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Overall Rating (147 Reviews)
4.5
(147 Ratings)(147 Reviews)
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2021 EVENT WILL BE VIRTUAL ONLY, featuring AROUND THE BAY TRAINING CHALLENGE. *** The Kaiser Permanente San Francisco Half Marathon® is a runner’s favorite for its scenery and value. A fast and certified course through San Francisco’s scenic Golden Gate Park, the race has been selected as Road Race of … MORE
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    Angela REPEAT RUNNER '20

    I have been running this race on and off since 2010 and always had a great time. In the last few years a half marathon hasn't fit into my February … MORE

    I have been running this race on and off since 2010 and always had a great time. In the last few years a half marathon hasn’t fit into my February schedule so I was excited when they added the 10K option, which I’ve run the past two years. In my experience, KP has always been a great, well-run event with a scenic course, but this year the gear check was just a mess.

    I finished the 10K a little before 9am, walked through the finisher chute, got my medal and shirt, and headed to the gear check area. Long story short, there was no organization and no system. It wasn’t the volunteers’ fault at all; they were clearly all doing their best to get people their bags. The issue was that either a) there was not a system, b) the system was never communicated to the people who needed to know it, or c) the system was completely ignored by those in charge. And definitely, no system was ever communicated to runners trying to get their bags. I waited for over an hour, got yelled at by one woman who told me I needed to wait my turn in the line (what line??), and when I told her it had been an hour, she just kind of shrugged and said, “I don’t think they’re all here yet.” At this point I was starting to suffer from hypothermia (50F, wind, soaked-through running clothes) and ended up in the medical tent.

    Thanks to some wonderful race officials, I finally DID get my bag back–over two hours after I finished the race. So, yes, I will almost certainly run this race again, but I REALLY hope that they fix whatever happened with the gear check in 2020 because that freaking SUCKED.

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    patra.boo REPEAT RUNNER '20

    The 10k course is pretty flat and quick course. I‘m not a fast runner, but I was able to maintain a 10’50” average pace and ended up with a PR … MORE

    The 10k course is pretty flat and quick course. I‘m not a fast runner, but I was able to maintain a 10’50” average pace and ended up with a PR for a 10k. I’d highly recommend this course if anyone is thinking of running their first race.

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    lpfeiffer FIRST-TIMER '20

    Careful for strong winds along Ocean Beach, sand can blow into your eyes and face. Save your energy for those last 6 miles along the beach. Beautiful scenery in Golden … MORE

    Careful for strong winds along Ocean Beach, sand can blow into your eyes and face. Save your energy for those last 6 miles along the beach. Beautiful scenery in Golden Gate Park.

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    sdangelo1 FIRST-TIMER '20

    This road race is mostly in Golden Gate Park except for a 4 or so block out/back in the Haight. Some baby hills but mostly flat except the last mile … MORE

    This road race is mostly in Golden Gate Park except for a 4 or so block out/back in the Haight. Some baby hills but mostly flat except the last mile or so that is downhill (right past the buffalo green). I’d do it again maybe try the half.

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    edwardsaiz88 REPEAT RUNNER '20

    This has to be one of the most competitive half marathons in the country. In 2020, they featured 27 marathon olympic trail athletes. My time was 1:30, which normally is … MORE

    This has to be one of the most competitive half marathons in the country. In 2020, they featured 27 marathon olympic trail athletes. My time was 1:30, which normally is good for a top 50-100 finish in most big races, but my time was good enough for 257th. I enjoyed this as the competition always pushes me for faster times and it avoids the chances of running into “no mans land” the last miles of the race.
    Unfortunately, we got hit with a 30 mph headwind at the turnaround the last 3 miles, which slowed time everyone’s time. But nothing you can do about weather.
    The course is mainly through the beautiful Golden Gate Park in west of San Francisco. The greenery and beauty of the park was such a treat and joy to run through (i’m from the desert). A mild gradual hill for about a mile during mile 3, and other gradual ones early, but once you hit mile 7, you run flat parallel to the beach, then head back. The last half is probably the steepest climb. About 50 feet in a half mile.
    Bag check pick up was probably the weak spot; it took awhile to find my bag.
    Overall, I rate this race high for the beauty of the course and the insane amount of competitive runners. I hope to be back in 2021!

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    matthew.ranalletta REPEAT RUNNER '20

    - They mail you your bib if you sign up long enough in advance - The course is consistently on very wide roads, so crowding is not really an issue … MORE

    – They mail you your bib if you sign up long enough in advance
    – The course is consistently on very wide roads, so crowding is not really an issue
    – It’s net downhill so you can get a PR
    – The race t-shirts this year were better than ever

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    Jphan REPEAT RUNNER '20

    A favorite race of mine because the downhills are ample and make you feel like you're flying toward your next personal record. Golden Gate Park is also an iconic place … MORE

    A favorite race of mine because the downhills are ample and make you feel like you’re flying toward your next personal record. Golden Gate Park is also an iconic place to be in SF… and the finish is only a few steps away from Ocean Beach. I also feel that Kaiser’s race shirts are VERY COMFORTABLE and more form-fitting (vs. baggy, box-y tech shirts that are frequently given as race swag). A race definitely worth running.

