Rock ‘n’ Roll San Francisco Half Marathon

Sunday, April 7, 2019 • San Francisco, CA • Course Map

Set for its 7th annual running in 2019 under the Rock ‘n’ Roll Marathon series of races, the Rock ‘n’ Roll San Francisco Half saw more than 8,500 runners cross the finish line last year for this race that takes runners across the Golden Gate Bridge and back, up from just over 5,800 at its inaugural running back in 2013.

The race begins along the western edge of Golden Gate Park, near the intersection of Great Highway and Fulton Street. From there, runners head north along Great Highway and then right onto Balboa Street, a stretch that will take them into the Richmond District neighborhood, often called simply “the Richmond.”

Once just a stretch of sand dunes that led out into the Pacific Ocean, the area now known for its densely packed homes, restaurants (especially Chinese restaurants) and shops was first developed in the late 19th century. The development of the area kicked into higher gear after the historic 1906 earthquake here, which laid bare the city’s need for more housing.

After the stretch through the Richmond, runners head next into the Presidio, the onetime military base that’s now known for its wooded hills, tree-lined roads and gorgeous views, and it also home to the corporate offices of Lucasfilm, George Lucas’s film production company.

Once they reach the Presidio Parkway, between miles 4 and 5, the crown jewel of the course is up next.

That’s the stretch over and back across the Golden Gate Bridge, which — if the weather cooperates — offers up some of the most spectacular, breathtaking views you’re likely to ever see.

The sun glinting off the waters of San Francisco Bay, coupled with the dramatic red-orange architecture of the bridge itself, is something to behold and take in as much as you can while you run.

It also includes some of the race’s steepest hills, at least along the access road going onto and coming off the bridge.

After that is a respite from the hills in the stretch along Chrissy Field and Marina Boulevard, but the final few miles of the race bring the hills back again, as you cross the famed Lombard Street and head up Polk and Larkin Street toward the race finish, just a block from San Francisco City Hall.

The course time limit is 3 1/2 hours, and both runners and walkers are welcome — though if you don’t reach the cutoff location by a certain point in the time limit, you’ll have to leave the course and take the official race shuttle to the finish line.

Race Weather & Climate

Located in Northern California along the coastline of San Francisco Bay and the Pacific Ocean, San Francisco typically sees an average of 1.25 inches of rainfall in April, while temperatures during the month here have risen as high as a record 94ºF (in 1989) and fallen to as low as 23ºF (in 1996).

On the day of the race (April 7), the average low is 50ºF and the average high is 64ºF.

Past Results

Course Map

See the race route map for the Rock ‘n’ Roll San Francisco Half Marathon here.

Starting Time

6:15 AM


  • $70 and up for the half marathon


To reserve your spot in the spring 2019 running of the United Airlines Rock ‘n’ Roll San Francisco Half Marathon, register online at the event website below.

Official Race Website

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2 comments… add one
  • Peter January 29, 2018, 10:02 am

    Wow, it’s kinda deceptive to allow those ad for a PDF Conversion program to masquerade as the actual links for “Route Map,” “Register,” “Registration Registration,” and “Half Marathon”

  • Ann April 27, 2015, 10:25 pm

    I missed the expo and had to pick my bib up the morning of the race. Is there a way to still get my tshirt?


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