California > The US Half Marathon 2 "The Other Half"
San Francisco, CA • Sunday, April 8, 2012 • Course Map
Thanks to the growth in popularity of the annual fall running of San Francisco's US Half Marathon & 10K, race organizers in 2009 added a second, springtime running of the same course used in the annual fall race for the US Half Marathon 2, titled "The Other Half," which makes its third annual running in the spring of 2012.
Like the autumn race which has been run every year since 2002, the spring US Half features the city's signature Golden Gate Bridge as part 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 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.
Weather & Climate
Springtime in the San Francisco area offers some of the city's best weather for running, as the city usually experiences cool conditions and relatively low rainfall this time of year. In April, the city's average monthly temperatures range between 63°F and 49°F, while rainfall totals average about 1.46 inches for the month. On the day of the race (April 8), the average high is 63°F and the average low is 49°F.
View the race route map for the US Half Marathon 2
$75 for the half marathon, if registered by February 8, 2012
$90 between Feb. 9 - April 5, if not sold out before then
To reserve your spot in the spring 2012 running of San Francisco's US Half Marathon 2 ("The Other Half"), register online at GetMeRegistered.com.
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