THE SAN FRANCISCO MARATHON 10K COURSE: MILE 4

Ever wonder what running the The San Francisco Marathon course is like? Let writer and runner Erin Mara, along with the SFM staff, take you through the experience of running the The San Francisco Marathon mile-by-mile. Get a sneak peak, then get registered and get training!

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Mile 4 takes runners through and around the Fort Mason complex. Once an army post for more than 100 years, Fort Mason is now a mecca for picnickers, sunbathers and outdoor enthusiasts. Runners approach Fort Mason along Bay Street, passing Patrick’s Park before turning right onto Laguna Street. On their right runners can see the green and grassy Great Meadow of Fort Mason. In the center stands a statue of Congressman Phillip Burton, who sponsored legislation that created the Golden Gate National Parks in 1972. The Great Meadow slopes down from upper Fort Mason to Fort Mason Center in the Marina District, home to repurposed piers and warehouses that house environmental, cultural and arts organizations, event space (think wine tastings, garden expositions and antique shows), and a few great restaurants, like the SF institution, Greens.

Runners turn into the Great Meadow, climbing up through the Eucalyptus Grove with gorgeous views of the Golden Gate Bridge to the left as Mile 4 ends at Black Rock point.

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