The San Francisco Ultramarathon – Sunday, July 23rd, 2017

Race Start: First Loop: Sunday 12:00 am @ Mission Street and The Embarcadero San Francisco, California 94105.

Race Finish: Main Full Marathon Finish Line: Folsom Street @ The Embarcadero, San Francisco, California 94105

Course Highlights: Run the San Francisco Marathon back-to-back in this epic fundraising event.

Course Certification:  The Second Loop (The San Francisco Marathon Full Marathon) is USATF Certified. Earn both the Ultramarathon and Full Marathon Medal.

Race Distance: 52.4 Miles

Few runners have what it takes to conquer The San Francisco Marathon’s 52.4-mile Ultramarathon. This hallowed race is one of the nation’s few urban ultras, offering two challenging loops of San Francisco, and under very different sets of circumstances.

The Ultramarathon begins with a midnight start line. Runners tackle a reverse loop of the course and race through the city as it sleeps. At dawn, ultramarathoners merge with the energy of thousands of runners to begin the iconic full marathon course. This challenge is a true test of endurance and bravery.

Ultramarathon participants will run the 26.2 mile marathon loop course twice: in the opposite direction for the first loop and then run with the official San Francisco FULL Marathon for the second loop. 52.4 participants will start the Ultramarathon at 12:00am on July 23rd, 2017 at the main start/finish line on The Embarcadero. Both loops will incorporate a majority of the 26.2 miles of The Official San Francisco Full Marathon.

Registration (detailed below) include both fundraising and non-fundraising options.

Ultramarathon 1st and 2nd Loop Courses

    Ultramarathon Details

  • Waves
    Start Location: Mission Street and The Embarcadero, San Francisco, California 94105

    Sunday, July 23rd, 2017

    • Ultramarathon – 12:00 am midnight before the other events
  • Registration and Fundraising

    2017 Registration Details:

    There are only 100 entries available for the Ultramarathon event.

    • Purchase registration and raise money for your cause! Participants are required to raise $1,000 – Price – $400
    • Purchase registration ONLY – A portion of the registration fee will go to a Select Charity – Price – $600

    52.4 participants that are required to fundraise a minimum of $1000 for the charity of their choice can use the EverydayHero platform or the Crowdrise platform. The charity must be 501(c)(3). Once a participant registers for the 52.4 race, a member of The San Francisco Marathon staff will follow-up on your fundraising page and fundraising progress. There will be no refunds or reimbursements of the 52.4 race entry fee. If a 52.4 participant fails to meet the $1000 fundraising minimum, the participant will not be allowed to run the 52.4 race. Fundraising minimums must be met by July 23, 2017.

  • The Course

    The Ultramarathon First Loop (First 26.2 Miles)

    Ultramarathon participants will begin on The Embarcadero and run The Official San Francisco FULL Marathon course in reverse: under the Bay Bridge and around the Giant’s Ballpark, through Mission Bay, Potrero and Mission Districts, up Haight Street and into Golden Gate Park. Ultramarathon participants will head down to the ocean and run along the Great Highway before coming back into Golden Gate Park and then up into The Presidio. From there, 52.4 participants will head through the Marina, Fisherman’s Wharf and back to the Main Start on The Embarcadero where 18,000 runners will be waiting to join you on the second leg of your 52.4 mile adventure!

    The first loop of the Ultramarathon is NOT a closed course. Participants need to stay on sidewalks and to the side of the road.

    100% of the course is on paved roads. Maps and directions will be provided to each 52.4 participant for the first loop.

