The San Francisco Full Marathon
Sunday, July 23rd, 2023
Race Start Time and Location
5:30 a.m.* @ Embarcadero @ Mission
12:00 p.m. @ Embarcadero @ Folsom (Main Marathon Finish Line)
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!
The Full Marathon course is USATF certified and a Boston Marathon and Olympic Time Trials qualifying race.
The course is 26.2 miles long with a time limit of 6 hours.
In order to complete the Full Marathon within the time limit, please note the following cut-off times for the Golden Gate Bridge:
OUTBOUND Golden Gate Bridge- The last Northbound runner (on the East sidewalk) must access the bridge by 7:40 a.m. in order for the East sidewalk to be reopened to the general public at 8:30 a.m.
RETURN INBOUND Golden Gate Bridge – The last Southbound runner (on the West sidewalk from the Dillingham Lot) must access the bridge by 8:50 a.m. in order for the west sidewalk to be reopened to the general public for bicycle use by 9:45/10:00 a.m.Runners who do not make the above return/ inbound 8:50 a.m. cut-off time will be directed to use the East sidewalk to return to San Francisco. To access the East sidewalk from the West sidewalk, there is a catwalk under the bridge accessible from the West sidewalk to the east sidewalk.
- Registration & Fees
* Course & start time subject to change