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San Francisco Marathon | Event in San Francisco

Whether you’re running or watching, the San Francisco Marathon is a popular Event in San Francisco.

Date of Event: July 29, 2018

The San Francisco Marathon is an Event in San Francisco that attracts 25,000 runners and thousands of spectators. This race is USATF certified, and it boasts one of the most scenic marathon routes in the country.

About The San Francisco Marathon:
The San Francisco Marathon attracts some of the country’s most elite runners. More than 25,000 runners will take part in this 2018 Event in San Francisco, and a number of different races mean that there is something for all ages and fitness levels.

The San Francisco Marathon is a qualifying event for the Boston Marathon, and many of the runners who participate are doing so in order to qualify for Boston. Others come for the beautiful scenery and somewhat challenging terrain. The marathon begins at Embarcadero near the Ferry Building and includes Fisherman’s Wharf, the Golden Gate Bridge, Golden Gate Park, and Haight Street. It’s a wonderfully scenic course.

In addition to the full marathon, this Event in San Francisco also includes 2 half marathons, a 5k, and an ultramarathon. The ultramarathon is 2 marathons run back to back. Participants in this grueling race run the course in reverse the night before the official marathon. Then they line up with the other runners and run it again. While the ultramarathon is only for advanced runners, the half marathon and 5k give less experienced runners a chance to participate.

The Race Expo is a 2-day event that takes place in the days leading up to the San Francisco Marathon. The Expo, which takes place at Fort Mason Center Pavilion (2 Marina Boulevard San Francisco, CA 94123) features products and information for runners and for anyone who wants to live  healthier life. The Race Expo is also the pickup spot for bibs and race packets.

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