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The 2019 San Francisco Marathon | Best Viewing Locations

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Sunday, July 28, 2019 - 5:30 am to 12:00 pm | Cost: FREE*
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All Over San Francisco | San Francisco, CA


See your favorite runner or cheer all of them on as they get closer to the finish line of the San Francisco Marathon on Sunday, July 29, 2018 which starts at (gulp) 5:30 am.

The San Francisco Marathon Expo will be on Friday, July 26th from Noon to 7 pm and  Saturday, July 27th from 9 am to 5 pm at Fort Mason Center.

The San Francisco Marathon is a loop course, taking runners on a journey around the city, hitting gorgeous locales and iconic landmarks all along the way. The race starts at the Embarcadero and Mission Street, traversing San Francisco.

Full Marathon

Join over 27,500 runners to take on our 26.2 mile loop USATF certified course (we’re also a Boston Marathon Qualifier and Olympic Team Time Trials Qualifier race) and take yourself on a running tour of San Francisco.

1st Half Marathon

Picture yourself racing as the California sun breaks through San Francisco’s iconic maritime fog. Bursting from the Embarcadero’s waterfront start line at the break of dawn. Racing up to the Golden Gate Bridge, through towering eucalyptus and redwood trees in Golden Gate Park where you’ll cross the 1st Half Finish Line. Then join over 27,500 runners at our Main Finish Line Festival.

In our 42nd year, take on our 13.1 miles course and take yourself on a running tour of San Francisco.

2nd Half Marathon

With a start beneath the towering redwoods in Golden Gate Park and a prized finish at Cupid’s Arrow along the Embarcadero, The Biofreeze San Francisco Marathon’s 2nd Half Marathon course winds through city streets, offering a locals’ only tour of the city’s treasured vistas. Racing beside the Conservatory of Flowers, through the Haight-Ashbury and Mission neighborhoods, beside AT&T Park, under the Bay Bridge and more, each runner’s journey unfolds against an unforgettable sense of place. Join our Full Marathoners as you take on 13.1 miles, the 2nd Half of our Full Marathon course.

Our 2nd Half Marathon is popular with runners looking to set a PR. Due to its low elevation profile and a gradual finishing descent toward the Embarcadero, many runners return to this course year after year to test their limits and reach new heights.

5K Race

Whether you’re racing for speed or pushing your little one as part of our stroller division, our fast, flat 5K course has something for everyone. Experience breathtaking views of iconic landmarks, such the Bay waterfront, Treasure Island, Coit Tower and more. Celebrate with runners from all distance events at our finish line festival.

2019 Official Cheer Stations & Entertainment

Cheer Stations

*Cheer stations and entertainment acts are subject to change without prior notice.


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Cost: FREE*
*Free to watch and cheer
Categories: **Annual Event**, *Top Pick*, San Francisco, Sports & Wellness
Address: San Francisco, CA

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