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California > Run with the Jets Half Marathon & 5K
San Mateo, CA  •  Sunday, August 17, 2014  •  Course Map


Fast, flat and filled with awe-inspiring views of San Francisco Bay and the bridges that span the water off in the distance, San Mateo's Run with the Jets Half Marathon & 5K will also give runners a close-up view of the planes landing and taking off at nearby San Francisco International Airport, as the starting and finish line for this out-and-back race lies just down the shore from the airport.

Runners will start the race at Coyote Point County Park, a 670-acre park filled with the area's distinctive eucalyptus trees that sticks out into the San Francisco Bay and is considered one of the area's best places for plane watching, as it lies within the landing pattern for the airport. The race begins near the area known as the "knoll" inside the park, from which it heads southward and eastward along the shoreline of the bay, taking runners toward Foster City.

The race route remains flat for just about the entire 13.1-mile race route, as runners stay on the Bay Trail that hugs the shoreline as it winds through Ryder Court Park and Tideland Park -- just a couple of the parks along the Bay that are connected by the trail, which has given rise to the nickname "a string of pearls connecting gems" -- on its way to the half-way turnaround point, which lies right at the intersection between Foster City Boulevard and Beach Park Boulevard.

Once runners make the turn and start the second half of the race, the course brings them back along the exact same route they've just run, in reverse this time, all the way back to Coyote Point Park for the finish line back at the knoll.

Along the way, runners will get to see the sights a second time, including the marina and the Coyote Point Yacht Club as well as the Coyote Point Museum for Environmental Education, which features exhibits on the Bay Area's six major ecosystems, and has been recognized as the first ecology museum in the nation.

The race is limited to 1,500 runners in all three races combined, so registrants are encouraged to sign up early. Those running in the half marathon will start their race at 8:00 AM, followed by those running the 10K and 5K races shortly afterward. Please not that there is also a $6 parking fee for Coyote Point Park, and dogs are not allowed inside the park.

Race Weather & Climate

Located in the Bay Area on the San Francisco Peninsula, about 20 miles south of its larger neighboring city San Francisco, San Mateo typically sees its second-warmest month of the year in August, which has brought record temperatures here as low as 45°F (in 1955) and as high as 100°F (in 1993).

August Avg. Day of Race Monthly Precip.
Low: 56°F Low: 56°F Rain: 0.07 in.
High: 72°F High: 72°F Snow: 0 in.

Course Map

See the race route map for the Run with the Jets Half Marathon

Starting Time

8:00 AM


$65 for the half marathon
$35 for the 5K


To reserve your spot in the late summer 2014 running of San Mateo's Run with the Jets Half Marathon, 10K or 5K race, register online at Active.com.

Official Race Website


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