California > Giant Race Half Marathon, 10K & 5K
San Francisco, CA • Sunday, August 4, 2013 • Course Map
If you're a baseball fan and you live anywhere near the San Francisco Bay area, this is probably the half marathon race that's tailored exactly for you, as runners finish the race literally by crossing home plate inside San Francisco's gorgeous AT&T Park, the home of its Major League Baseball team, the San Francisco Giants.
There's even a "Runner's Night" the evening before the race at the ballpark, where the race organizers in concert with the Giants organization will offer a number of special promotions for runners taking part in the race the next morning, as well as gift giveaways and other running-themed events during the game.
As for the race itself, you'll probably also be thankful that it's not run through this city's most famously hilly areas like the Presidio or the areas around Golden Gate Park -- instead, most of the race takes place on the city's northeast side, along long stretches of the Embarcadero, Fisherman's Wharf and the Fort Mason area, where runners will also see local tourist attractions like the Coit Tower, the Ghiradelli Chocolate Factory and San Francisco's Maritime National Historical Park.
Runners start the race within sight of AT&T Park in the area of the city known as Mission Bay, near the intersection of Mission Rock Boulevard and Terry Francois Street. From there, they follow what is roughly an out-and-back route that takes them down Terry Francois to 3rd Street, which then leads to King Street, which then becomes the Embarcadero, which runners in turn follow all the way around the eastern side of the city all the way up to Fisherman's Wharf.
The route heads next onto Jefferson Street, which ends in the pedestrian sidewalk in front of the Maritime Museum, just before runners enter the Fort Mason area. The route then takes runners into Fort Mason for the half-way turnaround section of the course, which brings them through Fort Mason and onto Laguna Street and Bay Street before heading back toward the water and back into the Maritime Historical Park area.
After runners make their way back onto the Embarcadero, there's a final loop along King and 3rd Streets before runners make the turn onto Terry Francois Street, and then they follow the port walkway as it makes its way around the waterfront and into the center field entrance at the rear of the stadium. Runners are asked to stay on the warning track as they make their way around the field, and to home plate for the finish.
Race Weather & Climate
Known as the "City by the Bay," San Francisco is home to some of the mildest weather anywhere in the U.S. at certain times of year, while also it can be quite chilly at surprising times of the year, even in the summertime.
In August, average monthly temperatures range between 56°F and 69°°F -- on the day of the race (Aug. 4), the average low is 55°F and the average high is 69°F -- while rainfall is almost nonexistent, with an average of less than a 10th of an inch for the month.
View the race route map for the Giant Race Half Marathon
$95 for the half marathon, if registered before July 15, 2013
$105 on July 15 and after
To reserve your spot in the late summer/early fall 2013 running of San Francisco's Giant Race Half Marathon, 10K or 5K race, register online at GoRun.org.
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