Race Day Traffic Advisory

Thank you to the residents of San Francisco for enabling us to stage The San Francisco Marathon in this amazing city! To help the San Francisco community and our runners and spectators plan their travel on Race Day (Sept 19, 2021), we will keep this page updated with traffic impact information. We also encourage everyone to come out and cheer on the runners as they achieve an amazing accomplishment by running one of our full marathon, half marathon, 5K or ultra distance events.

Race Day Detour Map

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General Public transportation

Many SF Muni lines are impacted by the event, with reroutes and delays. Please see http://www.sfmta.com/calendar/alerts for more information.

Impact on San Francisco Neighborhoods and Suggested Detours

Road Closure notice will be posted:

  • At major entrances to Golden Gate Park and major roadways one (1) week prior to the race.
  • On the day of the event, at entrances and diversion points in the park.

The Embarcadero – 12:01 am to 3:00 pm

  • Northbound Embarcadero/King St. will be closed from 3rd St. to Broadway.
  • Southbound Embarcadero will be closed from Broadway to Harrison.
  • See the map above and below for suggested detours.

Detour Map

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Fisherman’s Wharf – 5:00 am to 10:30 am

  • On Jefferson Street between Powell and Hyde, no vehicles will be allowed.

Marina District

  • Westbound lanes of Bay Street will be closed from 5:00 AM – 9:45 AM

  • Northbound Laguna St from Bay to Marina Blvd will be closed from 5:00 AM – 9:45 AM

  • West lanes of Marina Blvd to Yacht Road will be closed from 5:00 AM – 9:45 AM

Golden Gate Bridge Roadway Lanes & Sidewalks

  • Vehicle traffic will remain open in both directions throughout the event
  • The east side bridge sidewalk will open at 8:45 AM to bikes and pedestrians. The west side bridge sidewalk will open at 10:00 AM to bikes only.

Golden Gate Bridge Exit and Parking Area

  • Will remain open on Southside of the bridge
  • Vista Point exit (northeast side) and the Vista Point parking lot will be closed from 4:00am to 10:00 am.

Alexander Avenue Exit and Fort Baker – 5:00am to 9:30am

  • Alexander Ave will be open to Fort Baker Traffic Only
  • Sausalito traffic – please continue North on 101 to Bridgeway 

Presidio and Golden Gate National Recreation Area – 12:00am to 10:15

  • From midnight to 10:00am, there will be no access to the Golden Gate Bridge through the Presidio.
  • Lincoln Blvd. and all intersections onto Lincoln Blvd. from the 25th Ave. gate to Lendrum Ct. will be closed from 4:30am to 10:00am.
  • Baker Beach residents may enter and exit the housing areas via the service road from Battery Caulfield. Traffic will be allowed access and egress from Brooks Court and Baker Court via Lincoln Blvd..
  • Mason Street and all intersections onto Mason Street will be closed from the Marina Gate to Crissy Field Avenue from 4:30 am to 10:00am.
  • Crissy Field Avenue will be closed from 4:30 am to 10:00am.

Richmond District – 6:00am to 10:30 am

  • Eastbound and Westbound Vehicle Traffic should expect delays at 26th Ave. and 27th Ave.
  • 26th and 27th Avenues from Fulton Street to Lake Street closed to through traffic. Cross traffic will be allowed intermittently on California, Clement, Geary, Balboa or Cabrillo. Expect significant delays.
  • Residents west of 27th Avenue are encouraged to use the Great Highway.

Sunset and Richmond Districts – 6:00am to 11:00am

  • North and south access through Golden Gate Park should use Great Highway, Kezar, or 19th Avenue/Park Presidio. Expect significant delays.
  • In Golden Gate Park, southbound Crossover Dr., JFK Dr. from Great Highway to Kezar, MLK Jr. Way from Lincoln to 25th Ave, Transverse Dr., and Stow Lake Dr. will be closed from 5:00 am to approx. 11:00 am.

Upper Haight Street – 6:30 am to 11:30 am

  • North and south access across Upper Haight Street should use Kezar Drive (from or to Lincoln off Oak and Fell). Expect significant delays.

Lower Haight Street – 6:30 am to 11:45 am

  • North and south access across Lower Haight Street should use Steiner or Fillmore. Expect significant delays.

Market Street – 6:30 am to 12:00pm noon

  • Westbound and Eastbound travel on, and access to, Market Street at Duboce Ave. and Guerrero Street should expect significant delays.

Mission & Potrero Districts: 15th, 16th, & 17th Streets – 6:45am to 12:30pm

  • Northbound and southbound traffic needing to cross over 15th, 16th, and 17th streets should use Highway 280 or Highway 101 whenever possible. Crossovers are also available at some city streets; however, significant delays should be expected: Valencia, South Van Ness, Folsom, Bryant, or Potrero Street.

Third Street Detour – 7:00 am to 12:30 pm

  • Impacted between Mariposa and 20th Streets.
  • Southbound traffic should use westbound Mariposa Street to Tennessee (south) to westbound 18th Street  overpass to southbound Pennsylvania Street to eastbound 20th or 23rd Street to Third Street.
  • Northbound traffic should use westbound 23rd or 20th Street to northbound Pennsylvania Street to eastbound 18th Street to Tennessee to Mariposa to Third Street.

South Beach Area – 7:00 am to 12:30 pm

    • Terry Francois Blvd. will be closed.