    The Ultramarathon Second Loop: The Official San Francisco FULL Marathon (Second 26.2 Miles)

    The Second Loop: The San Francisco Marathon is a loop course, taking runners on a journey around the city, hitting gorgeous locales and iconic landmarks all along the way. Starting at the world famous Ferry Building, racers head along the Embarcadero, with the beautiful San Francisco bay on their right. From there they pass through Fisherman’s Wharf and through the Marina. Next runners head up and back across the Golden Gate Bridge and down through the Presidio, along the Pacific Ocean. A tour of the beautiful Golden Gate Park follows, and after some turns and curves through the trees and around the lakes, runners empty out onto the historic and very colorful Haight street. The course takes some loops through the Mission, Potrero, and Mission Bay Districts, heads by numerous charming little parks, then heads up towards AT&T Park, home of the San Francisco Giants. And then it’s just a home stretch, under the fancy new Bay Bridge and back up to the Ferry Building.

  • Course Limits

    52.4 participants must run the first loop at a pace of 12:00min/mile (5 hour course limit). In order to qualify as an Official 52.4 Ultra Marathon Finisher and San Francisco Marathon Official Finisher, you must finish the second loop within 6 hours. After the final wave start, 52.4 participants must maintain a 13:45 minute per mile pace as The Official San Francisco Marathon course will be closed on a mile-by-mile rolling basis.

    If you are unable to run within the allotted time for the first loop, you may not be able to start the second loop (The Official San Francisco FULL Marathon). If you don’t run the allotted time for the second loop, you will be asked to move onto the sidewalk. Once you are on the sidewalk, you must follow all traffic laws deemed by the City and County of San Francisco. The course will be re-opened to traffic and aid stations may be closed if you fall behind the 13:44 minute mile pace.

    Starting Times:

    First Loop: 12:00am

    Second Loop: 5:40am – 6:32am

  • Water Stops, Aid Stations and Course Support

    The San Francisco Marathon will provide on course support via course monitors in cars and on bicycles that will travel the first loop with the 52.4 participants, stopping at designated areas along the route and checking runners in at each stop. Aid stations will support 52.4 participants during the first loop only. Volunteer Teams will be assigned to the aid stations and will be equipped with first aid supplies, water, fuel and food.

    All 52.4 participants have the option of providing The San Francisco Marathon with a drop bag of their own food and supplies. 52.4 participants will be able to drop off their bag at the Ultramarathon Tent at check-in on race day.

    The participant’s drop bag will be left at the 52.4 Tent. Ultramarathon participants will have access to their drop bag between the first and second loop and after the second loop.

    Drop bags should be securely tied and clearly marked with the the Ultramarathon participant’s name, bib number and phone number. Do not leave valuables in your bags. The San Francisco Marathon cannot be held responsible for lost bags. Please do not use paper bags, shoe boxes, or anything that can get wet and tear easily.

    52.4 participants must pick up their drop bag after their second loop by 1pm. Bags not picked up or claimed within 72 hours of the event are donated to local charity.

    Designated aid stations in the First Loop:

    • Mile 7.5 (just entering Golden Gate Park) – next station is in 6 miles
    • Mile 14 station (along the Great Highway) – next station in 7 miles
    • Mile 20.5 station (Stilwell Hall) – next station in 6.2 miles
    • Mile 26.2 station – Check in Area

    For the second loop, Ultramarathon participants will utilize the official race water stops.

  • Elevation
    2016 Official Elevation

    First Loop:

    Second Loop:

    Full Marathon Elevation Profile

  • Rules and Course - Subject to Change

    Because of the time and nature of this event, Ultramarathon participants will have to run on the sidewalks, follow all traffic laws, etc. to enhance safety and avoid disqualification. There are no road closures or traffic control in the first loop of the Ultramarathon. Be alert. Do not take risks. For the first loop of the Ultramarathon, participants will be expected to obey the California Vehicle Code (see below for more details on the California Vehicle Code):

    • Cross roads only in crosswalks or at intersections and allow approaching vehicles to pass.
    • Stop at red lights.
    • Do not run in a bicycle lane when a sidewalk is adjacent.
    • Run on the LEFT side of the road against traffic.

