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Announcing 2015 San Francisco Marathon Ambassadors

We are thrilled to announce our official 2015 San Francisco Marathon Ambassadors. It was very difficult to choose amidst a sea of impressive applications, and we’d like to thank all of our ambassador applicants for their support of our races! It’s been a long, grueling process, but we’ve narrowed the amazing applicant pool down to 25 phenomenal athletes. These runners will inspire, educate, and support you for the race season as we prepare together for The 2015 San Francisco Marathon.

Here are your talented 2015 San Francisco Marathon Ambassadors:

Bonnie Wilson, Portland, OR

Chas Melichar, Las Vegas, NV

Chris Malenab, Sacramento, CA

Erin Mink Garvey, San Jose, CA

Francesco Presutti, NewYork, NY

Heather Stewart, Santa Clarita, CA

Jackelyn Valladares, Los Angeles, CA

James Chong, Los Angeles, CA

Jamie Wisto, San Francisco, CA

Jessica Mumme, Eugene, OR

Jody Stoops, Yorba Linda, CA

Keith Schlottman, Tucson, AZ

Laura Moir, Oakland, CA

May Wu, Los Angeles, CA

Meg Gudgeirsson, Santa Cruz, CA

Michelle Loyola, Oxnard, CA

Myrna Gallegos, Los Angeles, CA

Paulette Ference, San Jose, CA

Scott Benbow, San Francisco, CA

Shannon Morrison, Upper Arlington, OH

Stan Tsu, Cupertino, CA

Stephanie Davies, Belmont, CA

Tricia Poblete, South Sna Francisco, CA

Vanessa Slavich, San Francisco, CA

Wes Lashley, Seattle, WA


Stay tuned for more news and updates from our Ambassador Team! Congratulations to all of you!

By |March 2nd, 2015|Categories: Latest News||Comments Off on Announcing 2015 San Francisco Marathon Ambassadors

Official San Francisco Marathon Training Gear

We’ve kicked off our 26-week training season and that means it’s time to wear official training gear as you build strength and stamina up to race day.

That’s why we just launched two new “In Training” designs in our Official Merchandise Store.

These long sleeve technical running shirts is a signature design – lightweight and built for performance. They’re moisture wicking and breathable, with chafe-resistant flat seams and an extra long back length – the perfect piece to outfit your training.




By |February 26th, 2015|Categories: Latest News||Comments Off on Official San Francisco Marathon Training Gear

Run365 Training Program 2015 Spring Kickoff

On February 7th, RUN365 kicked off the official 26-week San Francisco Marathon Training Program with a 5K run along Chrissy Field, set against the backdrop of the Golden Gate Bridge. The Run365 series of training programs help runners train for regional races, primarily The San Francisco Marathon and Half Marathons on July 26th, 2015.
With seven regional training hubs, Run365 training runs take trainees on roads and trails along the most beautiful section of the Bay Area. USATF and RRCA certified coaches will be there to map routes, advise on fitness and health while distance running and help trainees reach training, racing, and personal health goals. All Programs are available for both road and trail. Training can support novice or experienced runners, and include 26-week, 18-week, 12-week and 8-week programs to fit your training needs.
Click here – REGISTER TODAY for the program that fits your needs.
Click on this image below to view a video of the Run365 Spring Training Kickoff at the Presidio:

All Programs Feature:

San Francisco, Peninsula, East Bay, Pleasanton/Tri-Valley Area, and South Bay training locations
Detailed day-to-day training schedule
3 group workouts per week (1 group run, a coached track workout, and a coached and paced long run on the weekend)
RRCA and USATF Certified Coaches
Coach support on long runs, at the track, and via email
Seminars by experts on stretching, injury prevention, nutrition, footwear, foam rolling, strength training, and more
Team social events
Online facebook group for group discussions, finding running partners, planning meet up runs, organizing rideshares, sharing photos, complaining about your tired legs, etc.
Weekly e-newsletter with location specific weekly schedules, training tips, recipes, race news, etc.
Discounts at our location community partners

We can also help you train for:

Oakland Running Festival – Full and Half Marathon
San Luis Obispo Marathon – Full and Half Marathon
Big Sur International Marathon
Avenue of the Giants Marathon
Boston Marathon
Rock […]

By |February 22nd, 2015|Categories: Latest News||Comments Off on Run365 Training Program 2015 Spring Kickoff

VIP Party Tickets Now Available

You can now treat yourself to elite runner perks on July 26th, 2015 before and after your race. Tickets are now available for The San Francisco Marathon VIP Race Day Party!


When: Sunday, July 26 4am-1pm
Where: Market Bar 1 Ferry Building, San Francisco CA., 94111

Tickets are $105 each and offer you nine hours of pampering and exclusive amenities – which means you’re taken care of before and after the race. You can expect perks such as: private back check, VIP-only bathrooms, massage, pre-race breakfast and post-race brunch. Full details HERE.

Pre-Race Breakfast Items Include: 

Seasonal Farmers’ Market Fruit
Organic Peanut Butter
Cream Cheese
House-Made Jam

Post-Race Brunch Items Include:

Breakfast Buffet

Seasonal Farmers’ Market Fruit
Scrambled Farm Eggs with Cherry Tomatoes and Jersey Ricotta
Breakfast Potatoes
House-Made Granola with St. Benoit Yogurt and Milk
Hobbs Bacon and Caggiano Maple Pecan Sausage
Acme Cinnamon Currant French Toast
Griddled Buttermilk Pancakes


Organic Mixed Green Salad with Banyuls Vinaigrette
Sweet Gem Caesar Salad
Grilled Chicken Salad
House-Roasted Turkey Club Sandwiches
Farmers’ Market Tomato, Avocado, and Lettuce Sandwiches
Braised Pork Sandwiches with Chipotle Aioli
Organic Hamburgers and Cheeseburgers

By |February 13th, 2015|Categories: Latest News||Comments Off on VIP Party Tickets Now Available

My experience with the Pebble Smart Watch

by Lisa Wilson

Since the early 2000s, watches have slowly been falling out of favor. This conversation, in a scene from the movie Finding Sarah Marshall, is a case of art imitating life:
“How long you lived out here?
Man, I don’t know. I quit wearing a watch when I moved out here.
Wow, that’s so cool.
No, like my cell phone has a clock on it, so I don’t really need it.”

