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A Thankful Note To Running

Written by Bonnie Wilson, 2016 San Francisco Marathon Ambassador
At 240 pounds, Pacific Northwest native Bonnie Wilson knew something needed to change — but she never expected running to become both her passion and her freedom. It did (after a few tries!) and today, she’s completed multiple marathons, is on a journey to becoming a personal trainer, leads Zumba classes as a fitness instructor and shares inspirational and insightful information on her blog, Zombie Running Princess.

In addition to her work on Zombie Running Princess, Bonnie works as a freelance researcher and writer, and enjoys anything to do with Pacific NW coffee, beer and professional wrestling.

Dear Running,

As we get ready for Thanksgiving, I found the need to tell you again how happy that I am that you have come into my life. I don’t know where I would be without you, so let me explain to you what makes me thankful that are in my life.

You give me peace: Any time I feel like my real life is spinning out of control you give me the chance to find peace. A good run always gives me the chance to work out whatever is going on in my head and helps me find solutions amidst the chaos. Bad runs remind me how strong I am and how much I can keep my head up and keep going “up the hill” even during the chaos.

Friends: Some of the best people in my life are my running friends. They inspire me, they encourage me, and they support me. They don’t care that I am always towards the back of the pack, they are always willing to be out there to cheer me on.

The Experiences: Running has opened […]

By |November 23rd, 2015|Categories: Latest News||1 Comment

Completing the SF/Berkeley Challenge

Written By Meg Gudgeirsson, TSFM Ambassador

The San Francisco Marathon is one of my favorite races. However, as soon as I complete it each year, I’m immediately looking toward the next race and challenge. (My guess is I’m not the only one.) Thankfully, the great folks at TSFM have us covered with The Berkeley Half Marathon in November. One of the best parts of completing the Berkeley Half Marathon after racing The San Francisco Marathon is that you get an awesome medal for completing the SF/Berkeley Challenge.

Many of us sign up for races to keep us motivated in our training and running. And completing a challenge while doing that just makes it a little sweeter, right? That’s definitely true for me; I’m always thinking of what will be my next race, what will be my next goal. I’m super excited this year because Berkeley Half Marathon has some new events – a 10K and a half marathon relay! I’m a huge fan of half marathon relays because it can turn what can feel like a solo sport into an awesome team activity.

Running Berkeley Half Marathon is the perfect compliment to running in TSFM. While we are pounding the pavement in SF we cover all the best spots – the Golden Gate Bridge, Haight/Ashbury, Golden Gate Park, AT&T Park (go Giants!), and enjoy awesome views of the Bay Bridge and the East Bay. The Berkeley Half Marathon allows you to complete your Bay experience by crossing the bridge and taking in its sights and fun, unique community.

I ran the Berkeley Half (and completed the SF/Berkeley Challenge) in its augural year. I had the opportunity to help a friend race a sub-2:00 half, so my focus was all […]

By |September 22nd, 2015|Categories: Latest News||Comments Off on Completing the SF/Berkeley Challenge

Training for TSFM with Runkeeper, By The Numbers

This year The San Francisco Marathon partnered with leading fitness-tracking app, Runkeeper, to offer official full marathon and half marathon training plans from The San Francisco Marathon’s RUN365 training program to users on iPhone and Android.

Thousands of runners logged on to Runkeeper to train for full and half marathon distances, choosing the 18-, 12- or 8-week training plans that fit their needs. Trainees received daily training schedules with details on pace, distance, strength and more. Plans include guidance on rest, recovery and cross training, and offer customized workout plans for intermediate verses advanced runners.

Read on below to see how their training stacked up week-over-week, and discover details on when, how often, and how long they trained. Discover differences between race distance training records, male and female trainees and trainees of different ages.

How did your training measure up to runners using Runkeeper training plans?

