Golden Gate Half

Golden Gate Half Marathon


** Important: we are dedicated to making this the best event to date. This includes getting all runners in and out of the site in timely and ensuring a smooth start. ALL runners (including both Half marathon and 5K runners) are required to pick up their race packet at the Expo on Saturday, November 4, 2017. Should you not be able to attend to expo or have a friend pick it up on your behalf, you MUST select the additional Race Day packet pick up option in you Active account. NO EXCEPTION.**

Saturday, November 4th, 2017
Golden Gate Half Expo & Packet Pickup – 2017 Expo location TBC

More info on the Golden Gate Half Expo here

Sunday, November 5th, 2017
Start Location – Aquatic Park Waterfront

Finish Location – Marina Green

Half Marathon Start – 7:00am

Festival Begins – 8:10am


The Golden Gate Half is a participant’s race- we strive to deliver a memorable experience. In addition to our Gorgeous course showcasing the San Francisco Bay and waterfront, Crissy Field, the Presidio, and of course the Golden Gate Bridge, each runner will receive:

Signature Medals: and we mean serious BLING!

  • Commemorative, reusable Water Bottle
  • 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!



USATF-certified course

What sets the Golden Gate Half apart from other races? The opportunity for runners to experience one of the world’s most illustrious cities.

For longtime locals and first-time visitors alike, this course provides an extraordinary look at San Francisco. The City’s eminent history, cosmopolitan elegance and stunning natural beauty are on full display as Golden Gate Half participants weave their way through 13.1 miles of it.

Mile 0-1.5: Aquatic Park, Fort Mason and the Marina

The Golden Gate Half course commences with a short climb unfolding onto the perimeter of upper Fort Mason. Next, participants steadily descend into the Marina. Its magnificence is evident as runners move past imposing waterfront homes to their left and the Marina Green to their right. Beyond lie the blue waters of the Bay flecked with white boat sails.

ggh_2016_map2016 Golden Gate Half – Course and Elevation

Mile 1.5-5.5: Crissy Field and the Presidio

The next three miles of the Golden Gate Half bring participants to scenic Crissy Field. They pass first through its restored tidal marsh, renown for its spectacular bird watching, and then cross into the eponymous field. Just beyond Crissy Field stands the iconic Warming Hut, a local institution since 1909.

The course continues into the Presidio proper with another brief incline, which momentarily obscures the Golden Gate Bridge from clear view. Instead, runners can gaze upon Crissy Field in the forefront and both the Marina and downtown San Francisco in the background. A return descent toward the field finally leads participants on a gradual climb to the Golden Gate Bridge.

Mile 5.5-9: Golden Gate Bridge

As runners complete the first third of the Golden Gate Half, they make their way to the namesake landmark. Traveling north across the Golden Gate Bridge’s eastern walkway, participants can behold the City’s iconic skyline, Treasure Island, Alcatraz, Angel Island, Belvedere Tiburon and the greater East Bay. As they near the northern endpoint of the bridge, they can view Fort Baker and the Marin Headlands before exiting for Vista Point.

Back on land, they run along the periphery of this picturesque outlook that leads into a trail beneath the Golden Gate Bridge. Runners then ascend back to the towering structure and return southward to the City via its western walkway. During this leg of the race, participants can take in the majestic Pacific Ocean bordered by the Marin Headlands, Baker Beach and Lands End.

Mile 9-12: Golden Gate Promenade

After disembarking the bridge for the final time, runners head to the Coastal Trail. This pathway takes them through a progressive descent from Battery East Trail, a part of the Golden Gate Promenade, to Fort Point. Here participants can enjoy a unique underside perspective of the bridge one last time before departing the Presidio via the beachside of Crissy Field into the final stretch of the race.

Mile 12-13.1: Marina to Fort Mason

The last mile of the Golden Gate Half returns runners to where their journey began! They travel a paved trail beside Marina Boulevard and then proceed once more to Marina Green. As they take those last celebratory strides toward the finish line, participants can glimpse for a final time the glorious Golden Gate Bridge, beautiful Marina, notable Pacific Heights and bustling Russian Hill.

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.


  • 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.
  • 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.
  • Medals and/or shirts will not be mailed out.
  • No bikes, in-line skates, skateboards, baby joggers or dogs will be allowed on the course.


If you are already registered for the event, you may transfer or upgrade from one category to the other, AS LONG AS THERE IS STILL SPACE AVAILABLE in the race in which you want to transfer.

Upgrading from the 5K to the Half Marathon

  • Transfers from the 5K to the Half Marathon are NOT guaranteed.
  • Email us at to request your race transfer
  • NOTE: there will be a charge covering the difference between your initial payment and the currant half marathon price.

Downgrading from the Half to the 5K.

  • Transfers from the Half Marathon to the 5k NOT guaranteed and must be submitted prior to the event.
  • Email us at to request your race transfer. There is a $15 administration fee. We are carefully monitoring all transfers in order to ensure the quality of our event.
  • Your bib will not reflect the change but the timing chip will be updated.


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 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.


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.


“Awesome, worth every min of my 36h trip! Fantastic city with a fantastic view! My friends asked my choice, Rio de Janeiro or Golden Gate and today i must answer “Golden Gate Half Marathon”. Daniel from São José dos Campos, Brazil

“I truly enjoyed this race. I entered it as part of the three race Golden Gate Half series. This was my third stop on the journey.” K2ayers

“ It worths 18 hours travel. I’ve never been so excited at the end of a race! And running on the golden gate bridge is the best way to enjoy it!” @mezzasanfrancisco from Italy.

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