2nd Half Marathon – “The City Half” 

Sunday, July 28, 2024

Start Time: 8:30 a.m.
Start Line: MLK Jr. Drive @Golden Gate Park  (see shuttle info below)
Finish Line: Embarcadero at Folsom (Full Marathon finish line)
Distance: 13.1 miles with a 3.5-hour time limit.
Race Fee: $208.99*
The race fee includes these items: race shirt $45, beach towel $35, tote bag $22. Total gift value = $102

*Installment plans are now available, see more details at checkout. Currently closed for 2024. Available for 2025 registration.

The 2nd Half Marathon course is USATF-certified.


What You’ll Experience: The 2nd Half Marathon,  “The City Half” is a local favorite. With a start in Golden Gate Park near the ocean, it winds through the Golden Gate Park around Stow Lake and past the Conservatory of Flower before finding your way to iconic city neighborhoods with a finish at the official San Francisco Marathon Finish Line—and with a later start time and faster route, runners have more time to take in the festivities! This unique and memorable route is packed with experiences, including:

  • The Start Line is located at Golden Gate Park near Murphy Windmill.
  • Refreshing Bay breezes with Eucalyptus in the air – a constant while running marathons in San Francisco.
  • Picturesque views of Stow Lake, the de Young Museum, and the Conservatory of Flowers.
  • Iconic Haight Street!
  • Historic Mission District and the newly developed Mission Bay District.
  • Up-close views of major league sports stadiums, including homes of the Golden State Warriors and the San Francisco Giants.
  • Positive energy from spectators at the finish line and along the Bay Bridge.


Take the Challenge!

Get even more gear if you complete a Challenge!

Challenge Medal

Double Up Challenge

SFM 2nd Half + SFM Saturday 5K

Challenge Medal

Half it All Challenge

SFM 2nd Half + the other SFM Half (consecutive years*)

Challenge Medal

Legacy Runner Challenge

SFM 2nd Half + any other SFM race (consecutive years*, excludes 1K)

Challenge Medal


SFM 2nd Half + any distance for the Berkeley Half Marathon (consecutive races*)

Challenge Medal

SF/LA Challenge

SFM 2nd Half + any distance of the LA Marathon (consecutive races*)

Challenge Medal

SF/Oakland Challenge

SFM 2nd Half + any distance of the Oakland Marathon (consecutive races*)

Challenge Medal

CA Time to Travel Challenge

SFM 2nd Half + any distance of the OC Marathon (consecutive races*)

Challenge Medal

Bay Area Challenge

SFM 2nd Half + 1 distance in each of these: The Giant Race, The Berkeley Half Marathon, The Oakland Marathon, The San Jose 8K & Half Marathon (consecutive races*)

*Once a medal is received at a previous event, the challenge will restart.

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2024 Course Map


2nd Half Marathon Details

  • Start time, location and corral details
    Start Time: 8:30 am*,  MLK Jr. Drive @Golden Gate Park 

    All runners need to be in their assigned starting corral before the official race start time. *Corral times and locations are subject to change.

    Corral A Corral B Corral C
    8:15 AM 8:24 8:33
    8:18 AM 8:27 8:36
    8:21 AM 8:30 8:39 AM

    For more information on starting corrals, please click here

  • Course Limits
    In order to qualify as an Official 2nd Half Marathon Finisher, you must finish within the 3.5 hour course limit.
  • Water/Fuel Stops & Medical Care
    The 2nd Half Marathon includes 10 water stops where you can find water, Nuun electrolytes, medical, and toilets. Water Stop 3 includes Chargel energy gel.

    *All water stops will have water monster refill stations.

  • Need to know
    Runner Shuttle Buses will pick up runners from 6:50 am to 7:50 am in 5 to 10 min. intervals from the Main Start Line near the Embarcadero at Howard St. and Spear St., and drop off within walking distance from the start line of the 2nd Half Marathon, at Lincoln Way between La Playa St. and 48th Ave.

    In an effort to reduce waste and work toward being a sustainable event, heat sheets will not be provided at the finish line.  Our medical team will have them available if the weather is cold and foggy. We encourage you to pack a warm lightweight item that can fit in your drop bag that you can put on post-race. We appreciate your understanding and help in reducing our footprint.

  • Race Morning Runner Shuttles
    Please click here for more information on race morning runner shuttles
  • Drop-off Points
    If you are getting a ride in on race day, the best drop-off point is Lincoln Blvd. between Montgomery St and Anza Ave, in The Presidio. Pick up for the 2nd Half Marathon Finish:  Mission at Main St. or Washington St. at Drum St.
  • Perks & Benefits
    View sizing info here. All participants receive a technical fabric long-sleeved shirt, San Francisco Marathon Beach Towel and Tote.
  • Awards
    The top 3 overall and the top 3 Men, Women, and NB+ division winners in the 2nd Half marathon will receive digital 3D awards via email when the results are finalized, 3 to 6 weeks post-race.
  • 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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