Spectator Information

You don’t have to run a race to be a part of our the Race Day experience. The San Francisco Marathon encourages friends and family of runners and the San Francisco community to participate on Race Day. Your presence and encouragement makes a huge and meaningful impact on our runners on Race Day. From cheer locations to how to cheer on your runner all along the course, we hope the following information helps you prepare for race day.

Hop-on, Hop-off Spectator Bus During the race

The Hop-on, Hop-off Spectator Bus is perfect for friends and family hoping to see their runners at multiple parts along their journey. Buses leave from the corner of Mission and Spear Streets (near the Start Line) beginning at 5:15 am. Buses stop along the waterfront at Marina Green (Stop #1), in beautiful Golden Gate Park (Stop #2), where you will have multiple opportunities to watch your runner, and in the eclectic Dogpatch area of Potrero Hill (Stop #3).

TSFM Spectator Bus 2016When purchasing your ticket, the time slot you choose indicates your departure time from The Embarcadero. Your bus may not go to all spectator locations depending on your time slot, so please click on and refer to the schedule on the left when choosing your desired time slot.

  • 5:15am – 6:40am goes to Mile 3, Mile 12.5 and Mile 22
  • 7:00am – 9:00am only goes to Mile 12.5 and Mile 22
  • 9:20am – 11:00am only goes to Mile 22

Please note: You must pick up your wristband at the Runner Expo on Friday, July 29th and Saturday, July 30th to reserve your seat selection. No wristbands will be available for pick-up on race morning.



One Way Spectator Bus to 1st Half Marathon Finish

Our One Way Bus is great for spectators looking to travel easily from The San Francisco Marathon Main Start Line to the 1st Half Marathon Finish Line at Golden Gate Park, especially those greeting their 1st Half Marathoners at their Finish.

Buses leave from the corner of Mission and Spear Streets (near the Start Line) beginning at 5:45 am. There is no return service with this bus, and spectators must find their own transportation back to the Main Finish Line if desired.


Course Entertainment and Cheer Stations

The 2016 San Francisco Marathon will showcase over a dozen different entertainment groups and cheer stations that reflect its unique artistic community. We hope 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. Spectators of all types are invited to cheer on our runners throughout the race course. Come back soon for more information on official cheer locations.


Getting to the Race

Whether 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, public transportation options and parking.