Nike Women’s Half Marathon San Francisco

Sunday, October 18, 2015 • San Francisco, CA • Course Map

An estimated 20,000 women of all ages hit the streets of San Francisco each fall for the annual running of the Nike Women’s Half Marathon, which marks its 12th annual running in 2015 with a gorgeous, scenic and challenging race route.

At this race, you’ll get to see the famous hills of this city’s streets as well as the views of the Golden Gate Bridge and Golden Gate Park, Fisherman’s Wharf, Coit Tower, the signature TransAmerica building and more.

(Note: There won’t be a 2016 Nike Women’s Half Marathon in San Francisco. Read this post for more.)

The half marathon route starts at downtown San Francisco’s Union Square, near the intersection of Stockton and Post streets. From there, runners follow what is roughly an upside-down “U” shaped point-to-point course, most of which unfolds along the waters of the San Francisco Bay.

The race also features views of the bridge and the Marin Headlands off in the distance, Alcatraz and the Presidio as runners make their way around to the finish line looking out onto the Pacific Ocean, along Great Highway.

During the rest of the race, you’ll follow a course that winds through Crissy Field and along the neighborhoods that overlook South Bay from the cliffs above, as well as Lands’ End and the U.S.S. San Francisco Memorial.

The race’s hilliest stretches occur after the mid-way point of the race, as runners are passing around the edges of the Presidio and cross under the road that leads up to the Golden Gate Bridge.

Between the sixth and seventh mile markers, and again between the mile 8 and mile 9 markers, the race route sees some of its biggest hills, as the course rises roughly 300 feet in elevation in spots.

Those stretches are followed by big downhill descents between miles 9 and 10, and then by one much less steep hill between miles 11 and 12 along John F. Kennedy Drive, once runners have made their way into Golden Gate Park. The last mile of the race thankfully unfolds mostly downhill, to the finish line just outside the park.

Runners in the distance at the Nike Women's Marathon & Half San Francisco. (Photo by Burt/flickr)

Runners in the distance at the Nike Women’s Marathon & Half San Francisco. (Photo by Burt/flickr)

Race Weather & Climate

San Francisco’s famously unpredictable weather turns generally mild to moderately cool in the early fall, usually with still quite dry conditions during the month the race is held (the city’s summers are usually very dry as well, while its winters are when most of its rainfall occurs).

In October, the city’s average monthly temperatures range between 69°F and 54°F, while rainfall totals average just over 1.1 inches for the month. On the day of the race, the average low is 54°F and the average high is 70°F.

Past Results

Course Map

See the race route map for the Nike Women’s Half Marathon San Francisco here.

Starting Time

6:30 AM




To enter the random drawing for entry into the 2015 Nike Women’s Half Marathon San Francisco, sign up at the official race website here.

Official Race Website


Ever run in the Nike Women’s Half San Francisco? Share your impressions here, or post your review in the Comments box below.

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37 comments… add one
  • Shigeko Miyazaki July 27, 2016, 3:57 pm

    I have not got the confirmation mail and bib number. My Id number is106299. Please give me farther information .

  • Carol Hanna October 12, 2015, 12:51 pm

    I had to have major surgery and can’t make the run. My conformation is 119732. My surgeon and my doctor is willing to write u regarding my condition. I want to know if I can get a waiver so I can run it next year.thank u so much.
    Carol Hanna

  • Mariana Diaz October 11, 2015, 10:29 pm

    Unfortunately I won’t be able to run the Nike woman half marathon and need to know if I could defer it for next year 2016. Also, I cannot find my registration confirmation email. Please let me know if it could be deferred or if I’m able to sell it or transfer to someone else. My contact number is 646 644-3495

  • Andre Wright October 10, 2015, 3:32 pm

    Anyone selling their bibs? I’m looking to buy one.

    • michelle October 16, 2015, 1:50 pm

      Selling my bib – already picked up! Must meet in San Mateo/peninsula.
      $200 firm

      • michelle October 16, 2015, 1:51 pm

        Selling mine – In San Mateo $200

    • Sydney Saunders October 17, 2015, 1:01 am

      I’m selling my bib if you are still looking to buy!!! 925.586.6602


  • Debbie October 10, 2015, 11:09 am

    I am interested in purchasing 2 bibs.

    • Sara October 15, 2015, 4:25 pm

      Hello, I would love to sell my bib. Contact me if you are still interested

      • michelle October 16, 2015, 1:51 pm

        selling one in San Mateo – email if interested $200

  • Amit Goyal October 5, 2015, 6:44 pm

    I recently injured my shoulder, hence I’m selling my bib. If interested text me at 516-356-3357 or email@ Cheers.