By |August 5th, 2015|Categories: Latest News||Comments Off on Training for TSFM with Runkeeper, By The Numbers

Experience The Finish Line Festival

On July 26th the new Finish Line Festival at Justin Herman Plaza, across from the Ferry Building, will be unveiled. This marks our first year of hosting participants, their loved ones, and spectators alike at this scenic venue on the Bay. With a new location comes new things to do, new people to see, and a crazy good time supporting the runners of the 38th running of the San Francisco Marathon. What, you may say, is there to do? We’re only too happy to tell you:

Selfie Time!: Fitbit’s booth at the heart of the Finish Line Festival at Justin Herman Plaza. Not only will they be offering 15% off of all Fitbit devices (that never happens!), but Dean Karnazes will be signing autographs and taking pictures at their booth as well! If you missed Dean at the shake out run Saturday morning here’s your chance to get up close and personal with him after he finishes the ultra marathon.

Stretch Out: Feeling like just you ran a marathon? Funny, we thought you’d say that! FitStar will be hosting a rolling and stretching exercise area on the grass directly behind the Fitbit tent (between their tent and the Ferry Building). And if you haven’t already tried it, their “Finish Flexible” yoga video is an awesome way to avoid cramping and loosen up after your put your body through the SFM challenge!

Meet Up: By popular demand, we’ve created a Family Meet-Up Area, which will be hosted by Bear Naked. Reach out to your loved ones and meet up at the #LiveBearNakedContest Jeep & Tent (it’s orange, you can’t miss it). Bear Naked will offer samples of two new flavors of granola and invite you to enter their […]

By |July 25th, 2015|Categories: Latest News||Comments Off on Experience The Finish Line Festival

All things Expo: The 2015 Health & Fitness Expo Roundup

Location and Hours:

Fort Mason Center Festival Pavilion
2 Marina Boulevard
San Francisco, California 94123

Friday, July 24th 12pm-7pm
Saturday, July 25th 9am-5pm

The San Francisco Marathon Health & Fitness Expo will offer runners, spectators and health and fitness enthusiasts alike a must-see experience. Come to Fort Mason will be filled with a variety of activities and opportunities to enjoy the excitement of race weekend, get exclusive deals on the latest endurance gear, learn tips on getting the most out of TSFM race weekend app, get access to exclusive deals, activities, and much more!

Here’s a round up of some of the top ways to make the most of The San Francisco Marathon Health & Fitness Expo in 2015!

Drink This

For the first time ever, The San Francisco Marathon Health & Fitness Expo includes a beer garden, presented by Lagunitas Brewing Company. Inside, expo-goers can enjoy  beer and chip pairings from Lagunitas and Kettle Chips.

Carbo-Load This

In front of the Health & Fitness Expo, food trucks from Off the Grid,will be serving up tasty lunch and dinner options Expo-goers can enjoy outdoors on the food truck park’s picnic tables. On Friday night, as the Health & Fitness Expo closes for the night, Off the Grid food trucks take over Fort Mason – so if you don’t have Friday dinner plans yet, consider yourself covered!

Run This

Anyone is welcome to take part in the 5K Shake Out & Community Run at 8:30AM on Saturday morning, July 25th. Led by ultra marathoner and Fitbit athlete, Dean Karnazes, this run is a perfect opportunity to move a bit before race day, and to bond with your fellow runners! RSVP here:

Download This

In the Health & Fitness Expo we’ll have knowledgeable volunteers armed with answers to questions you […]

By |July 20th, 2015|Categories: Latest News||Comments Off on All things Expo: The 2015 Health & Fitness Expo Roundup

The San Francisco Marathon Partners With to Offer Live Streaming of all Race Events

We are committed to enabling fans to take part in our five road racing events during our 38th running on July 26th, 2015, whether they can attend in person or not. To wit, in addition to our race weekend app, which will offer live runner tracking, live leader boards and race updates, we are thrilled to announce that we are partnering with media and technology platform,, to offer live streaming of our full marathon, half marathons and 5K 2015 races.

