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Rock ‘n’ Roll Marathon | San Francisco Things to Do

Runners and San Francisco visitors enjoy attending the United Airlines Rock ‘n’ Roll Half Marathon.

Date of Event: April 8, 2018

For more than 20 years, the Rock ‘n’ Roll Marathon Series has given avid runners and sport spectators an exciting event to participate in and enjoy. This year, the 2018 United Airlines Rock ‘n’ Roll Half Marathon takes its 6th run in San Francisco and all the action is moments from Hotel Union Square.

About the 2018 United Airlines Rock ‘n’ Roll Half Marathon:
The 2018 United Airlines Rock ‘n’ Roll Half Marathon brings the best of the Rock ‘n’ Roll Marathon Series’ course planning, community engagement and runner support to the streets of San Francisco for the 6th time. This iconic race is always on the bucket lists of amateur and professional runners, and it’s one of the only half marathons that you’ll see traversing the infamous Golden Gate Bridge.

Friends and family members - and strangers with a common passion for running - come together to participate in the Rock ‘n’ Roll Half Marathon annually. A best-in-class running event and one of the top San Francisco Things to Do each year, the Rock ‘n’ Roll Half Marathon features music as a source of fuel and fun.

A new and improved race experience awaits those who take part in the Rock ‘n’ Roll Marathon this year, and those who come to watch in 2018. There will be more music throughout the course and a wider range of support services, as well as increased chances for spectators to get involved in the event.

The course for this year is fresh and fantastic. The 2018 United Airlines Rock ‘n’ Roll Half Marathon begins at Pier 39 and finishes up near Ghirardelli Square. With a course loop that’s ideal for viewing San Francisco’s top sights and attractions, participants and onlookers receive a special kind of treat and an absolute fantastic city tour. San Francisco's vibrant northern waterfront - its wharfs, parks, beaches and retail outlets - all serve as the perfect backdrop for the perfect race.

The 2018 Rock ‘n’ Roll Half Marathon in San Francisco travels through Fisherman’s Wharf, the Marina District, Crissy Field, Fort Point and Sausalito.

Runners and those who want to watch this popular choice for San Francisco Things to Do are close to the festivities when they stay at Hotel Union Square. Our hotel in San Francisco offers an ideal location near public transportation that easily takes visitors to the northern waterfront in San Francisco. As an added bonus, our hotel is close to some of the best shops, restaurants and cultural venues in the city.

As you plan your stay, browse our San Francisco FAQs to read about Dining, Shopping, Attractions, and more. Also, view Hotel Union Square’s well-appointed Guest Rooms & Suites and our current list of Special Offers.