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Overall Rating (176 Reviews)
4.3
(176 Ratings)  (176 Reviews)
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Let’s come together to celebrate 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 San Francisco Bay and … MORE
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    chyavanphadke FIRST-TIMER '23

    This is an amazingly beautiful course, The Start was a bit later than planned. Overall, it was an excellent marathon, a Great View of SF from the Golden Gate Bridge, … MORE

    This is an amazingly beautiful course, The Start was a bit later than planned. Overall, it was an excellent marathon, a Great View of SF from the Golden Gate Bridge, and it was very well managed, Water and supplements were provided every few miles. Give this marathon a try, you won’t regret it!

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    sjspower REPEAT RUNNER '23

    The Golden Gate Half Marathon always shows me a scenic and exhilarating race experience. The iconic route showcases breathtaking views of the Golden Gate Bridge and San Francisco Bay. Well-organized … MORE

    The Golden Gate Half Marathon always shows me a scenic and exhilarating race experience. The iconic route showcases breathtaking views of the Golden Gate Bridge and San Francisco Bay. Well-organized with ample aid stations and enthusiastic volunteers, the event caters to both seasoned runners. The challenging course adds an extra layer of accomplishment, making it a memorable race for participants. The hilly terrain might pose a challenge for some, but can overcome. Overall, a must-try for those seeking a rewarding and picturesque race.

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    Obviously with the location in SF - there’s hills! So plan and train for hills. The race was well organized, and the merch was great ! Post run events were … MORE

    Obviously with the location in SF – there’s hills! So plan and train for hills. The race was well organized, and the merch was great !
    Post run events were good too, and lots of hydration on the course and post race!

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    bekkijean FIRST-TIMER '23

    Totally worth the trip! Was a bucket list half marathon for years and finally made it happen. I was too busy checking out the sites to remember I was running! … MORE

    Totally worth the trip! Was a bucket list half marathon for years and finally made it happen. I was too busy checking out the sites to remember I was running! Loved it all!

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    [email protected] REPEAT RUNNER '23

    Very organized running race in San Francisco, CA! Friendly volunteers, almost no lines. A lot of toilets! it’s important. I enjoyed the view and weather. P.S. Use public transportation or … MORE

    Very organized running race in San Francisco, CA! Friendly volunteers, almost no lines. A lot of toilets! it’s important. I enjoyed the view and weather.
    P.S. Use public transportation or be prepared to pay up to $35 for parking

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    jlrjae REPEAT RUNNER '23

    The Golden Gate Half Marathon offers some of the best scenery of any race out there, in my opinion. It's hard to top a race that starts you along the … MORE

    The Golden Gate Half Marathon offers some of the best scenery of any race out there, in my opinion. It’s hard to top a race that starts you along the shores of the San Francisco Bay and then takes you back and forth across the iconic bridge. The best part of the race for me was after crossing the bridge on the first pass you get to book it down a trail and come up under the bridge to cross over on the other other side. The view from this part of the course is incredible!
    Yes, there are hills. Three, as best as I can recall. It is San Francisco, after all.
    Scenery aside, I thought the race was well organized. The only area for improvement I’d offer is that they have pace groups set up at the start line, but once the rolling start gets going there were no pacers to be found. I found this to be a bit confusing.
    I’ve done this race 2 years in a row now and hope to keep it an annual tradition!

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    mojolobo83 FIRST-TIMER '23

    Easy packet pickup. Nice weather. Easy to get to start. Not for the faint of heart if you are trying to race, there be hills a plenty! A great course … MORE

    Easy packet pickup. Nice weather. Easy to get to start.

    Not for the faint of heart if you are trying to race, there be hills a plenty!

    A great course if you are learning on how to conserve your energy for the first half of a marathon. This course starts you going up hill, then packed in like a sardine until after mile 2. The road finally opens up right before you start the incline going up to the bridge. Once on the bridge, not much room so have to pick your points when trying to move past runners. Slight downhill on a narrow dirt path under the bridge after mile 6. Then back uphill on the other side to run back across the bridge. Downhill at mile 9 before going flat until you reach mile 12. Uphill until the last 40m, which is a quick downhill and turn to the right for the Finish line.

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    careyj FIRST-TIMER '22

    In a nutshell you run across the Golden Gate and back. Oh, and there are some hills you run up and down on either side. It can be a bit … MORE

    In a nutshell you run across the Golden Gate and back. Oh, and there are some hills you run up and down on either side. It can be a bit intimidating seeing where you are at sea level vs. Where the bridge is on the approach. You run up a hill through the Presidio and across. On the other side you go down hill and then quickly back up. After getting across the bridge’s arc the last 4 miles or so are largely downhill or flat, which is nice.