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    carriedion REPEAT RUNNER '20

    I have run this race many times over the years and I love the course. But the post race experience was terrible this year. For some reason the post race … MORE

    I have run this race many times over the years and I love the course. But the post race experience was terrible this year. For some reason the post race Gear Pickup line when all the way to the finish line. Most of us had to wait 30 minutes or more to get our warm clothes. By the time I picked up my gear they were out of bananas. The other food options were pretty limited. The Keto Bar was terrible I threw it away after one bite. I was very disappointed with the post race experience. Hopefully next year will be better.

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    ecpetnurse FIRST-TIMER '20

    This is a wonderfully put on race, these organizers really know what they are doing. I love that they will mail you your bib, so helpful! Running along the ocean … MORE

    This is a wonderfully put on race, these organizers really know what they are doing. I love that they will mail you your bib, so helpful! Running along the ocean in SF is an amazing experience! Such beautiful scenery… when it’s not fogged in 🙂 This is a race that everyone should do.

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    wsiddiqi FIRST-TIMER '20

    This is a great race - Course is beautiful and flat - Well organized with lots of water spots, portable toilets - We get to train all of Jan, great … MORE

    This is a great race
    – Course is beautiful and flat
    – Well organized with lots of water spots, portable toilets
    – We get to train all of Jan, great weather to train in and get over the winter blues

    The only downside is the timing of this race. Its in early Feb so what that means is that you are at the mercy of the weather gods. Last year it was raining, this year it didn’t rain but the wind was blowing so the Great HIghway run was a bit challenging wrt wind & sand.

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    LizSydow REPEAT RUNNER '20

    The 5k portion was really nice though Golden Gate Park, around Stow Lake and out towards the beach. I like that it was a straight course versus a circular one. … MORE

    The 5k portion was really nice though Golden Gate Park, around Stow Lake and out towards the beach. I like that it was a straight course versus a circular one. The post-race expo was good and the exhibitors were also really good (I scored some great waters, a whole box of Gu gel, snacks and more) and I LOVE the medal so much, it’s probably my favorite medal so far.

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    chofmann REPEAT RUNNER '20

    Lots of aid and water stations along the beautiful Golden Gate park and Pacific Ocean. Loved the friendly volunteers and Kaiser Permanente staff. I would recommend this race to all … MORE

    Lots of aid and water stations along the beautiful Golden Gate park and Pacific Ocean. Loved the friendly volunteers and Kaiser Permanente staff. I would recommend this race to all runners of any running abilities. There is a race for everyone (half marathon, 10k and 5k) . Come and join 2021 Kaiser Permanente San Francisco race next February. I recommend it!

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    si405 FIRST-TIMER '20

    This is a great run that marred by not having any kind of corral management. The communication ahead of the event was excellent, the overall event itself was excellent with … MORE

    This is a great run that marred by not having any kind of corral management.
    The communication ahead of the event was excellent, the overall event itself was excellent with lots of volunteers (and porta-potties!). The start was a bit of a shambles with the half marathon and 10K starting at the same time and some really slow runners at the very front. I’m not fast but it was painful trying to run with the 9:15 pace guy when many of the people in front were much slower. For an event of this size (3800 in the half marathon alone!) there needs to be some ordering of runners by pace, like the Hot Chocolate 15K that was here a few weeks ago or the Monterey half.

    Great scenery though and a fun run.

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    frankhwu REPEAT RUNNER '20

    This is a race I have to run. It was my first half marathon six years ago. The starting point is a mile from my house. For San Francisco, this … MORE

    This is a race I have to run. It was my first half marathon six years ago. The starting point is a mile from my house. For San Francisco, this route is about as flat as you’ll find: Golden Gate Park; along the Panhandle; down the Pacific Coast Highway with Ocean Beach right there.

    It was enjoyable. But there was an issue that has not arisen the past five years, not that I recall. The wind was fierce. Beach sand was being blown with such force, it was as if you were receiving an exfoliation treatment. I put on my jacket, which I had taken off much earlier; I’ve never done that before. People without sunglasses had to cover their eyes. The birds were even having difficulty. Some took off and despite working their wings went nowhere. A few flew inland, away from food, but coasting on the current. I don’t know if this was an anomaly or a sign of extreme weather that will be our permanent future. I’m guessing everyone was affected. My time was not impressive. But it wasn’t bad, compared to my relative finish in a typical race (top of the bottom quarter).

    At the end, I sprinted. I was fast enough the announcer called out, “Look at that Frank Wu go!”

