Sunday, August 11, 2019 • San Francisco, CA • Course Map
A simple loop course run that takes runners along the pedestrian & jogging path that runs around San Francisco’s Lake Merced Municipal Park, the Lake Merced Half Marathon & 4.5-Mile Run takes runners around the lake three times for the 13.1-mile half marathon, and just a single time for the shorter race.
The race is organized by San Francisco’s Dolphin South End Runners club, and attracted 200 runners for both the 13.1- and 4.5-mile races combined at its 2014 running. Club members receive a discount on the already low registration fee — they’ll pay $8 if they register in advance
Popular as a local destination for fishing, canoeing, boating and golf — next door are both the Harding Park Municipal Golf Course, San Francisco Golf Club and the Olympic Club Golf Course, which hosted the United States Open golf championship in 2012 — the 740-acre Lake Merced park is also home to numerous species of wildlife, including many waterfowl, and fish including trout, bass and carp. Runners get a view of the lake on their entire run around the course, which runs alongside the lake throughout the race.
Race Weather & Climate
With its relatively constant temperatures throughout the year — and yet often-cold conditions, especially in the summer, thanks to the wind coming in off the bay — San Francisco enjoys typical Northern California coastal weather, with dry, mild summers and wetter, cooler winters.
On race day (Aug. 11), the average low is 55ºF and the average high is 68ºF.
- 2018 Lake Merced Half Marathon Results
- 2017 Lake Merced Half Marathon Results
- 2016 Lake Merced Half Marathon Results
- 2015 Lake Merced Half Marathon Results
- 2014 Lake Merced Half Marathon Results
- 2013 Lake Merced Half Marathon Results
- 2012 Lake Merced Half Marathon Results
- 2011 Lake Merced Half Marathon Results
- $8 for the half marathon, for members of the Dolphin South End Runners club
- $10 for non-members
To reserve your spot in the 2019 running of the Lake Merced Half Marathon, register online at Active.com here.
Official Race Website
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