Saturday, October 31, 2020 • Sausalito, CA • Course Map
Run along a backdrop that combines gorgeous natural vistas with views of San Francisco’s urban skyline in the distance, as well as a hilly and challenging course, the Golden Gate Headlands Marathon, Half Marathon & 6-Mile race unfold over a course that features some dramatic changes in elevation — the half marathon course climbs and descends roughly 800 feet overall in elevation.
The race starts across the bay from San Francisco’s Presidio, in Sausalito at the Golden Gate National Recreation Area, where runners start the race at the spot known as Rodeo Beach.
From there, participants follow an out-and-back loop course through the area known as the Marin Headlands, which overlook the city and the Golden Gate Bridge, and take runners along a course that’s truly postcard-perfect, a combination of single-track hiking trails, fire roads, pavement and a beach crossing, running throughout along the lush Pacific shoreline dotted with vibrant wildflowers.
The course through Sausalito is a single 13.1-mile loop that runners in the half marathon run once, and those running the full 26.2-mile marathon run twice.
Though there are two aid & water stations laid out along the course — at mile markers 5 and 10 — race organizers strongly encourage participants to bring their own water with them for the run.
The race is virtually all trails, including Sausalito’s Coastal Trail, Wolf Springs Trail, Old Springs Trail, Marincello Trail and Rodeo Valley Trail, in addition to a brief stretch of the race along Conzelman Road.
After the start time of 8:00 AM, runners have 6 hours to complete the course, which means they’ll need to keep a pace of at most 13:45 minutes per mile (for the full marathon) and 27:30 minutes per mile for the half marathon.
Race Weather & Climate
Weather in the “city by the bay” can be unpredictable throughout the year, and is famous for its cool-to-cold fall weather. October temperatures in the Sausalito area average between the mid-50s and the low 70s, while rainfall begins to become a possibility for the month, with just under 1.5 inches for the month.
On the day of the race (Oct. 31), the average low is 51°F and the average high is 69°F.
- 2019 Golden Gate Headlands Half Marathon Results
- 2018 Golden Gate Headlands Half Marathon Results
- 2017 Golden Gate Headlands Half Marathon Results
- 2016 Golden Gate Headlands Half Marathon Results
- 2015 Golden Gate Headlands Half Marathon Results
- 2014 Golden Gate Headlands Half Marathon Results
- 2013 Golden Gate Headlands Half Marathon Results
- 2012 Golden Gate Headlands Half Marathon Results
- $50 – $70 for the half marathon
- $60 – $80 for the full marathon
- $40 – $60 for the 10K
- $10 – $20 for the full marathon, marathon, 10K (youth)
To reserve your spot in the 2020 running of Sausalito’s Golden Gate Headlands Marathon, Half Marathon or 6-mile race, register online at the event website here.
Official Race Website
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