THE SAN FRANCISCO MARATHON 5K COURSE: MILE 1

Ever wonder what running the The San Francisco Marathon 5K 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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The 5K Course begins at Mission and Steuart Streets with a spectacular view of the San Francisco Bay. Runners have with the Ferry Building behind them and the Bay Bridge directly ahead as they begin their race. Runners race through the city streets, zigging and zagging along the blocks before turning left onto The Embarcadero just under the Bay Bridge. 

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.

After runners pass under the Bay Bridge the Ferry building comes into view at the end of Mile 2.

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