Spectator Information

You don’t have to run to be a part of the The San Francisco Marathon experience. We encourage friends and family of runners and the San Francisco community to participate on Race Day (July 29th, 2018). Your presence and encouragement makes a huge, meaningful impact on our runners. We hope the following information helps our spectators prepare for race day.

Course Entertainment and Cheer Stations

The San Francisco Marathon showcases over a dozen different entertainment groups and cheer stations that reflect the city’s unique artistic community along the course. Our course entertainment aids in keeping runner spirits and vigor up during the race. If you or your group wishes to perform or create a cheer station, please visit our Volunteers page. Everyone is invited to cheer on our runners from one of the following locations and throughout the race course.

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    We were proud to host the cheer station and entertainment locations and groups listed below in 2017. More information on our 2018 events will be available closer to race day.

    Main Marathon Start National Anthem: SF Cable Car Chorus at Embarcadero Start Line (The Embarcadero and Mission St.)

    Main Marathon Start: DJ Magid at Embarcadero Start Line (The Embarcadero and Mission St.)

    Mile 0.9: Embarcadero at Sansone St.

    Mile 2.9: Laguna St. at Marina Blvd.

    Mile 4.5: Sports Basement Cheer Station at Sports Basement Presidio (Old Mason St.)

    1st Half Marathon Finish: King Most (DJ) at 1st Half Finish in Golden Gate Park (John F. Kennedy Dr. at 14th Ave.)

    2nd Half Marathon Start National Anthem: Claire Gendler at 2nd Half Start in Golden Gate Park

    Mile 13.8: SF Boys Chorus at John F. Kennedy Dr. at Chain of Lakes W (Golden Gate Park)

    Mile 14.9: Martin Luther King Jr. Dr. at Metson Rd.

    Mile 16.9: Team Red, White & Blue at Stow Lake Boathouse (Stow Lake Dr. at Boathouse)

    Mile 17.9: Spiceislander Steeldrum Band at John F. Kennedy Dr. at 8th Ave.

    Mile 18.4: Sun Beets at John F. Kennedy Dr. and Conservatory Dr. E

    Mile 18.9: DJ Danni Boi at Kezar Tunnel in Golden Gate Park (Alvord Lake Tunnel, West of Kezar Dr.)

    Mile 20.1: JFKU Cheer Station at Pierce St. at Haight St. and Waller St.

    Mile 21.8: Nothin’ But Fun Band at 16th St. and Florida St.

    Mile 21.8: Sports Basement Pop-Up Party Cheer Station at 16th St. and Bryant St.

    Mile 23.0: DJ Bungiee at Marisposa St. and Pennsylvania Ave.

    Mile 23.4: Melody’s Asian Fusion Ensemble at Indiana St. and 19th St.

    Mile 23.7: 20th St. and Illinois St.

    Mile 23.8: lululemon at 19th St. and Illinois St.

    Mile 23.9: Batalá SF at Illinois St. and Terry A Francois Blvd.

    Mile 24.3: International Order for Rainbow Girls at Aqua Vista Park

    Mile 25.8: Fitbit at Embarcadero St. and Folsom St.

    Main Finish Line: DJ Magid at Main Marathon Finish (The Embarcadero and Folsom St.)

    Note: All miles are approximate and based on the Full Marathon course. Entertainers and cheer station sponsors will be updated as confirmed. Cheer stations and entertainment acts are subject to change without prior notice.

Getting to the Race

Spectators are invited to review our hotel and travel information and take advantage of official transportation options, including reserved parking, BART busing, and more.


Stay Connected with Our Official Race App

The San Francisco Marathon’s 2017 Race App, Powered by Fitbit empowered spectators to stay connected with their runners and our race throughout race weekend. From live runner tracking to key race info, our free app provided a world class experience for runners and spectators alike.