  • Heather October 5, 2015, 1:19 pm

    Are we able to pick up the packet for others on our team at one of the early pick-up locations?

  • Shannon October 2, 2015, 12:27 pm

    I cannot find my email confirmation in order to pick up my packet. And since you have changed the mailing of the packets, I need help. How can I find this email confirmation? From whom was it sent so I can search? And what should I do if I cannot find it. We were accepted as a group, my account was debited, but I do not recall getting an email confirmation.
    Thank you ~ Shannon

  • Lauren Glick September 29, 2015, 11:54 am

    Where do I pick up my bib?

  • Del Owen September 27, 2015, 11:34 am

    Looking to buy bid for SF women Half.

    • Sarah October 2, 2015, 8:49 am

      Happy to sell my bib to you if you’re still interested!

  • Del Owen September 27, 2015, 11:29 am

    I would love to run if anyone out there has a number they aren’t using. Do you know if they re-issue unused numbers if people can’t make the race for whatever reason?

  • Nora Yamada September 20, 2015, 11:06 am

    I forgot to register for the shuttle when I enter the drawing for Nike Women’s half in San Francisco. I got in, but need to add the shuttle. Anyone know how to do that?

  • Melanie Cancio August 18, 2015, 7:27 pm

    I recently fractured my foot and unable to train. A friend would like to buy my bib. How do I go about doing that?

  • Melanie Cancio August 4, 2015, 9:56 pm

    I registered for the half marathon as a student. A friend of mine said we have to do fund raising for Lymphoma Society? I didn’t see that I need to do that. This is my first Nike half marathon.

  • mitchell July 10, 2015, 3:13 am

    were can i sigh up to be a volunteer

  • Caroline July 3, 2015, 10:28 pm

    The link to the 2014 SF results is not working, it just routes to the Nike site. Can someone fix this? I’ve sent a few emails already and no response.
    Thank you

  • Monica Alvarez June 15, 2015, 6:02 pm

    I want to register for the 2015 Nike Women’s Half Marathon in SF.
    Where do I do so?

  • veronica June 12, 2015, 2:34 pm

    I want to register for the nike sanfrancisco run,
    can you please call me rather than email, thank you

  • Giovanna Lavoy May 28, 2015, 7:06 am

    When is registration and lottery begins
    Colombia South America
    Thank u (gracias)

  • Jean Healy April 28, 2015, 3:57 pm

    Is it possible to register to walk the Nike half marathon in San Francisco or Wasingto. DC?

  • Amaya March 11, 2015, 2:06 am

    I, too, would like to run the Nike Women’s Half Marathon this year in 2015 and wanted to find out how I can sign up to run the race or enter the drawing? This will my my first half, and I have been training since the beginning of the year!

  • Andreza Nissen January 27, 2015, 11:44 pm

    Please let me know where to sign up for the 2015 SF Half..
    Thank you..:))

  • Dalia January 20, 2015, 2:21 pm

    Please let me know where to sign up for the 2015 SF Half..
    Thank you..

  • Melissa Laughlin December 31, 2014, 12:10 am

    I was wondering when and where we can sign up for the 2015 San Fran Half Marathon? Also, is there a way to put a few names together as there are a few of us who run half’s together and this would be an amazing one to run as a group. Don’t want to break up the pack! Thanks in advance 🙂

  • Yovy October 18, 2014, 12:58 pm

    Can I run without a number?

  • Lana Hodzic October 18, 2014, 11:53 am

    Is there any information about the 2015 San Francisco Nike Women’s Half Marathon? When does registration for that open?

    • Shannon March 12, 2015, 12:32 am

      Can you please tell me the dates when the lottery will open for the San Francisco Nike half Marathon 2015? Can you also provide the website for the registration to the lottery?

  • Christina Ramirez September 23, 2014, 7:59 pm

    I would love to run the nike half marathon.

  • Terrell Johnson July 10, 2014, 2:13 pm

    Hi Del! According to Nike’s website, the random drawing for the 2014 Nike Women’s Half Marathon in San Francisco is now closed, unfortunately. But check back here for updates on the 2015 race, as well as Nike’s 2015 half marathon in Washington, DC.

  • Del Owen July 10, 2014, 12:29 pm

    Is there anyway to get in to drawing for number this year? This would be my first Nike Women’s Half. I have run a few full marathons (boston (2), new york, etc.) in the past and have this one on my bucket list to do before I get too old. 52yrs old in September. 🙂


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