San Francisco Marathon

San Francisco Marathon

 
4.4 (3 reviews)

San Francisco, CA
July 23, 2017

A running tour of everything San Francisco. This USATF certified course takes a loop through the City, starting from the Ferry Building, and hitting classic SF spots like Fisherman’s Wharf, The Golden Gate Bridge and Park, Haight Street, The Mission and AT&T Park. Gorgeous, historic, and a Boston Marathon qualifier to boot.

Race Reviews: 3
Overall Rating:
 
4.4
Course:
 
4.3
Organization:
 
4.5
Value:
 
4.3
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I know a lot of people have claimed this course to be difficult, so I had a little bit of a heads-up going into it. And they were right -- it definitely has some bumps in it. Personally, I love that. Who wants to run a flat race unless you're trying to qualify for Boston/NY? Yeah, 26 miles is tough, but what really separates those who are well trained is what happens on the hills. I was able to catch quite a few people on the hills and it was awesome. The only downside is that I was concentrating so hard on my breathing that I missed a lot of the [supposedly] awesome scenery.

On other notes, the expo was great and well organized.. I had no problems getting around. And the overall logistics of the race were good.. not quite as polished as some of the large marathons, but still good.. good potential. Overall, a great race and I highly recommend it.
Overall Rating:
 
4.8
Course:
 
4.5
Organization:
 
5.0
Value:
 
5.0
Reviewed by James Ross on 4/21/2014
Racing Experience: 20+ Marathons
Location: Sacramento, CA

Review: I know a lot of people have claimed this course to be difficult, so I had a little bit of a heads-up going into it. And they were right -- it definitely has some bumps in it. Personally, I love that. Who wants to run a flat race unless you're trying to qualify for Boston/NY? Yeah, 26 miles is tough, but what really separates those who are well trained is what happens on the hills. I was able to catch quite a few people on the hills and it was awesome. The only downside is that I was concentrating so hard on my breathing that I missed a lot of the [supposedly] awesome scenery.

On other notes, the expo was great and well organized.. I had no problems getting around. And the overall logistics of the race were good.. not quite as polished as some of the large marathons, but still good.. good potential. Overall, a great race and I highly recommend it.

I was hesitant at first to even consider a Californian marathon during the 'summer', but it turns out SF has pretty much consistently awesome weather during that time -- who knew!? As others have commented though, it's a tough course. The hills are relentless. Perhaps it's my fault for going in without enough training, but it was overall tough. Maybe I'm just too used to flat races in the midwest.

One major downfall of this race was the lack of coordination at aid stations. Several times I had to literally stop and wait for water glasses to be filled. I'm not the fastest runner on the planet, so it wasn't a huge heart-break for me, but I feel bad for any of the faster runners.
Overall Rating:
 
3.7
Course:
 
3.5
Organization:
 
3.5
Value:
 
4.0
Reviewed by Abigail Hartzler on 4/18/2014
Racing Experience: 20+ Marathons
Location: Chicago, IL

Review: I was hesitant at first to even consider a Californian marathon during the 'summer', but it turns out SF has pretty much consistently awesome weather during that time -- who knew!? As others have commented though, it's a tough course. The hills are relentless. Perhaps it's my fault for going in without enough training, but it was overall tough. Maybe I'm just too used to flat races in the midwest.

One major downfall of this race was the lack of coordination at aid stations. Several times I had to literally stop and wait for water glasses to be filled. I'm not the fastest runner on the planet, so it wasn't a huge heart-break for me, but I feel bad for any of the faster runners.

Pros:
- Great expo
- Neat finishers' t-shirt
- Scenic course
- cool finishers' medal
- run across the Golden Gate Bridge
- cheerful volunteers
- free beer!
Cons:
- it took me over an hour get to registered successfully. Website issues?
- the first half of the race is fairly difficult
Overall Rating:
 
4.7
Course:
 
5.0
Organization:
 
5.0
Value:
 
4.0
Reviewed by Elizabeth Turner on 3/14/2014
Racing Experience: 5 - 10 Marathons
Location: Colorado Springs, CO

Review: Pros:
- Great expo
- Neat finishers' t-shirt
- Scenic course
- cool finishers' medal
- run across the Golden Gate Bridge
- cheerful volunteers
- free beer!
Cons:
- it took me over an hour get to registered successfully. Website issues?
- the first half of the race is fairly difficult

Elevation Profile


Course Vitals

Course Layout: Loop
Elevation Gain: 500 ft.
Difficulty Rating: 2.50
Surface: Mostly Road/Paved
Certified: Yes

Gender Distribution


Total Number of Participants: 6,300

Finishing Times

Age Distribution

Boston & NYC Qualifiers

Total Qualifiers:

Boston 300

New York 83

 

Percentage of Total Finishers:

Boston 4.7%

New York 1.3%


Note: Data based off of 2016 race results