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July 23, 2015

The San Francisco Marathon Basics You Need to Know

Do you smell that? The smell of victory, triumph and glory all wrapped up in one shiny metal? No not that sidewalk hot dog, silly; we’re talking about the Olympic Gold medal. On July 26, 2015, future Olympic runners will line up their minds, hearts and bodies for the San Francisco Marathon. This year, the marathon celebrates being newly anointed as a sanctioned USA Track & Field qualifier race for the 2016 Olympic Team Trials, which is a first in the Bay Area. 


The annual event consists of five events, ranging from a 5k, two half-marathons, a full marathon and a thrilling Ultramarathon, where runners tackle the full marathon in reverse before proceeding to run the full marathon. The Full Marathon runs through Fisherman’s Wharf, the Marina, across the roadbed of the Golden Gate Bridge, through the Presidio and into Golden Gate Park, down Haight Street and through the Mission, Potrero and Mission Bay Districts. The route continues behind AT&T Park, under the Bay Bridge and up to the finish line. So you can imagine what the Ultra marathon looks like. Phew! The races begin Sunday morning at 12 a.m. with the latest starting at around 8:35 a.m. Beginning on Sunday at midnight until 3 p.m., a large portion of The Embarcadero will be closed.

Not a runner? Neither are we, but we still cheer for and celebrate all their conviction. There are many locations to spectate, some of which include the Ferry Building, Fort Mason, and the two Sports Basements with pop-up parties located in SF. Spend Friday and Saturday over at the free Health & Fitness Expo at Fort Mason, where one will find a Beer Garden presented by Lagunitas Brewing Company, food trucks Off the Grid style, and merchandise from vendors.

Transit Advisory

There will be many roads closed and detours on this day. They are as follow:

The following street closures will be in effect from midnight Saturday to around 3 p.m. Sunday:

  • Northbound Embarcadero between Broadway and King Street
  • King Street between northbound Embarcadero and Third Street
  • Steuart Street south of Howard Street
  • Eastbound Howard Street between The Embarcadero and Spear Street
  • Southbound Embarcadero between Broadway and Harrison Street

MUNI will suffer from delays and rerouting due to this event. 

The lines that will be affected are as follow:

Rail lines: F, KT, N

Bus routes: K-OWL, L-OWL, M-OWL, N-OWL, T-OWL, 1, 5, 6, 9, 10, 12, 14, 14L, 19, 22, 24, 27, 28, 29, 31, 33, 37, 38, 43, 44, 47, 48

Just because you avoid these streets, doesn't mean you won't be experiencing delays. Be prepared.

Photo via hookedonmarathoning.

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