Golden Gate Half Marathon

Saturday, November 7th, 2015
Golden Gate Half Expo & Packet Pickup - Herbst Pavilion, Fort Mason Center, San Francisco
More info on the Golden Gate Half Expo here »

Sunday, November 8th, 2015
Start & Finish Location - Aquatic Park waterfront, San Francisco
Half Marathon Start - 7:00am
Festival Begins - 8:10am

Race Rules

  • Entry fees are non-refundable and non-transferable. No exceptions.
  • Once we receive and accept your entry, you will not receive a refund if you cannot participate, you may not give or sell your race number to anyone else, and you may not transfer your entry fee to future races.
  • If you attempt to sell your race number, you may not be able to participant in future events.
  • You must be at least 12 years old to participate in the Half Marathon. If accompanied by a parent or guardian, any age can participate in the Family funK.
  • You must be in good health.
  • You must show photo ID to receive your race number and timing chip.
  • You must pick up your own race packet and race number at the Golden Gate Half Expo.
  • Race numbers are required to participate.
  • No bikes, in-line skates, skateboards, baby joggers or dogs will be allowed on the course.

Course Time Limits

To ensure that roads reopen to vehicular traffic at the scheduled times, the course time limits will be strictly enforced. Participants must maintain a pace of 14:00 min / per mile to finish the 13.1 miles in under 3 hours. A cut-off location will be enforced on the course; runners or walkers who do not reach the cut-off location by this time will be stopped and shuttled to the finish line area.

Medical Information

Our Medical Team is a dedicated group of multidisciplinary medical professionals, available to help assess your race day medical needs and administer acute first aid when necessary. Numerous medical stations will be located at the Finish as well as at the start and along the course.

Gear Check

Gear check will be available near the start line for your pre-race/post-race clothing. While you run, it'll be held securely while you Run the Bay across the Golden Gate Bridge. When you finish, simply return to the same location to claim your belongings.

Please note: DO NOT leave valuables, cash or jewelry in your gear bag. The event is not responsible for any lost items. Gear bags must be claimed before close of the Finish Line Festival on race day.

Runner Zone

Once you cross the finish line, you'll enter a secure participant only area. In the Runner Zone, you'll rehydrate, refuel as well as be awarded your well deserved finisher's medal. Be sure to grab all your goodies, because once you exit this area, you can't re-enter. Besides, there's a party going on and its time to celebrate.


The Golden Gate Half Marathon has the same course as its inception in 2002.

The race kicks off on the waterfront in Aquatic Park on historic Muni Pier with sweeping views of Alcatraz and the Golden Gate Bridge.

The course travels through the Marina, Crissy Field, the Presidio and across the famous Golden Gate Bridge — out east, returning west - exposing breathtaking sights of the San Francisco cityscape & coastline.

You’ll return along the Golden Gate Promenade, up through Fort Mason and to the grand musical finish in Aquatic Park.

Click to download the official Golden Gate Half Course Map PDF.

Course Map

Click to view our online Interactive Course Map:


You’ve crossed the finish line on the waterfront in Aquatic Park and met with local volunteers placing a finisher’s medal around your neck. As you are catching your breath, you’re awarded with a commemorative reusable bottles, hot food and escorted to celebrate your accomplishment in the beer garden.

At the RunSF Festival, we’ve assembled a local collection of music, food, beer & wine to reflect the spirit of San Francisco’s culture.

The festival celebration is open to the public. Everyone is welcome to cheer on the runners, experience San Francisco hospitality and celebrate everything this great town has to offer.


  • Gorgeous course showcasing the San Francisco Bay and waterfront, Crissy Field,
    the Presidio, and of course the Golden Gate Bridge.
  • Commemorative, reusable Water Bottle
  • Gender Specific Technical Shirt (one you’ll actually wear)
  • Awesome Finisher’s Medal (we’re talking serious hardware)
  • Free Admission to the post-race RunSF Festival
    (the reason we all run, right?)
  • More to come!


Parking: Garages & Maps

Bay Area Trip Planner: http://tripplanner.transit.511.org


Our friends at VO2MAX Sports Science have put together 12-week Half Marathon Training Plans for beginner and intermediate levels, to help you prepare to Run SF!

Download the Beginner Training Program

Download the Intermediate Training Program

Training programs courtesy of:

Join A Runner’s Mind to get Golden Gate Half-ready with training runs throughout the week. Leaving from their San Francisco store, they meet Thursdays (hill repeats) and Tuesdays at 7pm and Saturdays at 9am.

For more information on happenings at both their San Francisco and Burlingame stores, check out their Facebook page.


Participant Info: San Francisco

On Saturday, over 50 exhibitors will offer free samples, showcase the latest industry apparel, health & nutritional products and much more. All runners must visit the expo to pick up their race number, gear bag and t-shirt.

