Overall Rating
Overall Rating (151 Reviews)
4.2
(151 Ratings)(151 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
The Golden Gate Half is more than just a 13.1-mile run through San Francisco. Rather, it is a spectacular journey through this stunning City by the Bay. The chance to run across the Golden Gate Bridge is an experience unlike any other, but it is far from the only breathtaking … MORE
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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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    sapphireblue1 FIRST-TIMER '19

    The course is very breathtaking and you get to run by Crissy Field, Fort Point, the Presidio hills and across the Golden Gate Bridge (without the tourists). I was a … MORE

    The course is very breathtaking and you get to run by Crissy Field, Fort Point, the Presidio hills and across the Golden Gate Bridge (without the tourists). I was a bit slower than usual since I had injured a muscle in the beginning, though the pain went away and I was still able to finish it (though I wish my time had been better)! I thought the race and the views you see were worth it though and would love to try it again. I liked the shirt designs for this year (though a short sleeve option for the half runners would’ve been good too) and the medals for both the half & 5K medal’s were very nicely designed as well. Running through the Presidio hills before the bridge didn’t bother me much, though I had hill training and might be challenging for other runners. I think it’s definitely worth trying at least once, the scenery was definitely worth it.

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    corbellashelby FIRST-TIMER '19

    A race for all to participate to get the best views of the bay. It's a great way to brag about how you did a half marathon on the famous … MORE

    A race for all to participate to get the best views of the bay. It’s a great way to brag about how you did a half marathon on the famous Golden Gate Bridge. The incline is minimal with most of the race being on paved ground. You will get some congestion on the way back on the Golden Gate Bridge as that lane is for bicyclists.

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    rascals2 REPEAT RUNNER '19

    LOVE this race! You can't beat the views, it is super well organized, fun people, fun event, gorgeous!!!!!! Any time you get a chance to run over the Golden Gate … MORE

    LOVE this race! You can’t beat the views, it is super well organized, fun people, fun event, gorgeous!!!!!! Any time you get a chance to run over the Golden Gate Bridge is really special. The t-shirts are great, and the medals, and the swag you can buy at the Expo, too.

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    Rdeloso REPEAT RUNNER '19

    Ran this HalfM for the 7th year in a row! Still mesmerized by the amazing scenery that I have to pinch myself and rub my eyes every single time! The … MORE

    Ran this HalfM for the 7th year in a row! Still mesmerized by the amazing scenery that I have to pinch myself and rub my eyes every single time! The organizers keep it simple and smooth! Registering one year ahead for $65 is such a great deal considering what you get in exchange- world class views, very friendly volunteers, gorgeous medals and a shirt I am actually proud to wear around town! A Band at the Finish Expo would be an awesome addition as long as it doesn’t increase the Reg. Fee! Course wise – the Flat areas are where you can speed up then the Hilly parts are where you walk… I felt very safe the entire race which is very important to me. Thank you GG Half – See you in 2020!!!

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    maureenraves REPEAT RUNNER '19

    Love the Golden Gate Half for the challenge, the fun and the scenery! It's definitely some climbing but, absolutely worth every step. I'm also not much of a fan of … MORE

    Love the Golden Gate Half for the challenge, the fun and the scenery! It’s definitely some climbing but, absolutely worth every step. I’m also not much of a fan of medals but, this year’s was really well done. A keeper for sure. Am mulling over running it a 6th time. The location is great, the parking not as bad as I expected. Good swag. And beer by SF Brewing is delicious!

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    Bill232 FIRST-TIMER '17

    Most beautiful half marathon course to date (in my opinion). The "expo" was nothing more than a few pop up tents, and no music and not a lot of cheering … MORE

    Most beautiful half marathon course to date (in my opinion). The “expo” was nothing more than a few pop up tents, and no music and not a lot of cheering along the route. The last 2 miles were difficult to follow the route since it went through a park and there were runners and bikers all over the place. Water along the route was plentiful – even for the back of the packers (such as me). But all in all, the scenery, and of course running across the GG Bridge was worth it all.

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    norawong FIRST-TIMER '17

    Course has some hilly challenges to get to the bridge but otherwise best course. The medal was absolute beautiful and huge and worth the run! MORE

    Course has some hilly challenges to get to the bridge but otherwise best course. The medal was absolute beautiful and huge and worth the run!

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    houseparty4 REPEAT RUNNER '17

    Amazing race, beautiful scenery, challenging hills make it a fantastic run. 2nd time running this and it never disappoints. I highly recommend this race, and the big ass medals are … MORE

    Amazing race, beautiful scenery, challenging hills make it a fantastic run. 2nd time running this and it never disappoints. I highly recommend this race, and the big ass medals are epic.

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    alyciaz REPEAT RUNNER '17

    Not a ton of restrooms at the start line and there were long lines. The expo prior to the race was not impressive. Wish there was a map of the … MORE

    Not a ton of restrooms at the start line and there were long lines. The expo prior to the race was not impressive. Wish there was a map of the course prior to race. Wish there were Gu’s At some of the water stations.

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