40 for 40 Challenge – Make History with Us

The San Francisco Marathon is honoring its four decades of race finishers on July 23rd, 2017 with the limited time 40 for 40 Challenge. Returning half, full and ultra marathon finishers are eligible to earn an exclusive challenge medal in 2017 if they run our half, full and ultra in 2017, for a total of at least 40 miles* over the two years. Runners joining The San Francisco Marathon for the first time in 2017 are eligible to earn the challenge medal in 2018 if they register for qualifying 2017 and 2018 race distances before April 30th, 2017. Read on for more details. Ring in 40 years of The San Francisco Marathon with us. Complete the 40 for 40 Challenge!

The San Francisco Marathon Race Distances

    Challenge Overview

    All finishers who have raced in The San Francisco Marathon’s half, marathon or ultra marathon events between 1977 and 2016 are eligible to earn this exclusive medal on July 23rd, 2017. To complete this one-year-only exclusive race challenge, previous finishers must choose a half, full or ultra marathon distance they ran between 1977 and 2016 and then race the complimentary distance in 2017 to complete 40 miles* at The San Francisco Marathon on July 23rd, 2017.

    The two races selected for the challenge must add up to a cumulative 40 miles* (a minimum of a half marathon and a full marathon). The two races can add up to more than 40 miles (ex. a full marathon and a full marathon OR a half marathon and an ultra marathon).

    *Runners who run the race combination of half marathon and full marathon (a total of 39.3 miles) are expected to complete the remaining 0.7 miles of their full 40 miles with a warm-up/cool-down on race-day (or with our official pre-race shakeout run).

    Runners must register for their 2017 race by April 30th 2017 at 11:59 PM PST. Runners registered after that date will not be eligible to complete the 40 for 40 Challenge.

    • Example Distance Combinations for Challenge Qualification For Returning Runners
      The following provide example The San Francisco Marathon race combinations (eligible The San Francisco Marathon distance ran between 1977- 2016 and The San Francisco Marathon distance needed in 2017) eligible for  the 40 for 40 Challenge:

      Previous Race Completed: Half Marathon
      2017 Race Needed to Qualify: Full Marathon or Ultramarathon

      Previous Race Completed: Full Marathon
      2017 Race Needed to Qualify: Half Marathon, Full Marathon or Ultramarathon

      Previous Race Completed: Ultra Marathon
      2017 Race Needed to Qualify: Half Marathon, Full Marathon or Ultramarathon

    Challenge Rules

    • Runners must complete a half marathon, a full marathon or an ultra marathon on July 23rd, 2017 at The San Francisco Marathon.
    • Runners’ 2017 race must be at least their second race completed at The San Francisco Marathon since 1977.
    • Runner’s 2017 race and previous race (finished at The San Francisco Marathon between 1977 and 2016) must compliment one another such that the two races meet, at minimum, the distance of a half marathon and a full marathon (approximately 40 miles).
    • Runners must register for their 2017 qualifying race by April 30th, 2017 at 11:59 PM PST. Any registrations occurring after that date will NOT be eligible for the 40 for 40 Challenge.
    • Runners must have official finish times for both races.
    • Runners must register for both races/years with the same first and last name and date of birth to be automatically qualified.
    • Runners will pick up their commemorative medal upon completing their second qualifying event on July 23rd, 2017.

    Award Pickup Instructions

    • Pick up your bib at our Race Expo and check for the 40 for 40 Challenge stamp. This is the ticket to pick up your medal at the finish line. If your bib is not stamped, please visit the Challenges Table at the Race Expo.
    • Medals will be available for pick-up at the Challenges Tents at both the 1st Half Marathon Finish Line and the Finish Line Festival on Embarcadero.
    • Medals must be picked up on race day and will not be mailed for any reason.

    First Time Racing The San Francisco Marathon?

    Start the 40 for 40 Challenge in 2017, finish in 2018!

    If you’ve never had the pleasure to race in The San Francisco Marathon (half, full or ultra marathon events), but you will be part of the 40th Anniversary event on July 23rd, 2017 and you want to take the 40 for 40 Challenge, don’t worry, you can complete the challenge by racing in 2017 and 2018!

    If you have NOT raced in The San Francisco Marathon events between 1977 and 2016, and you want to complete this exclusive race challenge, you must race in The San Francisco Marathon half, full or ultra marathon in 2017 and then race the complimentary distance in 2018 to complete 40 miles* at The San Francisco Marathon in 2018.

    The two races selected for the challenge must add up to a cumulative 40 miles* (a minimum of a half marathon and a full marathon). The two races can add up to more than 40 miles (ex. a full marathon and a full marathon OR a half marathon and an ultra marathon).

    Runners must register for BOTH their 2017 and complimentary 2018 race by April 30th 2017 at 11:59 PM PST. Runners registered after that date will not be eligible to complete the 40 for 40 Challenge.

    Runners who start their 40 for 40 Challenge in 2017 will pick up their challenge medal in 2018, after finishing their qualifying race distance.

    • Example Distance Combinations for Challenge Qualification For New Runners
      The following provide example The San Francisco Marathon race combinations (eligible The San Francisco Marathon distance needed in 2017 and 2018) eligible for  the 40 for 40 Challenge:

      2017 Race Needed to Qualify: Half Marathon
      2018 Race Needed to Qualify: Full Marathon or Ultramarathon

      2017 Race Needed to Qualify: Full Marathon
      2018 Race Needed to Qualify: Half Marathon, Full Marathon or Ultramarathon

      2017 Race Needed to Qualify: Ultra Marathon
      2018 Race Needed to Qualify: Half Marathon, Full Marathon or Ultramarathon

    Accept the Challenge

    Register for 2017

    Are you ready to start your 40 for 40 Challenge Medal? Register today for The San Francisco Marathon’s 2017 events before April 30th, 2017 at 11:59 PM PST!

    Register for 2018

    Are you ready to earn your 40 for 40 Challenge Medal? Register today for The San Francisco Marathon’s 2018 events before April 30th, 2017 at 11:59 PM PST!