The 2012 San Francisco Marathon | Best Viewing Locations
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Sports Basement (Presidio) | 610 Old Mason St San Francisco, CA 94129
There are several options for you, as a spectator, to see your runner or to cheer on them as they get closer to the finish line of the San Francisco Marathon on July 29, 2012 which starts at (gulp) 5:30am!
Here are some options and recommended viewing locations:
The Start Line for the 1st Half Marathon and Full Marathon is on the Embarcadero at Mission Street. The Start Line for the 2nd Half Marathon and the Finish Line for the 1st Half Marathon is in Golden Gate Park near the Rose Garden (on JFK).The Finish Line for the 2nd Half Marathon and the Full Marathon is on the Embarcadero at Folsom.
Suggested Spectator Viewing Locations
#1: Sports Basement Presidio (between miles 4 and 5)
The steepest hill of the race is between miles 4 and 5 – right around the second water stop. Help support the participants by cheering them on as they go up this hill and enjoy beautiful views of the Golden Gate Bridge. The Sports Basement is located at 610 Mason St. in the Presidio, across from Crissy Field.
#2: The 1st Half Marathon Finish in Golden Gate Park (1st Half Mile 13.1)
Cheer your loved one at the Half Marathon point of the race. Cheer on the marathon runners, while watching the finish of the 1st Half Marathon. This cheer area is located on JFK Drive at 14th Avenue in Golden Gate Park’s Rose Garden. Take the Spectator Bus from the Main Start Line to watch your runner finish.
#3: The 2nd Half Marathon Start in Golden Gate Park
Cheer your loved one at the 2nd Half Marathon Start. Cheer on the marathon runners, while watching the start of the 2nd Half Marathon. This cheer area is located at the corner of JFK Drive and 36th Avenue in Golden Gate Park. After cheering at the start, take the Spectator Bus to the main Finish Line to watch your runner finish the race!
#4: Haight Ashbury (between miles 19 & 20)
Watch runners cross this popular intersection in the Upper Haight District of the city. Runners need your support as they head into the final 10k. You can grab some breakfest or coffee as you wait at the many local cafes. This location can be found at the corner of Haight St. and Ashbury.
#5: Sports Basement Bryant St (mile 22)
Make some noise and help participants at one of the more difficult parts of the race. Sports Basement is sponsoring this Portrero Cheer Station to help participants at one of the more difficult parts of the race. Cheer, dance and support the participants around Mile 22 to help them finish the race! Spectators can stop by the Sports Basement store (16th and Bryant) on race day for some snacks and 10% off all purchases.
#6: Lululemon Cheer Station (between miles 23 & 24)
Dust off your cowbells and join lululemon athletica as we cheer on the amazing athletes. Wear your best and brightest yellow gear and stay energized with complimentary breakfast and coffee.
Spectator Bus Tickets (not required)
There are 2 spectator bus options:
1. One way bus to Golden Gate Park (1st Half Finish Line). There is NO return service with this bus, spectators must find their own transportation back to the Main Finish Line.
Fees: $5.00 per ticket
2. The Hop-on, Hop-off service stops along the waterfront at Crissy Field (stop #1), in beautiful Golden Gate Park (stop #2), where you will have multiple opportunities watch your runner, and the eclectic Dog Patch area of Potrero Hill (stop #3), friends and family can see their runners in many different parts of the City by the Bay!
Buses leave from the corner of Mission and Stueart Streets (near the Start Line) beginning at 5:45 am and continuing through 11:30 am that day. Tickets must be purchased in advance.
Fees: $20.00 per ticket
Links: Event detailsCost: FREE*
*Free to watch and cheerFree, Marathon, Sports
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