Explore the captivating city of San Francisco by running in one of the world’s great marathons. A USAT&F Certified course and a qualifier for the Boston, the 2015 San Francisco Marathon offers a whirlwind tour of the City by the Bay with sublime views and live music that reflect the city’s diverse artistic community.
On Your Marks, Get Set, GO!
Starting at the Ferry Building, racers head along Embarcadero and the Bay, cruising past Fisherman’s Wharf and through the Marina with a loop over the Golden Gate Bridge. The 26.2-mile course winds through the Presidio along the Pacific Ocean, Golden Gate Park, Haight Street, the Mission District and by AT&T Park to finish at the Ferry Building.
What’s cool about the San Francisco Marathon is that the event has several races, from a 5k to a progressive marathon and two halfs. Elite runners can brave the challenging “Worth the Hurt” 52.4 Ultra Marathon. If you’re in town to cheer and wave on your favorite runner, there are several cheer stations and beautiful spots along the route.
Before and After the Race – Shop, Eat and Get Psyched
Runners and spectators will love what’s happening during the San Francisco Marathon race weekend. Head to the Race Expo at the Fort Mason Center Festival Pavilion on Friday and Saturday, where racers can pick up their packets with their bibs, timing chip and t-shirts. The Expo features booths with high-tech running and sports gear, from shoes and apparel to sunglasses and health foods. Want to feel like an elite racer? Get tickets to the VIP Party, with private gear check, a pre-race breakfast, VIPs-only bathrooms, a post-race brunch with healthy farmer’s market food and massages, from 4 am to 1 pm in the Ferry Building.
And getting to the Start Line at Embarcadero is easier than ever. The San Francisco Marathon has early morning bus service from six BART stations around the Bay Area so you can focus on the race without the hassle of driving and finding a parking spot on race day. Buses will transport runners from the following BART stations: Walnut Creek, El Cerrito Plaza, MacArthur, Bay Fair, Daly City, and Millbrae. Buses will arrive at the Start Line by 4:45am. After you cross the finish line, BART will be running on their regular schedules.
San Francisco Hotels Near The Start Line
If you’re coming from out of town to run the SF Marathon, the city boasts fantastic hotels on the Embarcadero and in the Marina District. Stay within walking distance of the start and finish lines at the Hyatt Regency San Francisco. Situated on the Embarcadero waterfront, steps from the Ferry Building, this hotel offers beautiful rooms and suites with Bay views, a free breakfast, a fitness center and the Eclipse Restaurant & Lounge.
For a more intimate hotel experience, Hotel Griffon is a luxury boutique hotel along the Embarcadero that exudes style and charm. Voted the “Best Boutique Hotel” and “Best 24 Hour Getaway” by San Francisco Magazine, Hotel Griffon offer European-inspired rooms and suites, gorgeous bay views, and the famous Perry’s on the Embarcadero, serving classic American food for over 45 years.