The San Francisco Marathon Mile 18: Course Landmarks

The San Francisco Marathon Mile 18 STATS

Neighborhood: Golden Gate Park
Elevation Change: Starts at 262’ and ends at 291′
Stations (water/food/toilet): none
Best Spot for Family/Support: Stow Lake Boat House

Mile 18 of the Marathon goes around the historic Stow Lake, completed in 1893 in Golden gate Park.  It’s Golden Gate Park’s largest body of water and was designed for leisure boating, a promenade for horse-drawn carriages, and to serve as a reservoir for park irrigation.

San Francisco Marathon Mile 18 - Course 2022 Landmark - Stow Lake in Golden Gate Park.

The island in the middle of the lake, Strawberry Hill, is named for the wild strawberries that once grew there. This lake is beuatifully surrounded by Redwoods, Cyprus & Pine trees. It is home to ducks, Canadian Geese, and Great Blue Herons. You may even spot a turtle or two!

There are also great views of the Financial District and San Francisco’s skyline from this area. An excellent mile for runners to enjoy nature and spectators to get a great feel of where nature hits the city. A must see!

Mile 18 is a relaxing and breath-taking nature run.   Watch the mile 18 video below and then let’s go onto 19 ! Click Next Mile…







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