What is the marathon route?
Runners start just south of the Ferry Building and go along the waterfront through Fisherman’s Wharf, Fort Mason, and the Presidio, at which point they’ll run across the Golden Gate Bridge -- twice -- along Lincoln Blvd., through Golden Gate Park, along Haight Street, through the Mission, Potrero Hill, and the Dogpatch, and past the ballpark before finishing back Downtown at Folsom Street and The Embarcadero.
Those running the 1st half marathon will end in Golden Gate Park after completing the northern loop that takes them past Spreckels Lake and back south down MLK Jr. Drive.
The 5K takes place entirely along The Embarcadero, which sounds boring after all of that stuff, but still has amazing views.
What street closures will be in effect?
You can expect there to be significant street closures on and around the race course, which means the following spots will be impacted: Financial District, Marina, Presidio, Golden Gate Bridge, Outer Richmond, Golden Gate Park, Haight Ashbury, Mission, Potrero Hill, and SoMa.
Check the marathon’s website for Race Day traffic advisories.
The biggest impact will be on the Golden Gate Bridge where northbound traffic will be closed from 6am to 9am. Expect impacts along the Embarcadero from midnight to 2:45pm, Fisherman’s Wharf from 5am to 7:30am, the Presidio from midnight to 10am, Outer Richmond from 6am to 10am, Golden Gate Park from 6am to 11:30am, Haight Street from 6:30am to 11:45am, Market Street at Duboce Ave. and Guerrero St. from 6:30am to noon, Mission and Potrero from 6:45am to 12:30pm, Third Street between 20th and 23rd Streets from 7am to 12:30pm, and South Beach from 7am to 12:30pm.
Basically, if you don’t have to be in -- or go or through -- any of the neighborhoods impacted during the race, don’t. Just trust us on this as we may or may have not had to cross the Bay to Breakers route in a car twice this year and it may or may not have taken four hours of our Sunday and years off of our life.
How will the marathon impact Muni?
As of the day we’re publishing this, the SFMTA has not updated which Muni routes and lines will be subject to route changes or delays, but it will be very similar to 2018. If you’re trying to travel to/from/through any of the following neighborhoods, expect delays and check SF311.org for more information: Financial District, Marina, Presidio, Outer Richmond, Golden Gate Park, Haight Ashbury, Mission, Potrero Hill.
What is the weather forecast for race day?
The average high in SF in July is 67 degrees. And that’s the HIGH. As of the day we’re publishing this, NOAA is forecasting Sunday to be sunny with a high near 70. Still, it will likely be chilly in the morning and possibly even foggy (especially across the bridge), which sound like excellent running conditions to us (save for the fact that the fog can make the bridge path slippery), so layers are key. Of course, layers are always key in San Francisco because that is who we are.
Is there a charity element to the marathon?
Of course there is. The official charity partner is The San Francisco Recreation and Park Department whose mission is “to provide enriching recreational activities, maintain beautiful parks and preserve the environment for the well-being of everyone in our diverse community.”
There are around 50 other charities who get support from the Biofreeze San Francisco Marathon each year as well, including Move for Hunger, Refugee Transitions, and San Francisco AIDS Foundation. Learn more about how the San Francisco Marathon supports the local community here.