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    Fragileflower12 FIRST-TIMER '19

    Love running through Golden Gate park in San Francisco. Starts within the park but by mile 2 you’re into the city streets before circling back to mile 7 or so … MORE

    Love running through Golden Gate park in San Francisco. Starts within the park but by mile 2 you’re into the city streets before circling back to mile 7 or so and then it’s on the loooooong stretch by ocean beach. It’s beautiful to see the ocean and beach but the wind and weather can be bad this time of year. Parking wasn’t a problem. Great finish line announcer! Not a fan of their shirts though. Good medal. Would appreciate the AS people staying at their stations for ya back of the packers. Not to mention the finish line food/merchandise area!!

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    lvjumper15 REPEAT RUNNER '19

    I've lost count of how many half-marathons I've run. I took a break for a lot of reasons for almost two years. I came back to running with this race … MORE

    I’ve lost count of how many half-marathons I’ve run. I took a break for a lot of reasons for almost two years. I came back to running with this race as it’s relatively predictable. Had some rain during the race, but overall it was great and helped me gauge how unfit I really am!! Hehe…here’s to more training for the next one! I will always try to run this as the “anchor” of running season.

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    M_Sohaskey Mar 19, 2019 at 8:59pm

    Welcome back to racing, Fidi! Luckily the sport is always here and ready when you are 😉. Thanks for your reviews, and hope the KP SF Half is the start… MORE

    Welcome back to racing, Fidi! Luckily the sport is always here and ready when you are 😉. Thanks for your reviews, and hope the KP SF Half is the start of an excellent running year for you! LESS

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    lvjumper15 FIRST-TIMER '17

    Great half for first-time half-marathoners. Part of the last few miles is a "there and back", where one sees folks almost done while one still has miles to go. Don't … MORE

    Great half for first-time half-marathoners. Part of the last few miles is a “there and back”, where one sees folks almost done while one still has miles to go. Don’t let it get to you!

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    philld2 REPEAT RUNNER '19

    This is a good fast course, due to some middle downhill miles that allow for some recovery prior to getting out on the Great Hwy. You get your bib mailed … MORE

    This is a good fast course, due to some middle downhill miles that allow for some recovery prior to getting out on the Great Hwy. You get your bib mailed to you so no packet pickup needed, though you can pick up your bib on race morning as well. Well organized bag check. I wasn’t a big fan of the new 10k course interspersed with the half marathon. It made so the half marathoners came upon slower 10k runners at various points during the first 6 miles. It would have been better to keep them all together until the 10k runners split off for good. Great to get mylar blankets at the finish. The shirts this year were some kind of cotton blend and were quite cheap looking (plus a very blah grey color) but typically the shirts are pretty good.
    Overall, a great early season race.

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    M_Sohaskey Mar 19, 2019 at 8:43pm

    Ah, how awesome is having your bib number mailed to you?? And being able to run thru Golden Gate Park ain't bad either. I know this year's race had some… MORE

    Ah, how awesome is having your bib number mailed to you?? And being able to run thru Golden Gate Park ain't bad either. I know this year's race had some tough weather to deal with, so congrats on toughing that out and thanks for another thoughtful review, Debbie! LESS

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    melp1971 REPEAT RUNNER '19

    This is great way to start SuperBowl Sunday, having run this multiple times I know weather can be unpredictable from a complete washout to 70 degrees. This year conditions were … MORE

    This is great way to start SuperBowl Sunday, having run this multiple times I know weather can be unpredictable from a complete washout to 70 degrees. This year conditions were pretty good, considering the stormy weather in the run up to the race and it only started raining on me at mile 12.
    Signup and organization of the race is pretty simple, I always have my bib mailed, thanks for continuing to do that so I don’t have to go pick up the day before or morning of. There are lots of options for getting to the start of the race despite SFs limited transportation. This is a great fast course, the last 3 miles are a little torturous, only made better by seeing all the others on the other side of great highway that are behind you. I have run a PB on this course (not this year though). The only improvement I would suggest is to include pacers,I did see one pace that seemed to be with a running club, having pacers makes it so much easier for people like me that are crap at self pacing, looking forward to next year.

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    LeslieLerner REPEAT RUNNER '19

    I have done this race for the past several years on Superbowl Sunday. It is a great way to start a day that will likely end with eating too much … MORE

    I have done this race for the past several years on Superbowl Sunday. It is a great way to start a day that will likely end with eating too much in front of the T.V. I have found that the race has a great mix of runners with various abilities. There are very good runners, but also those who are out to try a new experience and get fit. Since it is put on by Kaiser Permanente, I am confident that if I have an injury or serious medical condition they would know what to do. Pamakids is also a sponsor and it is a very organized race! I love the long sleeve high quality t-shirt given to all participants. This race is a great event and I look forward to it every year!

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