The San Francisco Marathon Race Weekend • July 29th – July 31st, 2016

The San Francisco Marathon is proud to present its 39th running on July 31st, 2016. 26,000 runners and over 80,000 spectators will fill the city on race day. The San Francisco Marathon is more than just a race; it’s a fantastic celebration where people from all over the country and world come together, united by their dedication to running and the running community. Whether a runner comes in just for race day or makes a trip out of it with their loved ones, our runners are invited to partake in a weekend of festivities.

Schedule of Events

  • Friday, July 29th, 2016

    Race Expo at Fort Mason Center

    12pm – 7pm

  • Saturday, July 30th, 2016

    Race Expo at Fort Mason Center

    9am – 5pm

    Ultramarathon Start

    Saturday Midnight before the Full Marathon Start

  • Sunday, July 31st, 2016

    The San Francisco Marathon Race Day

    Full Marathon, 1st Half and 5K Start @ Mission Street and The Embarcadero, San Francisco, CA 94105 (Map)

    2nd Half Marathon Start @ Spreckel’s Lake in Golden Gate Park,  John F Kennedy Drive and 36th Avenue San Francisco, CA 94121 (Map)

    • Full Marathon Wave 1 Invited Athletes – 5:30 am
    • Full and 1st Half Wave 2 – 5:32 am
    • Full and 1st Half Wave 3 – 5:42 am
    • Full and 1st Half Wave 4 – 5:52 am
    • Full and 1st Half Wave 5 – 6:02 am
    • Full and 1st Half Wave 6 – 6:12 am
    • Full and 1st Half Wave 7 – 6:22 am
    • Full and 1st Half Wave 8 – 6:32 am
    • 5K Start. Waves TBA. – 7:45 am
    • 2nd Half Wave 1 – 8:15 am
    • 2nd Half Wave 2 – 8:17 am
    • 2nd Half Wave 3 – 8:23 am
    • 2nd Half Wave 4 – 8:29 am
    • 2nd Half Wave 5 – 8:35 am

    Post-Race Festivities

    Finish Line Festival – 8am to 12:30pm

    Embarcadero Beer Garden – 9am to 12:30pm

    Awards Ceremony – 10:30am

Get Race Weekend Ready

main_buttons_travel_lodging_458x304Whether you’re coming from across town or across the country, take advantage of our official hotel and travel options from hotels at the starting line to buses and parking.


main_buttons_race_expo_458x304The San Francisco Marathon 2016 Race Expo will take place on Friday, July 29th from 12pm to 7pm and Saturday, July 30th from 9am to 5pm at the Fort Mason Center Festival Pavilion. All participants are required to pick up their bib, timing chip, and race shirt at the Race Expo. Runners and spectators alike are invited to check out the Expo and our 2016 Exhibitors.


main_buttons_spectator_info_458x304You don’t have to run a race to be a part of Race Day. The San Francisco Marathon encourages friends and family of runners and the Bay Area community to participate on Race Day.

Your cheering and encouragement makes a meaningful impact on our runners on Race Day. From cheer locations to how to get to them, we hope the following information helps you prepare to cheer on your runner and our runner community.


Medical Information

RaceSafe and The San Francisco Marathon have partnered to create a unique standard of care for our running community.

As you have probably experienced, many things can happen to our bodies during a run. We want to be sure our UCSF medical team can properly treat you if anything should happen while you’re on the course.

RaceSafe is secure, private, and takes less than 5 minutes. For your health and safety, please share your information by selecting the Sign Up button below. RaceSafe respects your privacy and is committed to maintaining your confidentiality.


Medical Support Locations

Medical Support is available at the Main Start/Finish Line, 1st Half Finish Line, 2nd Half Start, the 5K, and along the course.

Medical Aid Stations are at miles 2.5, 5, 7.5, 9.7, 11,12.6, 14, 16, 18.5, 20.7, 22.3, and 24. Medical tents are located on the Embarcadero at Howard Street for the Full Marathon and 2nd Half Marathon Finishers, and in Golden Gate Park at the Rose Garden for the 1st Half Marathon Finishers. All treatment is provided by licensed professionals. Volunteers with medical training will assist with basic first aid care and recording.

Training Tips

RaceSafe has partnered with the UCSF Sports Medicine Center to bring you the following marathon training tips:

  • Alternate easy and hard days of training. One basic principle that applies to all runners is to alternate easy days of training with hard days, which include long runs or speed work. For instance, you never want to run two hard days in a row, even if you recently missed a day of training. Running on hilly terrain greatly improves your stamina and strength. Regular runs on hills should become part of your training program, which is easy to do in San Francisco.
  • Run with others. Although some people prefer to train and run by themselves, finding a training partner or group can provide support, advice, structure and motivation.
  • Warm up and cool down. Warming up and cooling down are essential parts of every run and should not be skipped. By properly warming up and cooling down, you can prevent injuries and get the most out of your workout or race.