The San Francisco Full Marathon

Interested in the 1st or 2nd Half, 10K, 5K?

Sunday, September 19th, 2021

On-course mask requirements. National Park property requires all runners to wear masks. There will be signs indicating the zones. If you run without a mask in these zones you maybe disqualified or may be fined by the National Parks. Full Course mask zones: Miles 2.5-3, Miles 5.5 to 7, $ Miles 8.5-13.15.

Race Start Time and Location
5:40am @ Embarcadero @ Mission

Race Finish
Main Marathon Finish Line @ Embarcadero @ Folsom

Course Highlights
With the sunrise and the Bay Bridge over your shoulder, toe the line as you start your tour of San Francisco. Run along the bay through Fisherman’s Wharf, the Marina Green and Crissy Field on your way to the Golden Gate Bridge. Your first leg of the bridge ends with a one mile downhill  toward Sausalito landing along the bay and heading out to Cavallo Point with amazing views of San Francisco across the bay. Head up and under the bridge to begin the journey back into San Francisco, through the Presidio and across the Richmond District neighborhood, into Golden Gate Park where the legendary Haight St. awaits you. Your journey continues 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. The Bay Bridge finish line awaits you where the cheering spectators 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
26.2 Miles

In-person $255
Virtual domestic $89 (+$25 Shipping for International Runners)


Interested in the 1st or 2nd Half, 10K, 5K?

Can’t join us in person? Register for Virtual!

You can run any of our races from anywhere in the world! Learn more on our Virtual Races page.

2021 Course Map - NEW!

(Course subject to change)



Runner Perks

Long-Sleeve Technical T-Shirt

Finisher Medal

Food & Drink

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    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. (Click “Download PDF with elevation” button.)
  • 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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