San Francisco Marathon
The San Francisco Marathon is a loop course. The race starts and finishes on the Embarcadero (near the Ferry Building), traversing San Francisco. The Full Marathon runs through Fisherman’s Wharf, the Marina, across the Golden Gate Bridge (and back!), through the Presidio and into Golden Gate Park. After a tour of Golden Gate Park, you’ll run down the famous Haight Street and through the Mission, Potrero and Mission Bay Districts. After a pass behind AT&T Park you’re almost home – just run under the Bay Bridge and up to the Finish Line. The course is USATF certified and is a Boston Marathon qualifying race.
Hotels Near The Marathon
Check our › list of hotels near the marathon, to make your trip as comfortable as possible. Stay at a good hotel to be fit at the starting line, and recover after the marathon!
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Marathon Course Limits
In order to qualify as an Official Finisher, you must finish within the 6 hour course limit. After the final wave start, runners must maintain a 13:45 minute per mile pace as the course will be closed on a mile-by-mile rolling basis. If you are unable to run within the allotted time, you will be asked to move onto the sidewalk. Once you are on the sidewalk, you must follow all traffic laws deemed by the City and County of San Francisco. The course will be re-opened to traffic and aid stations may be closed.