marathon Finish Line)

Course Highlights

Toe the start line under the careful watch of the Bay Bridge and begin your tour of San Francisco as the sunrise draws near. Run along the Bay and through Fisherman’s Wharf, past the Marina Green and across Crissy Field as the sun rises behind you, giving the Golden Gate Bridge its unmistakable fiery-red color. It’s waiting there for you; charge ahead and cross the bridge whether you’re accompanied by the sound of fog horns or stunning views of the open ocean.


The first leg of your bridge run ends with a one mile downhill toward Sausalito landing along the Bay. Head out to Cavallo Point with amazing views of San Francisco across the Bay, then head up and under the bridge to begin your journey back into San Francisco. Run through the Presidio and across the Richmond District neighborhood, into Golden Gate Park and down the legendary Haight St. Continue your journey across the city, through the Mission District, along newly developed Mission Bay, and past the home of the Golden State Warriors and The San Francisco Giants. Greet the Bay Bridge as it welcomes you to the finish line and listen to the cheering spectators that are ready to celebrate your victory with you!

Course Certification

The Full Marathon course is USATF certified and a Boston Marathon and Olympic Time Trials qualifying race.

Race Distance

The course is 26.2 miles long with a time limit of 6 hours.

In order to complete the Full Marathon within the time limit, please note the following cut-off times for the Golden Gate Bridge:

OUTBOUND Golden Gate Bridge- The last Northbound runner (on the East sidewalk) must access the bridge by 7:40 a.m. in order for the East sidewalk to be reopened to the general public at 8:30 a.m.

RETURN INBOUND Golden Gate Bridge – The last Southbound runner (on the West sidewalk from the Dillingham Lot) must access the bridge by 8:50 a.m. in order for the west sidewalk to be reopened to the general public for bicycle use by 9:45/10:00 a.m.Runners who do not make the above return/ inbound 8:50 a.m. cut-off time will be directed to use the East sidewalk to return to San Francisco. To access the East sidewalk from the West sidewalk, there is a catwalk under the bridge accessible from the West sidewalk to the east sidewalk.

Half Marathon

Race Start Time and Location

8:45am*, in the Presidio, 610 Old Mason Street @ Sports Basement


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 the Presidio, 610 Old Mason Street.. at Sportsbasement). Shuttles will pick up from Howard St. and Spear St. at 5:45 and 7 am. additional shuttle pick-up times may be added closer to race day, TBD.

Race Finish

Main Marathon Finish Line @ Embarcadero @ Folsom

Race Route

Our 2nd Half Marathon begins adjacent to one of the most beautiful views of the San Francisco Bay. Start your race at Crissy Field with the Golden Gate Bridge so close you can almost touch it. Wind your way through the Presidio where ocean breezes and smells of Eucalyptus await you. As you continue on Lincoln Avenue, a downhill trek affords picturesque views of the Sea Cliff neighborhood with the Pacific Ocean as the backdrop! The city streets take you into Golden Gate park and land you on Haight Street, one of the most famous streets in the world. Next up is the historic Mission district and the newly developed Mission Bay district. Run past the home of the Golden State Warriors and The SF Giants. Finish up just past the Bay Bridge and take a bow!

Course Certification

The 2nd Half Marathon course is USATF certified

Race Distance

13.1 Miles, course time limit 3.5 hours



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