    Additional Rules:

    1. Medical history should be written on the backs of bibs to expedite the delivery of emergency care.
    2. Bib number should be worn on the front of your shirt or shorts.
    3. Keep noise to a minimum on streets and at aid stations on the first loop.
    4. Must run with a head lamp and reflective vest/gear; a blinking red light is STRONGLY recommended. 52.4 participants will NOT be allowed to participate without proper reflective gear.
    5. Hat or visor to reduce the glare of headlights is recommended.
    6. Carrying pepper spray and/or whistle is recommended.
    7. Each 52.4 participant must carry a course map and a cell phone during the first loop (Participants will be provided with a 52.4 Ultra Marathon and San Francisco Marathon phone number to call in case of emergency).
    8. Each 52.4 participant must carry a water bottle during the first loop.
    9. Do not litter the neighborhoods, parks or streets of San Francisco! Carry trash with you until you meet up with at an aid station.
    10. If you need to drop out of the event, please stop at one of the aid stations and notify them that you are not continuing. Volunteers will transport you back to The Embarcadero or help you secure a ride back (Taxi).
    11. No dogs, children, strollers, alcohol or headphones allowed.
    12. Wheelchairs need prior approval.
    13. Pacers are not allowed. Only registered 52.4 participants may participate in this event.

    California Vehicle Code

    Be safe. Read the Rules.

    PEDESTRIANS’ RIGHTS AND DUTIES (Excerpted from the California Vehicle Code)
    21950. (a) The driver of a vehicle shall yield the right-of-way to a pedestrian crossing the roadway within any marked crosswalk or within any unmarked crosswalk at an intersection, except as otherwise provided in this chapter. (b) The provisions of this section shall not relieve a pedestrian from the duty of using due care for his or her safety. No pedestrian shall suddenly leave a curb or other place of safety and walk or run in the path of a vehicle which is so close as to constitute an immediate hazard. No pedestrian shall unnecessarily stop or delay traffic while in a marked or unmarked crosswalk. (c) The provisions of subdivision (b) shall not relieve a driver of a vehicle from the duty of exercising due care for the safety of any pedestrian within any marked crosswalk or within any unmarked crosswalk at an intersection.

    21951. Whenever any vehicle has stopped at a marked crosswalk or at any unmarked crosswalk at an intersection to permit a pedestrian to cross the roadway, the driver of any other vehicle approaching from the rear shall not overtake and pass the stopped vehicle.

    21952. The driver of any motor vehicle, prior to driving over or upon any sidewalk, shall yield the right-of-way to any pedestrian approaching thereon.

    21954. (a) Every pedestrian upon a roadway at any point other than within a marked crosswalk or within an unmarked crosswalk at an intersection shall yield the right-of-way to all vehicles upon the roadway so near as to constitute an immediate hazard. (b) The provision of this section shall not relieve the driver of a vehicle from the duty to exercise due care for the safety of any pedestrian upon a roadway.

    21955. Between adjacent intersections controlled by traffic control signal devices or by police officers, pedestrians shall not cross the roadway at any place except in a crosswalk.

    21966. No pedestrian shall proceed along a bicycle path or lane where there is an adjacent adequate pedestrian facility.

  • Amenities
    All participants receive a unique 52.4 technical fabric long-sleeved shirt and The San Francisco Full Marathon technical fabric long-sleeved shirt.

    Finishers receive both a 52.4 finisher’s medal and a San Francisco Full Marathon finisher’s medal, electronic finisher’s certificate, and individual care, both on and off the course and following – including food, beverage, heat sheet and availability of medical care, and post race massages.

    52.4 hospitality tent with food and drink and private bathrooms.

  • Awards
    Awards will be given to the top three overall women and top three overall men. Time is based on your combined time of both loops. Once official results have been finalized, award plaques are created, personalized and mailed.
  • Scoring
    Awards will be given to the top three overall women and top three overall men. Time is based on your combined time of both loops. Once official results have been finalized, award plaques are created, personalized and mailed.
  • Divisions
     Ultramarathon: Open

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