Sunday, November 6, 2016 • San Francisco, CA • Course Map
Formerly known as the US Half Marathon, the Golden Gate Half takes uses the same course since its first running in 2002 — a run that starts and finishes in San Francisco next to Aquatic Park and then unfolds across the majestic Golden Gate Bridge, to the Marin Headlands and back.
More than 3,700 runners came out and trekked across the bridge in the race last year, along a mostly fast and flat course — though there are some challenging, hilly stretches around the mid-point of the course, when runners tackle the hills leading up to and coming down from the bridge.
The 13.1-mile course for the race begins at the historic Muni Pier on the city’s waterfront area, near the Aquatic Park on Van Ness Avenue. From there, the out-and-back course takes runners on a mostly westward route through the city streets, along Bay Street, Marina Boulevard and Mason Street on the way toward Lincoln Boulevard and the approaching roadway to the bridge.
Once on the bridge, runners follow the course all the way over to the other side at the Marin Headlands, and reach the turnaround point at North Vista Point, where they start the second half of the race.
On the course along the way back, runners follow a slightly different course in the last third of the race, as miles 10, 11 and 12 take the field along the Golden Gate Promenade along the beach of the Golden Gate National Recreation Area.
The course follows through here, and then along Marina Boulevard, all the way to the finish line back at the Aquatic Park near the pier. Participants will need to keep at most a 13-minute-per-mile pace, and the course will remain open for 3 hours.
Race Weather & Climate
The weather in the “city by the bay” can be unpredictable throughout the year, and is famous for its cool-to-cold summer weather, though fall brings moderate temperatures with occasional showers. In November, record temperatures here have reached as low as 40°F (in 1994) and as high as 86°F (in 1966).
On race day (Nov. 6), the average low is 52ºF and the average high is 66ºF.
- 2015 Golden Gate Half Marathon Results
- 2014 US Half Marathon Results
- 2013 US Half Marathon Results
- 2012 US Half Marathon Results
- 2011 US Half Marathon Results
Course Time Limit
3 hours — you’ll need to keep a pace of 14 minutes per mile or faster.
See race website
To reserve your spot in the 2016 running of San Francisco’s Golden Gate Half Marathon, register online at imATHLETE.com here.
Official Race Website
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