The San Francisco Marathon Course: Mile 25
Mile 25 runs along the waterfront on Terry Francois Boulevard from 19th Street to Pier 48 in the Mission Bay neighborhood. Illinois heads along the perimeter of the SF Bay, then runners turn right on Terry Francois Boulevard, hugging the waterfront the entire mile, making for superbly scenic views.
In the 1850s, the area was used for shipbuilding and repair, butchery and meat production, and oyster and clam fishing. Now, this neighborhood is chock-full of new construction, namely new condo developments and high rises.
UCSF Medical Center opened its Mission Bay campus here in February 2015. It’s among the greenest urban hospitals in the nation and one of the first hospitals in California to achieve the LEED Gold certification honor.
To the left are high rises and new construction, and to the right is the west shore of the San Francisco Bay, lined with piers, and dotted with sailboats and bayfront tankers.
Once a bait and tackle shop in the 1950s, the historic Mission Rock Resort on Terry Francois between 17th and 16th streets is an expansive waterfront spot specializing in seafood.
At 550 Terry Francois Boulevard is the headquarters of the Old Navy brand of The Gap clothing retailer.
At Pier 54, runners get their first glimpse of the San Francisco Giant’s baseball stadium, AT&T Park. The stadium stands proudly in front of towering downtown high rises that loom behind it. Runners will easily spot the an 80-foot Coca-Cola bottle with its superslides and viewing platforms. The park itself boasts breathtaking city views and a classic design, with “splash” home run hits that launch into McCovey Cove. At its entrance, the stadium features a nine-foot tall statue of America’s greatest living ballplayer, Willie Mays.
The Bay Bridge, connecting San Francisco to Oakland and the East Bay, also comes into sight at this mile. The Bay Bridge was the longest bridge in the world when it opened in 1936, six months before the Golden Gate Bridge. The bridge’s new east span, completed in early 2015 and most complex public works project in California history, is a single deck with eastbound and westbound lanes on each side, making it the world’s widest bridge, according to 2014’s Guinness World Records.
Located in the San Francisco Giants Parking Lot A, at the corner of 3rd Street and Terry Francois Boulevard, The Yard at Mission Rock is a new neighborhood gathering spot created out of repurposed shipping containers. It provides food, drinks, shopping, cultural and community events. Offerings include food trucks, yoga classes, happy hours, live music performances and more.
There’s a water stop in the middle of Mile 25, and the stretch ends just before China Basin Park at McCovey Cove.
About the author
Erin Mara is a writer and runner living in San Francisco. Her favorite city runs, along with her trusted training buddy, Izzy, include the Bay Trail from Fort Mason to the Golden Gate Bridge; Golden Gate Park out to Ocean Beach; and the Bay Area Ridge Trail, through the Presidio and out to the California Coastal Trail and Baker Beach – where she recently got engaged mid-run at the Pacific Overlook.