THE SAN FRANCISCO MARATHON 1ST HALF COURSE: MILE 12

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 12 begins with a left turn onto Bernice Rodgers Way with runners climbing a bit as the street becomes MLK Jr. Drive and runners make their way up past lush green palm, cypress, pine and eucalyptus trees on their right.They pass Chain of Lakes Drive and South Lake, another one of the three Chain of Lakes, and one of five natural lakes in the park. Off the beaten path a bit and characterized by grassy slopes and blossoming trees in the early springtime, South Lake is less frequented than other bodies of water.

Runners continue along quiet MLK Jr. Drive, taking runners along a peaceful push through dense forests with towering trees on both sides of the route. Enjoy the tranquility of this section of the course. Mile 12 concludes after making a sharp turn off Martin Luther King Jr. Drive onto Metson Road. With only 1.1 miles left it’s time for the final push to the finish line.

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