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2022 Event Date

The San Francisco Marathon will return to its normal summer date, July 24th, 2022


  • How can I confirm my registration?

    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.

  • How do I update or change my registration event?

    To update the details of your registration (finish time, shirt size or emergency contact), email us at by or before May 15th, 2022. Any updates after this date must be made at the Solutions Table at the Expo.

    Event changes can be made remotely until May 23rd, 2022 for a $15 fee. After that, all requests must be made in person at the Solutions Table at Expo and are based on availability.

    For upgrades, please email The $15 change fee plus the difference in the ticket price will be applied. For downgrades, please click here.

    Please note that if you paid to have your Bib mailed to you, any distance change after May 23rd, 2022 will have to be made at the Solutions Table at the Expo. 

  • Can I transfer my registration to another runner?
    Transfer: You may not give or sell your bib number to another individual – doing so could result in your disqualification as well as the runner using your race number.
  • Can I run virtually or defer to another year?

    You can convert your 2022 entry to Virtual for no additional fee and receive your participation items by mail (Virtual items are shipped 45 to 60 days post the in-person race day). To convert to virtual, please Click Here.

    We have a new “No worry deferral policy.” If for any reason you would like to defer your entry to 2023, you can do so anytime before July 20th, 2022. Please note that a $39 fee will be applied, click here to defer.
    The following stipulations apply:
    • Participation Shirt and Medal – When deferring to 2023, no shirt and medal will be awarded for 2022, you will receive your shirt and medal in 2023 for the 2023 race.
    • Loyal Status
      • If you are a loyal runner and wish to continue your loyal status in 2023, you must register to run virtually in 2022 and submit GPS proof of course completion or run using our VIRTUAL365 app by 12/31/2022.
      • You will have to register to run virtually here.
      • By registering to run virtually, the included shipping cost covers the shipping of any Loyal items you have earned.
      • If you do not register to run virtually then your Loyal status will be lost and no items will be awarded.
    • Referral items – Items to be picked up in 2023 at the Expo. 
    • Bib and Shirt Mailing, VIP or Bart Bus Tickets
    • If you had purchased Bib and Shirt mailing, VIP or Bart Bus Tickets, those will be deferred to 2023 along with your registration.
  • Can I cancel my registration?

    For a limited time only, we are offering Tower Refundable Registrations. Please read the details carefully to decide if you wish to add the refundable 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.

Race Weekend

  • When/Where is the Expo?

    More information on the 2022 San Francisco Marathon Expo coming soon!

  • Where do I pick up my bib?

    You have two options to receive your bib this year.

    1. You can purchase bib mailing when registering for $15 domestic or $25 international. You can also add it to your registration at a later time here. This option is only available until May 15th, 2022. *Includes race bib only, shirts must be picked up after the race at the T-shirt booth.
    2. Pick your bib up at the Expo. Runners are required to bring a photo ID to pick up their bibs. In the event that a runner is unable to pick up their own bib, another person will be able to pick it up with the bib number and a copy of the runner’s ID.
  • Where do I leave my stuff while I run the race?

    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.

  • How can I retrieve my Gear Bag if I forgot to pick it up?

    If you left your Gear Check Bag behind on race weekend, you must email us at within 7 days to have your items to you for a $20 shipping charge.

  • I lost something at the race, what do I do?

    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 to see if your item was turned in or found.

  • What security measures have The San Francisco Marathon put in place?

    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.


  • What are the course time limits?

    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.

  • Can I bring my own water bottle?

    Runners are encouraged to bring their own water vessels such as handhelds, fuel belts, vests or small running back packs, that carry 50 fluid oz or less and refill them at our touchless water stops. No large backpacks are allowed.

  • Can I wear headphones on the course?

    Headphones are allowed on course. Please be aware of your surroundings and pay attention to any directions any course monitors give. 

  • Are strollers allowed on course?

    Only the 5K has a stroller division. Runners with strollers are required to start in the last wave for safety purposes.

  • How can I see a course map and elevation chart?
  • How many water and fuel stops are on course?

    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.

  • Timing corrections and questions.

    To submit a timing question or request a correction be made to your results, please complete a request form.





  • What are the Pacer paces and times?

    For an extensive review of our Pacer pace times, visit the Pace Group Info Page

    Our pacer positions are filled by RUN365 Club/Training program and by other amazing running clubs. If you would like to join the pace group, email


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Runners with Disabilities

  • Can I run the San Francisco Marathon if I have a disability?

    Yes, we are very supportive of our runners with disabilities.

  • I am blind and need a guide. How does my guide register?

    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 for information regarding registration (special pricing available), getting set up with a guide, or any additional support you might need.

  • Do you allow wheelchairs?

    Yes, we allow wheelchairs. Wheelchairs will be placed in the last corral for safety reasons. After you register please email so we can place you in the correct corral.

  • Do you allow guide dogs?

    Yes, before you register you must email 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.

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