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

Help a Child Run for the First Time with World of Children Award

Imagine not being able to walk to the market, tie your shoelaces or jump out of bed. Imagine not being able to go to school because you couldn’t walk there by yourself, or you were afraid that people might hurt you because of the way you looked. These are just a few challenges that 93 million children with a disability face every day. That’s why this summer, we’re running The San Francisco Marathon to give children with a limb disability the ability to walk, run and achieve their dreams.
We’re running to support children like Alex and Maverick, two young boys from Ecuador who are congenital amputees, meaning they were born without one of their legs. For Alex and Maverick, not having two legs meant not being able to walk to school, run, or play with friends. It meant not being able to do simple, everyday tasks by themselves. It also meant not looking forward to a life of independence and opportunity as they continued to grow into adulthood.
Simply being fitted with a prosthetic limb would improve their lives dramatically, but unfortunately, their families could not afford expensive medical care.
Then one day everything changed for Alex and Maverick. Their families were connected to one of the programs we are funding this year — A Leg To Stand On (ALTSO) — who fitted them with prosthetic limbs and enrolled them in rehabilitation and follow-up procedures to ensure their treatment was effective.
Now, they’re not just walking, but running. They are pictured here finishing their very first 5k race in Ecuador to help raise awareness and funds for other people with disabilities.
Run with us on July 27 to give children like Alex and Maverick the chance to run […]

By |June 5th, 2014|Categories: Charity||Comments Off on Help a Child Run for the First Time with World of Children Award

Running for Team #HOPE4YAWC

We have a lot of amazing marathoners who are running The San Francisco Marathon for a cause. Check out the story below and find out how you can do good with your run.
David Johndrow – Framingham, MS
Running for: Hope for Young Adults with Cancer
I am a heart attack survivor of three years. I took up running a few weeks after I got out of the ICU. It took a year to complete my first 5K, and another year to run my first 1/2. Then I started to train for a full. In October of 2013 I was diagnosed with cancer just a few weeks before the Cape Cod Marathon. I ran it anyway.

The folks at Hope for Young Adults with Cancer are really fantastic people and do lots of things to help cancer patients. Of all the charities I have run for, this is the one I am closet too.

I am still in treatment, but I run The Boston Marathon a few weeks ago, and I will be in San Francisco for TSFM 2014 in July!

-David Johndrow


To learn more about team #HOPE4YAWC and to find out how you can join the team check out their TSFM 2014 Crowdrise page.

By |May 25th, 2014|Categories: Charity||Comments Off on Running for Team #HOPE4YAWC

The Social Media Runners

Ever since I started running, I have been so lucky to have such an amazing support system. To be honest, there have been some days that without that support system, I would not lace up my shoes.

And the wild thing is?

I have never met most of them.

Social media is a funny thing. There are some days that I hate Facebook, I hate Twitter, I want nothing to do with it. But there are some days that a sure fire answer to a running question comes from cuing my social media.

For those of you on Twitter. A quick way to get answers to any of your running questions or ask support from the wide world of a running community is to post using the hashtag #runchat. #Runchat is a community of runners world wide that meet up on Sunday nights to talk running, but they also help eah other out during the week, answer questions, lend support, make suggestions for shoes, help remind you to go out for a run, remind you to pack your shoes. The #runchat community is a family that is all encompassing for runners. I find if I miss Sunday nights #runchat my week is not complete.

If you are on Facebook and looking for support. I suggest you search groups for running groups. I am part of several running groups. My favorite group is a collection of Pacific NW based runners in a group “We are runners”. I see these runners out at races or when I am out doing my volunteer commitments and am constantly getting encouragement from them. I also know they are the experts when it comes to local running questions. There are also groups out there that […]

By |May 23rd, 2014|Categories: Ambassadors||Comments Off on The Social Media Runners

SF Rec and Park: Keeping San Francisco Beautiful

One of our amazing TSFM 2014 Select Charities is The San Francisco Recreation and Park Department. SF Rec and Park manages hundreds of parks, and so many of San Francisco’s most beautiful and fun locales. Plus they do a lot of great for our city’s youth. Check out this video and some of the stats about SF Rec and Park.

The San Francisco Recreation and Park Department’s Mission is to provide enriching recreational activities, maintain beautiful parks and preserve the environment for the well-being of our diverse community.

4,113 acres of recreational and open space
3,400 acres within San Francisco
671 marina slips
220 neighborhood parks
179 playgrounds and play areas
82 recreation centers and clubhouses
72 basketball courts and 151 tennis courts
59 soccer/playfields (and growing)
1 Family Camp

In 1866, less than 15 years after America’s first occupation of California, the people of San Francisco came up with the idea of a great public park to mirror one being developed in New York City (Central Park). Under the guidance of engineer William Hammond Hall and gardener John McLaren, Golden Gate Park was established on April 4, 1870, from what essentially was a collection of barren sand dunes. The Park Commission was established in the same year by the State Legislature, consisting of three members appointed by the Governor. The City took over the Commission in 1900 under the Home Rule Charter. The three Commission members oversaw decades of development as the park slowly stretched from Baker Street (the Panhandle) all the way to the Pacific Ocean.

In 1898 the San Francisco Chronicle ran the headline, “A Playground for City Boys,” which unveiled a new concept for the City to create an active playground where “boys can play and expend all the energy […]

By |May 21st, 2014|Categories: Charity||Comments Off on SF Rec and Park: Keeping San Francisco Beautiful

The Five Most Memorable San Francisco Marathons

I have completed The San Francisco Marathon for the past 5 consecutive years.  Most people assume it is an extremely tough course with lots of hills, but that is just not the case!  The full marathon course is ½ flat, ¼ uphill and ¼ downhill.  Personally, I love the changes in elevation and scenery, which are just a few of the reasons it keeps calling me back year after year.  Each year holds special memories and I would like to share them with you.

My first year running The San Francisco Marathon was 2009, just a few weeks after my very first marathon and I was hooked.  My family joined me for this marathon and cheered me on.  This was the ONLY time my entire family had attended one of my marathons.  My mom, dad, husband, 2 sons, daughter, and aunt and uncle all were there cheering me on along the course, and at the finish line.  It means so much to see your family there for you! My dad still recalls how much fun it was cheering on the runners, coming up with cleaver ways to encourage perfect strangers to keep running.  My elderly aunt and uncle sat at a near by bus stop, the only area where there was seating, waiting for me to run by and catch a glimpse of me!   Since then, it is usually just my husband out there, meeting me every 7 miles to hand off a water bottle, take a photo and give words of encouragement.  The kids have decided they would rather sleep in!

In 2010 I ran my personal best at The San Francisco Marathon.  It was a perfect day, the weather was cool and overcast […]

By |May 19th, 2014|Categories: Ambassadors||Comments Off on The Five Most Memorable San Francisco Marathons