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Overall Rating (160 Reviews)
4.3
(160 Ratings)  (160 Reviews)
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3.6
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4.8
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3.8
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3.8
Let’s come together to celebrate the 20th edition of the Golden Gate Half Marathon & 5K and all that we run for. From your personal race moments to everything that makes the Bay Area running community so special. Perfect Fall weather and incredible views of the Golden Gate Bridge, the … MORE
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    becksycan FIRST-TIMER '21

    You really can’t beat the view. It’s a dream to run over the bridge. A half is the perfect distance for this race. It’s a race I will definitely participate … MORE

    You really can’t beat the view. It’s a dream to run over the bridge.
    A half is the perfect distance for this race. It’s a race I will definitely participate in again.

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    anaumoski80 FIRST-TIMER '21

    My bucket list race ✔️. This race was great . I really enjoyed running golden gate Brige n the view was great . I hope I’ll run again n improve MORE

    My bucket list race ✔️. This race was great . I really enjoyed running golden gate Brige n the view was great . I hope I’ll run again n improve my performance 😁

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    jaclyndelamar REPEAT RUNNER '21

    This race was my intro back into racing after Covid, and I am glad it was. The scenery was beautiful (could see the Golden Gate the entire time), and the … MORE

    This race was my intro back into racing after Covid, and I am glad it was. The scenery was beautiful (could see the Golden Gate the entire time), and the energy from the event was amazing. The course was straight forward and easy to navigate. There was one gel station, and I wish there was just one more.. I am a very slow runners, so I was most impressed by the fact that their were people still cheering and announcing at the end of the race (that not always a given for the slower people) and I really appreciated that at the end of 13.1 miles. The beer garden was also still open for the slower runners, which was great. Overall, I loved this race and I hope to run it again next year.

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    zmarshall FIRST-TIMER '21

    After the past year of running on my own and racing virtually I was so ready for an in-person race and the Golden Gate Half Marathon did not disappoint! It … MORE

    After the past year of running on my own and racing virtually I was so ready for an in-person race and the Golden Gate Half Marathon did not disappoint! It was a beautiful smooth course that had incredible views. The participants and the crowds were supportive and fun. Will definitely be running again!

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    nitashawitt FIRST-TIMER '21

    Timing and location well described and race started off pretty well. Great scenery, saw some friends and good motivation from other runners and friends MORE

    Timing and location well described and race started off pretty well. Great scenery, saw some friends and good motivation from other runners and friends

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    chan172001 REPEAT RUNNER '21

    This race is so beautiful and is very well organized. I really enjoyed the Lemonade option. It was great to alternate between that and water. I just gotta train better … MORE

    This race is so beautiful and is very well organized. I really enjoyed the Lemonade option. It was great to alternate between that and water. I just gotta train better on hills so I can have a better pace time!! Slowest race I have ever done but the MOST fun I have ever had!

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    sdangelo1 FIRST-TIMER '21

    The hills are no joke, especially the one in the Marin headlands. I highly recommend you train for them, including the baby hill at the end. Beautiful course: a definite … MORE

    The hills are no joke, especially the one in the Marin headlands. I highly recommend you train for them, including the baby hill at the end. Beautiful course: a definite bucket list race with the course working its way through some of the most iconic (and safe) parts of San Francisco. Folks are friendly, energy is great and the scenery is amazing. Good luck!

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    melissasims3 FIRST-TIMER '21

    This was a challenging course due to the hills. Scenery was great. If you are thinking of doing this race - be sure to incorporate hills into your training. This … MORE

    This was a challenging course due to the hills. Scenery was great. If you are thinking of doing this race – be sure to incorporate hills into your training. This was my first post-pandemic half marathon, so I was happy to finish after a so-so training cycle and a few extra pandemic pounds ;-).

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    noahgiddens02 FIRST-TIMER '21

    The race is mostly hills but never anything too steep. It's an amazing race for any skill level and the location has amazing views! There's also affordable hotels within walking … MORE

    The race is mostly hills but never anything too steep. It’s an amazing race for any skill level and the location has amazing views! There’s also affordable hotels within walking distance of the start line making it easy to travel to and from!