Coverage will be viewable at and will include expert commentary, course previews, elite athlete interviews and post-race highlight coverage. With more than 25,000 runners taking part in The San Francisco Marathon’s 38th running on July 26th, 2015, the live streaming coverage of the event will ensure that fans from around the globe will not miss a beat.

Marathon events kick off in the dark, at midnight (PST) on Sunday morning, when the 52.4-mile ultra marathon race begins. By 5:30 AM (PST) on Sunday morning the first waves of elite runners in the Full Marathon and 1st Half Marathon will take to the iconic course, which start on San Francisco’s Embarcadero. By 7:45 AM (PST) more than 2,500 5K runners (and new-this-year stroller division runners with their kids in tow) will start the weekend’s 5K race, presented by Fitbit. As 5K racers complete their challenge in front of the city’s Ferry Building, across the city, at 8:15 AM (PST), in Golden Gate Park, the 2nd Half Marathon will start.

Tune in on race morning to be part of the action, watch leaders progress along the course, hear from elite athletes about course challenges and strategy, and enjoy a view from stunning locations around this scenic, challenging course, […]

By |July 17th, 2015|Categories: Latest News||Comments Off on The San Francisco Marathon Partners With to Offer Live Streaming of all Race Events

The Race Isn’t Always About the Medal

By Stephanie Davies, TSFM 2015 Ambassador

Marathon weekend loomed upon me and my feelings of sadness loomed just as large. How would I bide my time and keep my mind off of what I would have been doing had I been there? How would I spend race day? The Napa Valley Marathon was to be my 11th marathon. I had to defer this year due to an injury. With the suggestion of some very special people in my life, I still attended the functions of the weekend without doing the race. I went up to the NVM Expo just so that I could be in my element. I wanted to see the runners. I wanted to watch their expression when they got their amazing duffel bag that this race is known for.   I wanted to soak it all in without the pre-race jitters and moments of doubt that accompanies me like an uninvited guest.

I arrived in Napa and immediately the somber veil lifted. I soaked in the energy that made each common room at the marathon headquarters come alive. I watched as people milled about looking at the vendors. I listened to the small talk and chatter about how to run the NVM course. I found a seat in the banquet hall and immediately was treated to a song. The singer was a handsome man sitting there with his guitar. He apologized ahead of time should he hit the wrong chord. My ears listened to the soft, calming voice and the humorous lyrics. The little race took place in a town called Boston back in 1982. The singer wondered who would come out the winner, but he already knew. You see, Dick Beardsley was singing […]

By |July 16th, 2015|Categories: Latest News||Comments Off on The Race Isn’t Always About the Medal

Road to the Race: How one runner’s journey to the start line

Meghann Seidner, Brand Marketing Director from ZICO Coconut Water, offers her perspective on nutrition, training and all things running as she prepares to take on the 1st Half Marathon at #TSFM2015

I follow a plant-based diet as it helps me feel my best.  I am fascinated with the fusion of plant-based nutrition with endurance sports and get many of my recipes and nutrition tips from Thrive Foods.

Some of my go-to recipes when I am training:

For runs longer than 40 minutes, I make sure to eat breakfast and digest before running. Chia seeds are chock full of fiber and omega-3’s and I turn them into a tasty pudding by mixing 1 part chia seeds to 4 parts homemade almond milk*, then adding fresh berries and sometimes a whisper of homemade granola. Deelish.
Following my runs, I often enjoy smoothies.  My favorite consists of ½ frozen banana, ZICO coconut water (look for no added sugar!), spinach, cacoa nibs, maca powder, hemp seeds, a scoop of peanut butter and a scoop of vegan protein powder.  It tastes like dessert, but is great for you.
Homemade almond milk. Lower in fat/calories than cow milk, this delicious blend is an ingredient in almost all my breakfast every day: Blend soaked almonds with ZICO coconut water, then strain and blend back in VitaMix with vanilla, nutmeg, dates, and cinnamon.
Hydration: extremely important to stay hydrated and drink plenty of water.  I get a little bored of water and switch it up by including ZICO Coconut Water as part of my day-to-day and post-workout hydration regimen.


