You can read our detailed Return to Running plan here. As we know more this page will be updated. Runners will receive email communication about expectations for Race Weekend as we get closer to race weekend.
All 2020 Virtual Packets have been shipped. We are aware that many of you still haven’t received yours.
There are significant delays at the US Post Office and they are working hard to get through the backlog. Unfortunately, tracking information isn’t available for many packages. You can learn more about the service delays here.
We apologize for the delay, and thank you for understanding.
To confirm your registration, check your status on our registration look-up. Please allow 24 hours after registering for your confirmation to appear in the results.
If you deferred from 2020, you can use that same link to confirm your registration.
To update the details of your registration (finish time, shirt size or emergency contact), email us at firstname.lastname@example.org by or before July 1, 2021 if you purchased Bib+Shirt mailing, otherwise, you can update it until August 1, 2021. Updates after this date must be made at the Solutions Table at the Expo.
To update your mailing address, please click here. Address changes must be made by July 1, 2021 if you added bib/shirt mailing to your registration.
Event changes can be made remotely until July 1, 2021 if you purchased Bib + Shirt mailing or August 1st if you did not for a $15 fee. After that, all requests must be made in person at the Solutions Table at Expo and are based on availability.
Please note that if you paid to have your Bib and Shirt mailed to you, any distance change after July 1, 2021 will have to be made at the Solutions Table at the Expo.
This year we are offering a Refundable Registration. Please read the details carefully to decide if you wish to add the Refund Option to your registration. You cannot add this later, it must be added at the original time of purchase. If you do not choose the refundable option during registration, no refund will be granted per the waiver you agree to during registration.
More information about the 2021 San Francisco Marathon Expo will be released closer to race weekend.
You have two options to receive your bib this year.
At the Expo, you will be given a clear Gear Check Bag. You will be instructed to write your bib number on your bag, and store your stuff in this bag on race morning. UPS will be sponsoring our Gear Check. UPS trucks will be collecting Gear Check Bags near the appropriate Start Lines and will be returning Gear Check Bags at appropriate Finish Lines. On race morning, look for signage that will direct you to the appropriate UPS truck. The San Francisco Marathon/UPS is not liable for any lost, stolen, or damaged items.
If you left your Gear Check Bag behind on race weekend, you must email us at email@example.com within 7 days to have your items to you for a $20 shipping charge.
On race day, check the Lost and Found at the Information Booth. After the race, found items will be returned to the SFM office after the race. If you remember after the race please email us at firstname.lastname@example.org to see if your item was turned in or found.
The physical security of participants, volunteers, spectators and staff is The San Francisco Marathon’s top priority. We are exhaustive in our planning, and work year-round with the City and County of San Francisco, SFPD, SFFD, our medical team and first responders to provide the safest experience possible.
Full Marathon – 6 hours or 13:44 minute mile pace
1st Half Marathon – 3.5 hours or a 16:02 minute mile pace
2nd Half Marathon – 3.5 hours or a 16:02 minute mile pace
Ultra Marathon – 6 hours or a 13:45 minute mile pace
5K Race – 1 hour or 19.5 minute mile pace
If you do not finish under the course limit, we can not guarantee you a medal, official finishers time or access to water stops.
*Ultra Course Time Limits – Ultra runners must complete the first loop before the last wave of the Full Marathon begins, at 6:32AM. In order to qualify as an official Ultra finisher, runners must finish the second loop within 6 hours. If runners are unable to finish the first loop within the allotted time, runners may not be allowed to start the second loop. All runners that are still running after the course is closed will be asked to continue running on the sidewalk.
Runners are encouraged to bring their own water vessels (handhelds, fuel belts and 50 oz (or smaller) vests. No large backpacks allowed) and refill them at our touchless water stops.
Headphones are allowed on course. Please be aware of your surroundings and pay attention to any directions any course monitors give.
Only the 5K has a stroller division. Runners with strollers are required to start in the last wave for safety purposes.
The Full Marathon includes 16 water stops where you can find water, electrolyte, medical, and toilets. Water stops 5 and 10 include GU energy chews.
To submit a timing question or request a correction be made to your results, please complete a request form (link on the top right).
Each of our challenges are unique and require different qualifying criteria. To learn about each challenge and the eligibility involved, visit our Challenges page.
To confirm your challenge eligibility, please visit our Challenge Eligibility Look-Up.
For an extensive breakdown of our Pacer paces and times, visit the Pace Group Info page.
Our pacer positions are mostly filled by a few of our amazing running clubs. If our clubs can’t fulfill a pacer position we will open it up to the running community, this typically happens mid to end of June. Email email@example.com to be added to a list to be contacted if a slot opens up.
Yes, runner shuttles will be offered, please check the individual race pages for specific information.
No, BART does not run early enough to get you to the Start Line. The San Francisco Marathon will be offering early morning bus service from 6 Bay Area BART stations. Visit our Travel and Lodging page for information on pick-up times and locations.
Parking in the city can be a challenge, especially when large-scale events are happening. Please make sure to give yourself enough time to find parking on race morning.
Rideshare with Lyft! For details on how to request or preschedule a ride, please see our Travel and Lodging page.
Yes, our Full, 1st and 2nd Half Marathons are USATF Certified.
Yes, completing The San Francisco Marathon, in the allotted time, will qualify runners for The Boston Marathon.
Yes, we are very supportive of our runners with disabilities.
The San Francisco Marathon strives to provide a race that is accessible and safe for ALL runners. To help us do so, we have partnered with Achilles International San Francisco Bay Area Chapter.
Achilles International is a non-profit organization that provides athletes with disabilities with a community of support. Able-bodied volunteers and disabled runners come together to train in an environment of support and community.
Athletes wishing to participate in The San Francisco Marathon’s AWD Program, as a runner or as a guide, please email firstname.lastname@example.org for information regarding registration (special pricing available), getting set up with a guide, or any additional support you might need.
Yes, we allow wheelchairs. Wheelchairs will be placed in the last corral for safety reasons. After you register please email email@example.com so we can place you in the correct corral.
Yes, before you register you must email firstname.lastname@example.org to submit your dog’s paperwork. You and your dog will be placed in the last corral for safety purposes. Your dog must be on a leash the entire time.