San Francisco is a runner’s paradise. Sure, there are some grueling hills, but those provide some great training opportunities. And there is no other city like San Fran for inspirational urban scenery. If you’re a runner, you know the Meccas of the marathon are Boston and New York City but don’t sleep on the Golden Gate Half Marathon.
Details About the Event
The Golden Gate Half Marathon takes place on November 3 with the LifeStyle Expo kicking off on November 2. Runners get to take an incredible journey through the City by the Bay. The event starts at the famous Muni Pier with tantalizing views of the Golden Gate Bridge and Alcatraz. It’s one of the few races that takes competitors over the Golden Gate Bridge. Running through the closed down streets of San Francisco is a once-in-a-lifetime type of experience for many.
There are two races for attendees. They can try the 13.1-mile main event or the 5K. Either option has a route that takes everyone to the Golden Gate Bridge and beyond. Both races start at 7 AM at the Van Ness/Aquatic Park. There are finisher tees and medals for category winners.
The half marathon costs $106 to enter and the 5K is $46. While it is pricey, this event earns it for runners.
Great Hotels by the Event
The Hyatt House San Ramon is a practical place to stay before attending the race. It’s just across the bay. Staying here puts you outside the city’s hustle and bustle (and attendant costs) but still close enough to get to and from the race with ease. With a 24-hour fitness center, outdoor pool, and good on-site dining, you can relax and recover after a hard race. If you want to stay in the city, InterContinental Mark Hopkins San Francisco is a historic, landmark hotel in the city’s venerable Nob Hill district. If you think you’ll crave some glitz and glamor from your race weekend, then look no further.
Transportation to the Event
You can travel to the race and other destinations by bus or in a taxi. However, if you’re going to run in the race, the best transportation method could be a bike ride. Low impact without keeping you sedentary, renting a bike from one of the city’s many facilities can keep your legs moving without too much strain.
Food to Try After the Event
When you run across the finish line, you’ll want a meal that can restore your energy. At Poke Don, you can order healthy food that’s delicious and refreshing. The menu features poke bowls that contain fresh seafood options, such as yellowtail, salmon, and tuna.
Fat Maddie’s Grille sells hardy sandwiches, unique burgers, and crisp salads. Following the marathon, many people eat these items and cool off while sitting at the sidewalk tables by the restaurant.
This guide can make your time at Golden Gate Half Marathon & 5K fun. If you come prepared for the trip, you can focus on your body’s performance and recovery and catch some amazing sights in the city.