  • Dates: Saturday, November 7th, 2015
  • Location: Herbst Pavilion, Fort Mason Center
  • Expo Hours: Saturday, November 7th, 10am - 6pm.
  • Free Admission: Open to the public
  • Directions: For directions, please visit the Fort Mason Center web site

Exhibitor & Sponsor Info

The Golden Gate Half, San Francisco’s RunSF Expo takes place on Saturday before the event and is the location where all participants must pick up their race packets. Free and open to the public, this expo features the latest in nutrition, gear, great events, training and more. For more information regarding exhibiting at the expo, please contact Tim Cole tim@projectsport.com.

Showcase Your Brand at our Running Events!
All Project Sport events feature a pre-event expo, where all participants must visit to pick up their race packets. Free and open to the public, these expos feature the latest in running technologies, fitness apparel, health and nutrition information and interactive displays. Interested in showcasing your brand? Contact us today to get in front of the most desirable demographic!

A 10′x10′ booth comes with (1) 6′ table & (2) chairs. Booth payment is due at time of reservation and is nonrefundable. Booths are available on a first-come first-serve basis. Please submit an application to join the fun! Reserve yours today!

Our Northern California Running Event Locations:
Livermore: Livermore Half Marathon visit website »
Oakland: The Town’s Half Marathon visit website »
San Francisco: Golden Gate Half visit website »


Pier 2620 Hotel - Fisherman’s Wharf
2620 Jones St., San Francisco, CA

Authenticity, Inside and Out When you are welcomed to Pier 2620 Hotel by our friendly associates, you'll find more than a comfortable place to stay. You'll find a community made up of staff, ready and willing to share our passion for San Francisco, Fisherman's Wharf and the hotel with you. You'll find our hotel to be the "sweet spot" you've been looking for – the perfect launching point to experience the city with a local’s perspective to guide the way.

Location – Location – Location

  • Located in historic Fisherman's Wharf
  • Two blocks from the Cable Car turn-around
  • Two blocks to the "F" street car line – servicing the Financial District
  • Three blocks to Pier 39
  • Quarter mile to North Beach district

Special Rates for the Golden Gate Half Marathon
King or two double beds – $309 (up to 2 persons)

To make your reservations, just click on the link below:


Last day to reserve a room is September 29, 2015 or hotel sells out.

Hotel Tomo
1800 Sutter St., San Francisco, CA

Boutique Style in San Francisco: Kimpton's Hotel Tomo
San Francisco is known for its style and sophistication. So it takes an exceptional hotel to standout. Like the Hotel Tomo. With its sleek urban lines, distinctive design and prime location in San Francisco's centrally located Japantown, it's easy to see why the Hotel Tomo has an attraction all its own. Surrounded by the shops, boutiques, restaurants and festivals of this vibrant neighborhood, our San Francisco boutique hotel also puts you minutes from other top attractions like Union Square, the foodie-fave restaurants in Lower Pacific Heights and The Fillmore's jazz clubs. What should also be music to your ears are all the perk-filled extras we offer in our design-forward hotel. Pair it all with our spacious, artfully imagined accommodations and yes-we-can staff and you have the makings of the ultimate San Francisco stay.

Special Rates for the Golden Gate Half Marathon
King or two double beds – $289 (up to 2 persons)
Hosted evening wine reception and complimentary wi-fi throughout hotel.

To make your reservations, just click on the link below:

Last day to reserve a room is October 2, 2015 or hotel sells out.




Our 2015 Weekend Schedule:

Saturday, November 7th
10:00am - 6:00pm
RunSF Expo & Packet Pickup,
Herbst Pavilion, Fort Mason Center

Sunday, November 8th
7:00am - Half Marathon Start
8:00am - Festival Opens

8:15am - Strike Brewery & Barefoot Wine Garden Opens



Imagine a race where hope marks the finish line. Make it a reality when you join the St. Jude Heroes team for the Golden Gate Half Marathon. This is your opportunity to make your miles meaningful by fundraising while you train and thereby help St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital save the lives of children battling cancer and other deadly diseases. It’s your race, but it’s their victory!

As a St. Jude Hero, you will receive VIP benefits based upon the fundraising level you choose. Benefits may include, but are not limited to the following:

  • Complimentary Race Entry
  • Two-night Race Weekend Hotel Stay at Pier 2620 Fisherman’s Wharf
  • Convenient Race Day Parking
  • Access to the St. Jude VIP Finish Line Tent
  • Personal Fundraising Page
  • St. Jude Heroes Training Top and other Gear

Register today or contact us for more information.


Would you like to be a part of the fun and excitement? Not a runner?

Well, here’s your chance to team up with San Francisco’s top destination event that attracts thousands of runners from across the globe. You are what make this event a success. Hundreds of volunteers are needed to staff aid stations, assist with packet pick-up and support our runners at the start and finish.

All volunteers will receive an official t-shirt, custom water bottle and food. To volunteer & be a part of our Race Crew, please Sign Up Here!

If you would like to get your team or club involved, working on a community project or just have a question, email us at volunteer@projectsport.com


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