I’ve had similar conversations with friends, the gist being ‘who needs a watch, when I can check my phone.’ According to an industry expert, quoted on, “Wearing a watch was deemed not only unnecessary but uncomfortable for tasks such as typing on a keyboard.”  The article also stated that the only increase in watch sales was in high-end watches, worn simply as a status symbol.

With the Pebble, it makes sense to wear a watch again. It goes beyond the label of time-piece, and it’s so much more than just a status symbol. I love how my Pebble is both watch and personal assistant! I sync it to my iPhone, load some apps, and ‘Presto!’, it becomes a personal assistant! I love how it tells me the time, the weather, the date, controls my music, and alerts me to incoming texts and phone calls.
Here are a few things I can do with my Pebble –
1. Get ready at the Starting Line

2.  Sync with the weather so I’m prepared for anything. 

3. Download a new watch face just for fun. 

4. Track my Blood Alcohol Level after some celebratory beers! 

Pebble tracks my workout, without having to switch to a GPS watch, maps my journey, and even guides me back to my car. I can track sports action without begin stuck in front of […]

By |July 15th, 2014|Categories: Latest News||Comments Off on My experience with the Pebble Smart Watch

The San Francisco Marathon – A History Lesson

Ah yes, The San Francisco Marathon, known as the race even marathoners fear, but do you know much else about this race and the history behind it?

Here’s a brief history lesson.

Held annually since 1977, except for 1988 when the event was called off due to lack of interest, the inaugural San Francisco Marathon was organized by Pamakids Runners Club, a local running club established in 1971 .  Pamakids Runners continued to organize the SF marathon until 1982, when the popularity of the event was such that they needed to relinquish organizational duties to another company.  Pamakids Runners later went on to create the San Francisco Half Marathon, which is now known by it’s sponsor’s name: the Kaiser Permanente San Francisco Half Marathon, another successful running event in SF.

The first San Francisco Marathon was held on July 10, 1977 and it’s first place finishers were Athol Barton, a taxicab driver from Reno with a time of 2:24:59 for the males, and Tena Harms from California with a time of 3:09:08.  The first San Francisco Marathon had less than 900 participants, which is astounding when you think about the fact that we had 5827 participants for the Full Marathon in 2013 alone!  It has really come a long way.

Since it’s inception, The San Francisco Marathon course has had its share of revisions and improvements.  Suggestions made to make the course a bit easier (flatter) so that runners could finish with a faster time were rejected.  Instead, the hills stayed, giving runners optimal views from some of SF’s best neighborhoods.

In 1999, the start/finish line was moved to an area near the Polo Fields of Golden Gate Park.  It wasn’t until 2002 that the start/finish area was moved […]

By |May 1st, 2014|Categories: Latest News||Comments Off on The San Francisco Marathon – A History Lesson

Love on the Run: A True Story of Finding Romance on the Track

Sweaty, exhausted, and maybe a little bit sore sounds like a good way to end a date, but not usually how you’d expect to start one. Unless you’re a runner. But that’s exactly how Gabe and Shawna started their first date, sharing a pizza at Little Star, still in their running clothes.

By |February 11th, 2014|Categories: Latest News||Comments Off on Love on the Run: A True Story of Finding Romance on the Track

Going After Your Crazy-Ass Goals

Runners are a funny group of people– funny, in the sense that people will quickly label us crazy, inspiring, driven, motivated, stubborn, type A, and maybe even selfish all in one breath. That’s quite a list, but I honestly think it’s to our advantage that we have all of these, or even some of these, characteristics: and especially when it comes to improving ourselves as runners, on our individual quests to get fitter, faster, and stronger over time.

For many of us, we began running, in general, or marathoning, more specifically, because there was a goal of some sort involved. For some, it’s just to complete the damn race vertically, not horizontally—my run club in Chicago went for the “beer tent, not med tent” at races—and eventually, that “just complete the race” sentiment might change into “compete in the race,” as we runners decide to go after a certain time, a PR (personal record, the fastest time you’ve posted for that distance), a BQ (Boston Qualifier, a marathon time that qualifies you to run one of the world’s oldest and most prestigious marathons), or a particular AG (age group) or OA (overall) placement, relative to the other participants in the race that day.

Running and goals, or goal-setting, go hand-in-hand. While running just for the sake of running can be really invigorating and a good way to hit a mental ‘reset’ button, having a goal is a good way of making sure that you get yourself out there day in and day out, do all the ancillary stuff that is so pivotal to your success, and even be more attentive to the other aspects of your day-to-day existence, like sleep habits and nutrition, that are also […]

By |January 29th, 2014|Categories: Latest News||Comments Off on Going After Your Crazy-Ass Goals

Race Week Events

2013 Race Week Events!
By |June 11th, 2013|Categories: Latest News||Comments Off on Race Week Events

Pushing Through Pain

New Blog Post from Ambassador Courtney!
By |May 22nd, 2013|Categories: Latest News||Comments Off on Pushing Through Pain