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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||0 Comments

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: bit.ly/2015shakeout

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

By |July 20th, 2015|Categories: Latest News||0 Comments

The San Francisco Marathon Partners With USL.tv 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, USL.tv, to offer live streaming of our full marathon, half marathons and 5K 2015 races.

Coverage will be viewable at USL.tv/thesfmarathon 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||0 Comments

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||0 Comments

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
Nutrition

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.

Motivation

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||0 Comments

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||0 Comments

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||0 Comments

The Importance Of Massage For Runners

You’ve got your race number and your gear – but as you prepare for the San Francisco Marathon, remember to add massage to your race preparation kit. Here are a few reasons why.

Massage prevents injury
When you run, your tendons, ligaments and connective tissue are being stretched – literally – to their limits. Massage expands those limits by breaking up knots and tightness, thus widening your range of motion. Increased flexibility will improve your running form, and you’ll be less likely to sprain or strain something important during the San Francisco races.

Maybe you’ve already hurt yourself? Massage to the rescue. Massage has been proven to boost the immune system and speed up lymph flow (that’s the liquid containing your muscle-repairing white blood cells). That means massage will help you heal up and recover faster from your assorted aches and pains.

Massage reduces muscle soreness
This is a big one for runners. When you’re racing up to 26.2 miles, your muscles work hard. That’s where massage comes in – it’s the scientifically-proven way to reduce post-run muscle soreness. Massage, according to the New York Times, suppresses inflammation (which causes muscle pain) and increases blood circulation and the formation of new blood vessels (which builds muscles and reduces muscle fatigue). For best results, get the massage within 24 hours after a long run.

Massage keeps you in the zone
Massage doesn’t just heal the body, it soothes the mind. Massage squashes the release of cortisol (aka the stress hormone), while pumping up the release of endorphins, which improve mood and reduce the sensation of pain. A less-stressed brain is better at sending signals to the muscles and vice versa (called biofeedback). This means that you’ll feel better mentally and, through the […]

By |June 29th, 2015|Categories: Latest News||Comments Off on The Importance Of Massage For Runners

Best Spots To Run With Your Dog

San Francisco is known for its rollercoaster-esque hills and scenic surrounds, where humans and dogs alike can escape the city into the wild. Whether you’re training for a marathon or trying to become a better runner, the perfect trail is out there. Our friends at DogVacay have picked six of our favorite trails in the Bay Area—use the flowchart to find the one that’s best suited to you and your dog, and read more about each spot below.

Difficulty level: Easy

Type of terrain: Flat, paved roads

Length of trail: 4 miles roundtrip

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Not only will you get to enjoy breathtaking views of the iconic Golden Gate Bridge and Alcatraz Island, but there’s nothing more San Franciscan than running along the Bay with your favorite pooch. With lawns and sandy strips along the way, this Presidio waterfront is a sensory overload for any pup. If you’ve still got energy after four miles, this run ends at the beginning of the Golden Gate Bridge, which you can run across with your dog too. Here’s a great tip from DogVacay Host Kirsty T.: “I recommend parking at the St. Francis Yacht Club and running to and from Hoppers Hands under the Golden Gate Bridge for a 5K workout with spectacular views. There’s also water at the facilities close to the bridge if you or your dog need hydration.”

Difficulty level: Easy

Type of terrain: Sandy shore

Length of trail: 3.5-mile stretch

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Nothing makes an Outer Richmond resident happier than being able to enjoy this popular spot without the overflow of tourists. Ocean Beach is known as a peaceful getaway where dogs and joggers run freely, kites float aimlessly in the wind, and the waves lap gently against the shore. Fun fact: when the […]

By |June 25th, 2015|Categories: Latest News||Comments Off on Best Spots To Run With Your Dog

The Importance of Being Mentally Tough

During my second attempt at the Comrades (Ultra) Marathon in South Africa I was convinced I was going to fail and DNF. In fact, by mile 13 of the 56 mile race I was finished. Despite traveling over 24 hours by air to arrive in Durban, South Africa, to participate in the World’s Largest Ultramarathon, I knew all my hard work was going for nought.

I would fail myself, my friends, and my family who had sacrificed so much to give me the opportunity to get a once-in-a-lifetime shot at a back-to-back medal. You see, at the Comrades Marathon, if you finish in your rookie year (your first attempt), and then return the very next year and finish, you will receive the coveted back-to-back medal.

You get one shot, and I was going to blow it. And I wrote all about it here.
Being Stubborn Isn’t Always Bad

The above picture shows my finisher medal and the back-to-back medal. So, if I was so convinced I wasn’t going to finish less than 1/3 of the way into the race, how did I achieve it?

By being stubborn and keeping a promise. You see, prior to my first race, I attended a meeting hosted by some of the best known Veterans of the Comrades race. During that meeting, I remembered one bit of advice:

“No matter what you do, don’t get on a bailout bus.” (A bailout bus is a bus that you get on in the middle of the race to get a ride to the finish, causing an automatic DNF).

I promised myself at the beginning of the race that I would not quit. Now, if I didn’t make a cutoff, if I was pulled off the course by the officials, […]

By |June 17th, 2015|Categories: Ambassadors||Comments Off on The Importance of Being Mentally Tough