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San Francisco: an amazing city for running
Jog in the fog and fabulousSan Francisco is a city full of iconic landmarks and such an amazing city for running. Whether you seek for flat surface, want to challenge yourself to run up some steep hills, crave for sand and sea, want to run along lakes and trees or across the Golden Gate Bridge for stunning views. San Francisco has it all. The weather and climate is ideal for running year round. Don't forget to bring a windbreaker though, especially if you want to run along the bay or ocean
Crissy Field and Golden Gate Bridge
Start and finish: Fort Mason
Distance: 13 km / 8 miles
Crissy Field is a popular place where San Francisco residents go for a run. Along this route you will see the gorgeous waters of the bay and the stunning appearance of the Golden Gate Bridge. The run starts at Fort Mason and takes you along the water past Fort Point right to the bottom of the bridge. Here you can turn around and run back to your starting point. If you do the full run to and from Fort Mason you’re running about 9K. For the best running experience extend your run your across the Golden Gate Bridge to see the beautiful city skyline from the North Bay. There is a walking path along the bridge that you can run on.
Golden Gate Park and Lake Merced
Golden Gate Park is a huge city park and provides the perfect outlet for runners. In the west wing there is a mixed flat and hilly 5K loop. Park along John F Kennedy Drive in front of Lloyd Lake. Run towards the coast past Spreckles Lake. After viewing a gang of buffalo in Buffalo Bison Paddock pass North Lake and turn left on Martin Luther King Jr. Drive. Run along South Lake and take Middle Drive West. Follow your way on the San Francisco Bicycle Route 134. At the end of the route turn left on Bicycle Road 75 and take the first left to enter John F. Kennedy Drive again. Prepare yourself for a final sprint to Lloyd Lake. For trail runners there is a dirt running path that starts just south of Fulton and takes you all the way along the park to the Great Highway on the edge of the Pacific Ocean. If you seek a less hilly course go to Lake Merced in the Golden Gate National Area, 5 miles south of Golden Gate Park. This 7K loop is mostly flat and you run on a paved path.
The Nike Women's Marathon (NWM) is the largest women's event in the world and attracts over 25,000 participants. The race begins in Union Square and runs along the San Francisco Bay with scenic views of Alcatraz and the Golden Gate Bridge. Expect live choir singing, cheerleaders, bra exchange stations and tons of spectators with creative signs like "Pain now cocktails later" along the course. Although it's a ladies run, men are allowed to join. For other upcoming events check Run San Francisco.
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