    There is a fairly steep hill at the end for all you full send into the finish line types. It probably goes without saying but the scenery is quite good

    Race logistics/swag were pretty good. The half has 4 waves. It would have been better if they had signage with expected paces. People kind of self organized and things were a bit tangled at the beginning. If you want the included post-race beer you need to have a photo ID on you, no matter how old you look. Cool medal with spinning bridge pillar this year.

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    rosalie.at FIRST-TIMER '22

    The race was very organized. Mile markers are visible. Route is not confusing. They have water stations. Photographers also have capture good pictures. There is also drinks and snacks after … MORE

    The race was very organized. Mile markers are visible. Route is not confusing. They have water stations. Photographers also have capture good pictures. There is also drinks and snacks after the finish line. The best of all, the VIEWS! WOWWWW! It’s so beautiful wherever mile I was.

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    alexander69 FIRST-TIMER '22

    My first experience I liked everything as there is a lot of support from the event and the people, I have hydration stations but the best of all is the … MORE

    My first experience I liked everything as there is a lot of support from the event and the people, I have hydration stations but the best of all is the view of the bridge it is wonderful to run on it and see how wonderful the sea is, the landscape and see many people participating encourages you to keep running

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    gsmasumoto FIRST-TIMER '22

    I always like to run over bridges and if you can't be in New York, the Golden Gate Half is the great bucket list race to run across this iconic … MORE

    I always like to run over bridges and if you can’t be in New York, the Golden Gate Half is the great bucket list race to run across this iconic bridge. My expectations were met at this race from the hilly start around Ghirardelli Square to viewing the Golden Gate Bridge in the morning sun before reaching it and running across while viewing the city, hills and Alcatraz Island. After reaching the end of the bridge, you run down a trail and go under the bridge to the other side to make the return trip across. There are definitely a few hills on this run (we are in San Francisco) but nothing that bad. After making your way back, you run on some wide trails at Crissy Field before heading back to the finish at Ghirardelli Square. It was nice that the beer garden was at the San Francisco Brewing Co at Ghirardelli Square albeit rather crowded. I was able to get some souvenirs at Ghirardelli Chocolate to bring home too. All in all, a really great experience that I would definitely do again as there are so many thing to do and see while in San Francisco.

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    joannie72 FIRST-TIMER '22

    It was a great experience for a first time half marathon runner. Exciting and lovely view. Very organized race as everything went smoothly from start to finish and it was … MORE

    It was a great experience for a first time half marathon runner. Exciting and lovely view. Very organized race as everything went smoothly from start to finish and it was an experience that I would want to do more….

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    alyssa.mitchel FIRST-TIMER '22

    This race was hands down my favorite race of all time! From the fun and organized Expo with such cool race gear/swag to the STUNNING views to the timeliness (they … MORE

    This race was hands down my favorite race of all time! From the fun and organized Expo with such cool race gear/swag to the STUNNING views to the timeliness (they ACTUALLY started right at 6:50am on the dot!), everything was perfect (even the weather). I wound up setting a new half marathon PR. I can’t wait to return next year.

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    Praphul REPEAT RUNNER '22

    This is a must do marathon if you're in the Bay! I loved the enthusiasm, energy, crowd and the way it was organized. Will do it again next year 100% MORE

    This is a must do marathon if you’re in the Bay!
    I loved the enthusiasm, energy, crowd and the way it was organized.
    Will do it again next year 100%

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    tianxu0836 FIRST-TIMER '22

    Make sure you arrive there very early, otherwise no way to park! It took me 35mins to find a parking far away, and I had to run 17mins to the … MORE

    Make sure you arrive there very early, otherwise no way to park!
    It took me 35mins to find a parking far away, and I had to run 17mins to the start line, the race was already started for 25mins…

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    RRWAEB83 FIRST-TIMER '22

    All I can say is WOW. Miles 1-9 were phenomenal, with views of the bridge, the skyline, amazing support, and epic running across the bridge. The only concerns I had … MORE

    All I can say is WOW. Miles 1-9 were phenomenal, with views of the bridge, the skyline, amazing support, and epic running across the bridge. The only concerns I had were NOT ENOUGH PORTAPOTTIES. I was five minutes late starting the race because I waited 20 minutes to go to the bathroom. I also wish the shirt were moisture wicking and not cotton but those are my only two critiques. This is THE RACE to run. I’ll definitely be back!!

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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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