The San Francisco Full Marathon

Sunday, July 24th, 2022

Race Start Time and Location
5:40 a.m.* @ Embarcadero @ Mission

Race Finish
11:40 a.m. @ Embarcadero @ Folsom (Main Marathon Finish Line)

Course Highlights
Toe the start line under the careful watch of the Bay Bridge and begin your tour of San Francisco as the sunrise draws near. Run along the Bay and through Fisherman’s Wharf, past the Marina Green and across Crissy Field as the sun rises behind you, giving the Golden Gate Bridge its unmistakable fiery-red color. It’s waiting there for you; charge ahead and cross the bridge whether you’re accompanied by the sound of fog horns or stunning views of the open ocean.

The first leg of your bridge run ends with a one mile downhill toward Sausalito landing along the Bay. Head out to Cavallo Point with amazing views of San Francisco across the Bay, then head up and under the bridge to begin your journey back into San Francisco. Run through the Presidio and across the Richmond District neighborhood, into Golden Gate Park and down the legendary Haight St. Continue your journey across the city, through the Mission District, along newly developed Mission Bay, and past the home of the Golden State Warriors and The San Francisco Giants. Greet the Bay Bridge as it welcomes you to the finish line and listen to the cheering spectators that are ready to celebrate your victory with you!

Course Certification
The Full Marathon course is USATF certified and a Boston Marathon and Olympic Time Trials qualifying race.

Race Distance
The course is 26.2 miles long with a time limit of 6 hours

In order to be able to complete the Full Marathon within the time limit, please note the following cut off times for the Golden Gate Bridge:

The last Northbound runner must get on the bridge by 7:40 a.m. The East sidewalk is reopened to the general public at 8:30 a.m.

The last Southbound runner from the Dillingham Lot must get on the bridge by 8:50 a.m. The west bike path Westside is open reopens for the general public at 9:45/10:00 a.m.

* Course & start time subject to change

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2022 Course Map

(Course subject to change)


What you get for running

Finisher Shirt

Finisher Medal

Food & Drink

45th Anniversary Medal


    Full Marathon Details

  • Start time, location and corral details

    Start Location

    The Full Marathon starts at 5:40am (start time subject to change) @ Embarcadero @ Mission.

    Corral Information (subject to change): 5:40 / 5:43 / 5:46 / 5:49 / 5:52 / 5:55 / 6:01 / 6:04

  • Course Limits
    In order to qualify as an Official Full Marathon Finisher, you must finish within the 6 hour course limit.
  • Water/Fuel Stops & Medical Care
    The Full Marathon includes 16 water stops where you can find water, GU electrolytes, medical and toilets. Water stops 5 and 10 include GU energy chews.

  • Elevation Map
    See map above.
  • Perks & Benefits
    All participants receive a technical fabric long-sleeved shirt. View sizing info here. Finishers receive a finisher’s medal, free photos, electronic finisher’s certificate and individual care, both on and off the course – including food, beverage, heat sheet and medical care.
  • Awards
    Gifts will be issued to the top 3 Men and Women in the Full Marathon. Once official results have been finalized, award plaques are created, personalized and mailed.
  • Scoring
    The top 3 overall Men and Women in the full marathon will receive a plaque and winners medal. The top three females and top three males in each age group will be given a personalized plaque. Results will be finalized 4-6 weeks post event and then age group awards will be personalized and mailed. Top 3 overall winners will be removed from age group awards (no double dipping).
  • Divisions
    Open, Masters and Age Groups: 19 and Under, 20-24, 25-29, 30-34, 35-39, 40-44, 45-49, 50-54, 55-59, 60-64, 65-69, 70-74, 75-79, 80+

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