THE SAN FRANCISCO MARATHON 2ND HALF COURSE: MILE 13

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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With 13 miles behind you, the final steps of the The San Francisco Marathon 2nd Half Marathon takes runners along the Embarcadero from the Bay Bridge to the finish line at Folsom Street. Be sure to look up and take in the dramatic, steel beams of the Bay Bridge. As runners approach the finish line, screaming crowds, signs for encouragement and music push runners forward with the end in sight.

Just ahead, runners can see The Ferry Building, where they began their running tour of San Francisco, welcoming them back. After crossing the finish line, and taking a few deep breaths, runners can see the iconic Cupid’s Span sculpture, built by married artists Claes Oldenburg and Coosje van Bruggen to the right. The 60-foot sculpture, made of fiberglass and steel, was commissioned by GAP founders Donald and Doris F. Fisher.

With 13.1 miles behind them, runners are awarded their medals and welcomed to the Finish Line Festival to celebrate with friends, family and over 27,000 participants. Congratulations.

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