I have a love/hate relationship with running.  Nothing beats running in terms of caloric burn and I always feel amazing when I can prioritize running in my life: it helps […]

By |July 15th, 2015|Categories: Latest News||Comments Off on Road to the Race: How one runner’s journey to the start line

How to be a part of #TSFM2015 without running a mile

We know not everyone is ready to take on our course so whether you’re the family of one of our runners or looking to be a part of our 2015 race community check out all of the amazing ways you can participate in this year’s race!

Attend our FREE 2015 Health & Fitness Expo

Come experience the latest in health and fitness gear, nutrition and tech.  Highlights include:

Beer Garden presented by Lagunitas Brewing Company with complimentary beer and chip pairings presented by Kettle Chips.
Food trucks from Off the Grid with outdoor picnic seating.
Shakeout Run with Fitbit Ambassador Dean Karnazes at 8:30AM Saturday morning – Click here to RSVP
Expo exclusive limited edition 2015 screen printed race merchandise from Lululemon
55 unique vendors and so much more!

Location and Hours:
Fort Mason Center Festival Pavilion
2 Marina Boulevard
San Francisco, California 94123

Friday, July 24th 12pm-7pm
Saturday, July 25th 9am-5pm

Click here to learn more about our 2015 Health & Fitness Expo

Download the FREE 2015 Race Weekend App powered by Fitbit to track runners!

Easy tracking of multiple participants at the same time
Live Push Notifications as progress is made on course
Interactive Course Map & Live Map Tracking
Interactive Experiences for Spectators & Runners
Click to Learn More

Click here to download the 2015 Race Weekend App powered by Fitbit

Attend the Race in person and cheer on our runners!

With cheer stations all along the course, buses to bring you to each cheer station and free easy access to our finish line festival it’s never been easier to cheer on our runners.

Click here for information on Spectator busing along the course

Click here for a course map

Click here for Parking and Transportation information

Official Cheer Station Locations:

Starting Line – Embarcadero and Mission
Fort Mason/Safeway – North East corner of Laguna Street at Marina Blvd
Sports Basement […]

By |July 15th, 2015|Categories: Latest News||Comments Off on How to be a part of #TSFM2015 without running a mile

Tackling San Francisco’s Hills: Tips from Dean Karnazes

With The San Francisco Marathon 2015 (TSFM) races just two weeks away, many runners are staring down the course’s hills, with strategy in mind and a strong sense of determination. We caught up with ultra marathon man and Fitbit ambassador, Dean Karnazes, who is a seasoned runner on the TSFM marathon and ultra marathon course. Here are his words of wisdom as race day approaches:

1) How do you pace yourself on hills?
Try to keep your heart rate consistent with other points of the race. This typically means slowing your pace compared with flatter sections of the course. That’s okay; you’ll makeup for this lost time when the incline subsides.
2) You recommend using heart rate monitoring to set pace. But how, specifically, do you use heart rate monitoring?
By pacing using your heart rate on the hills you can avoid overexerting yourself and remain steady for a greater duration. Over-accumulating lactic acid early on in the race by elevating your heart rate too high during the hills can prove disastrous during later stages of the run.
3) What are the most challenging hills on TSFM course? 
Everybody is aware of the notoriously steep hills during the first half-marathon, but it’s always the long, protracted climb from mile 14 to 17 that gets me. Those three miles are always the toughest because your legs are already fatigued from the accumulated mileage. The good news is that it’s all downhill from there, either literally or figuratively (HA!).
4) How do you attack the race in terms of your mental preparation for TSFM elevation?
Learn to love that which you hate. Many people dread the hills. Instead, shift your paradigm and embrace the inclines. It wouldn’t be San Francisco without the hills!
5) What […]

By |July 12th, 2015|Categories: Latest News||Comments Off on Tackling San Francisco’s Hills: Tips from Dean Karnazes