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!


Mile 11 runs along the waterfront on Terry Francois Boulevard from 19th Street to Pier 48 in the Mission Bay neighborhood.

In the 1850s, the area was used for shipbuilding and repair, butchery and meat production, and oyster and clam fishing. Now, this neighborhood is chock-full of new construction, namely new condo developments and high rises.

UCSF Medical Center opened its Mission Bay campus here in February 2015. It’s among the greenest urban hospitals in the nation and one of the first hospitals in California to achieve the LEED Gold certification honor.

To the left runners will find the state of the art Chase Center, which opened in 2019 to host The Golden State Warriors, concerts and other events. The Chase Center is able to seat 18,064 fans for Basketball games and 19,500 fans during concerts. The Chase Center’s first event featured two Bay Area icons as Metallica and The San Francisco Symphony combined for an unforgettable evening.

Once a bait and tackle shop in the 1950s, the historic Mission Rock Resort on Terry Francois between 16th and 17th streets is an expansive waterfront spot specializing in seafood.

At 550 Terry Francois Boulevard is the headquarters of the Old Navy brand of The Gap clothing retailer.

The Bay Bridge, connecting San Francisco to Oakland and the East Bay, also comes into sight at this mile. The Bay Bridge was the longest bridge in the world when it opened in 1936, six months before the Golden Gate Bridge. The bridge’s new east span, completed in early 2015 and most complex public works project in California history, is a single deck with eastbound and westbound lanes on each side, making it the world’s widest bridge, according to 2014’s Guinness World Records.

There’s a water stop in the middle of Mile 11, and the stretch ends just before China Basin Park at McCovey Cove.