California > US Half Marathon
San Francisco, CA • Sunday, November 3, 2013 • Course Map
One of a number of half marathon running events that features San Francisco's signature Golden Gate Bridge as part of its course, the autumn US Half Marathon welcomed just over 3,600 runners for the 2012 running of this race along the bay, from the city of San Francisco over to the Marin Headlands and back.
Most of the race course is fairly fast and flat, 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 scheduled starting time for the event is 7:00 AM.
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 four hours.
Thanks to the growth of the race and its popularity in recent years, in 2009 organizers added a second US Half Marathon for San Francisco in the spring, which they're calling "The Other Half." Learn more about the race -- which follows the same course as the November race -- by viewing the race details for the US Half Marathon "The Other Half".
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. November temperatures in the San Francisco area average between 51°F and 64°F, while rainfall totals average just over 3.3 inches for the month.
On the day of the race (Nov. 3), the average low is 53°F and the average high is 67°F.
View the race route map for the US Half Marathon
$80 for the half marathon, if registered by June 3, 2013
$90 between June 4 - September 3
$100 between Sept. 4 - October 3
$110 between Oct. 4 - November 1 at 12:00 noon
$130 at the race expo on Nov. 2
To reserve your spot in the fall 2013 running of San Francisco's US Half Marathon, register online at GetMeRegistered.com.
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