People are always asking me if I work for the marathon full time. “Does it really take a year to plan The San Francisco Marathon?” Usually, I say “No, it takes 51 weeks to plan the Marathon and 1 week to clean it up!”
This very question was posed to me Sunday at the Emerald Across the Bay race and I realized it was time to share with runners all that goes into pulling off a 26.2 mile road race that has a 6 hour time limit for 24,000+ runners running on 42 streets (crossing through 3 times as many intersections that necessitates police or volunteer support), 12,000+ gallons of water at 12 aid stations, 1,500 volunteers and staff, 40 shuttle buses, 3 finish line tapes and a 2 day Runner Expo in a world class city that has multiple events each weekend. It is a daunting task, but in the Marathon office we thrive on this sort of activity. It helps that we are all dedicated runners and have high expectations of any event we attend. We are striving to make our race the best in the country.
Planning a marathon is very similar to training for and running one. As a runner you carefully select which event you want to participate in and then search for the perfect training schedule. In the Marathon office this pre-planning stage is composed on applying for city, park, port and police permits. Runners love to run on The Golden Gate Bridge and The San Francisco Marathon is incredibly fortunate to be the only foot race in the City that has approval to close down lanes of vehicle traffic so that participants can escape the sidewalks and run on the road bed of this […]