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    erobin3383 FIRST-TIMER '19

    Uphill start can be challenging, and starting corrals seemed disorganized and crowded. Not sure if they planned on the level of participation. Race starts with the 5k, which then veers … MORE

    Uphill start can be challenging, and starting corrals seemed disorganized and crowded. Not sure if they planned on the level of participation. Race starts with the 5k, which then veers off. Part of the race is dirt/gravel trail, and is a fairly steep downhill. Running across the Golden Gate Bridge was an amazing experience though!

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    TheFunkyBass FIRST-TIMER '19

    Since the San Francisco 1st Half Marathon doesn't cross the bridge anymore, this race is your chance to run across the Golden Gate Bridge! Running across the bridge is exactly … MORE

    Since the San Francisco 1st Half Marathon doesn’t cross the bridge anymore, this race is your chance to run across the Golden Gate Bridge! Running across the bridge is exactly as cool as you think it is. The course was generally surprisingly hilly but doable (the elevation chart on the homepage is totally off btw). The views were amazing, especially from the Northern side of the bridge. Be aware that there is some hilly gravel trail running happening when crossing under the bridge.

    There are only 5 aid stations on the entire half marathon, so don’t miss any of them! For the amount of runners (around 4000) the aid stations were a bit small though and you had to scramble to get some water if you happen to be in a crowd.

    Even though I liked the course, the general race organization was really bad. There were not nearly enough porta potties at the starting area and the lines were still long when the race started. Also, there was no control about which runner goes in which start wave so a lot of really slow runners ended up in the first two waves.

    What bugged me the most is that in the finish area you were only handed one (!) 0.5l bottle of water and the volunteers refused to give me a second one. There are also no other water stations at the finish line (I asked a couple of volunteers). Luckily I had some water in my car but not providing hydration to the runners is not okay for a $130 race.

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    VinVJO FIRST-TIMER '19

    There are a lot of runners in this race! It had the most participants of the 5 or so races I've done this year, probably close to 10K! I did … MORE

    There are a lot of runners in this race! It had the most participants of the 5 or so races I’ve done this year, probably close to 10K! I did the 5K portion of it, and you don’t get to run on the bridge, but you get a view of it from Marina Blvd. More water availability would have been nice, before the race for me. Plus the ding you if you pick up your packet the same day. Parking was available on the street as well BTW. It wasn’t an easy run, but it wasn’t hard, just work, and I felt good after! The finish is a pleasant surprise BTW!

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    ceberce FIRST-TIMER '19

    It was my first race, so don't have a baseline to compare with, but: 1) I didn't like that same day bib pick up was +$25, so had to go … MORE

    It was my first race, so don’t have a baseline to compare with, but:

    1) I didn’t like that same day bib pick up was +$25, so had to go to the city 2 times – on Saturday and Sunday.

    2) Swag included only a t-shirt (short sleeve for 5K runners and long sleeve one for half-marathon runners). The shirt is nice.

    3) I underestimated my speed (was expecting to run slower because of the hills on the course) and started with 7th or 8th wave that was supposed to run the whole distance in 2h 15 min or so. I was faster than some of the runners in the wave and had to pass them which was a little bit tricky on the golden gate – a lot of slow runners were not moving to the right side of the sidewalk so I had to zigzag all the time. But that’s my own fault so won’t complain too much.

    4) The views are well worth running. I wasn’t listening to any music while running – I was just enjoying the views and wasn’t bored at all.

    5) There were enough water/aid stations, energy gels were also provided at mile 4 and 8. I usually need some energy boost around mile 6, so I took a gel with me while passing the 4th mile and then ate it when reaching mile 6

    Overall I enjoyed the race but looking for more other half marathons to compare with this one.

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    roojuta99 FIRST-TIMER '19

    It was really chilly in the morning - obviously SF weather. Because of Day light saving time change, we did not have to run in the dark ;) There were … MORE

    It was really chilly in the morning – obviously SF weather. Because of Day light saving time change, we did not have to run in the dark 😉
    There were water stations @ 5 different places in the race ( which was enough ). honey stinger supply was limited and only available @ 2 of these stations – which was enough.
    Post race festivities were not that great.
    Atmosphere was very quiet. I only saw few people in last 0.5 mile cheering the runners. I wont lie, it was quiet encouraging as I was tired by then. Lot of elevation @ 4 miles and ~7 miles marker. Made it quiet challenging for newbies like me.

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    maannelim FIRST-TIMER '19

    My confusions: 1.They mentioned a tote bag on the website. None of them knows about it. At least four people we asked had no idea and I even showed the … MORE

    My confusions:
    1.They mentioned a tote bag on the website. None of them knows about it. At least four people we asked had no idea and I even showed the website itself.
    2.They give the wrist band for the beer that was supposed to be ‘after the race’ on the day before it. I suggest next time just give the wristbands and let the participants wear it themselves on the race day. I was thinking, are they expecting the participants to not shower whatsoever on the day before or even in the morning? It just doesn’t make sense to me.
    3.The website also said the photos will be posted 24-48 hours after the race. It wasn’t.

    Easy to pick up the bib. Easy to pick up the t-shirt. Two different tents but it’s side by side. Just needed to show the QR Code and not even a minute you’re done picking it all up. There are a lot of volunteers in the beginning of the route. But as you move along, there are miles where no people can cheer you on. Hey, they’re volunteers so I thank you all. Little suggestion from a newbie like me, spread them out wisely. Especially on the miles where a lot of the participants are completely exhausted already.

    There are two long uphill that my husband even stopped (I didn’t but I was really slow). I remember the first one was in between 3miles to 5K (before and after that too). It’s a mixture of pavement, sand, and gravel all throughout.

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    chloe.gaillot FIRST-TIMER '19

    The scene for this race is amazing. Running the bridge early morning is such a magical moment. A lot of hills, a challenging race. The volunteer has been awesome. There … MORE

    The scene for this race is amazing. Running the bridge early morning is such a magical moment. A lot of hills, a challenging race.
    The volunteer has been awesome. There are water break during the run and a lot of bathroom. I strongly recommend this run. One of the most challenging and beautiful one for me and for now.

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    meljaq FIRST-TIMER '19

    Gear check is in the AM and is really congested. Bring your own bag and check for shorter lines to speed things up. May need to hop fence to get … MORE

    Gear check is in the AM and is really congested. Bring your own bag and check for shorter lines to speed things up. May need to hop fence to get into corral since they were closed but no race coordinators to assist. Once on the course, the race was beautiful, aid stations were helpful and evenly spaced, and easy to navigate around people.

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    mehlman.edouard REPEAT RUNNER '19

    I LOVED this race! You have gorgeous views of the bridge, the bay and sf, with usually wonderful weather, it is very well organized, and the community is great! The … MORE

    I LOVED this race! You have gorgeous views of the bridge, the bay and sf, with usually wonderful weather, it is very well organized, and the community is great!
    The Golden Gate Bridge is really a special race. The t-shirts are great, the medals, and the swag you can buy at the Expo, too.

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    mlimv71 FIRST-TIMER '19

    Wonderful race experience, beautiful course, beautiful scenery, awesome set up . Love my shirt and the medal is awesome . This really got me so motivated to continue to do … MORE

    Wonderful race experience, beautiful course, beautiful scenery, awesome set up . Love my shirt and the medal is awesome . This really got me so motivated to continue to do this. This is going on my must do list.

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    cholm08 FIRST-TIMER '19

    Definitely some killer hills right out of the gate, so prepare yourself. Varied terrain- paved, gravel, sand, all of it. Packet pick up was a little sketchy and weak- literally … MORE

    Definitely some killer hills right out of the gate, so prepare yourself. Varied terrain- paved, gravel, sand, all of it. Packet pick up was a little sketchy and weak- literally only our shirt and bib #- no maps or samples at all. Volunteers were amazing! Pretty amazing for my first official half. Highly recommended!

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