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Overall Rating (133 Reviews)
4.5
(133 Ratings)(133 Reviews)
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The Kaiser Permanente San Francisco Half Marathon® is a runners’ 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 the Year by the Road Runners Club of America several times. The 5K … MORE
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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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    ski5 FIRST-TIMER '19

    It gets quite crowded near the start line so make sure you have enough space if you are a faster runner. Even if it's cold in the morning, don't wear … MORE

    It gets quite crowded near the start line so make sure you have enough space if you are a faster runner.
    Even if it’s cold in the morning, don’t wear too many layers, you will eventually warm up

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    noneleft FIRST-TIMER '19

    First time running the Kaiser half marathon, but this is my 35th half marathon. This event also has a 5k and 10k. The first 6.5 miles of the half course … MORE

    First time running the Kaiser half marathon, but this is my 35th half marathon. This event also has a 5k and 10k. The first 6.5 miles of the half course weaves through Golden Gate Park. Around mile seven, you head out onto The Great Highway which runs along the Ocean Beach/Pacific Ocean. In previous years, the weather has been nice. This year, it was not. The turn around at was at mile 10. There was a huge head wind and it was raining. The rain felt like stinging needles. On the way back, the wind lessened some until mile 12 when it kicked up again. Of course, this is not the fault of the race organization, but I wanted to let a potential runners know that the weather can be awful. This did impact my time. When I was walking back to the car, there were still runners out there that had been moved to the sidewalk, so the Highway could be reopened. At that time, the wind had really kicked up. Some were having a tough time. Although, this race is fairly flat, this was probably my hardest race weather wise. The wind was a struggle for me. With a half mile to go you make a right and head away from the ocean and the wind died down some. The last half mile is uphill, but it was nice after dealing with the wind on The Great Highway.
    On the positive side, the shuttling to the start line was easy and convenient. Park at Ocean Beach and walk to the buses and it’s about a 10 minute ride. The bus fee is included in your entry. There were ample aid stations with water and Nuun, so I was able to get refills on my handheld water bottle.
    At the finish line, The announce, Tony, was great. He was so enthusiastic about all the runners. When I came across the finish line, he had all the spectators chanting my name. It was so much fun. Tony needs to be invited back to be the announcer next year. Also,if you sign up earlier enough, your bib will be mailed to you.
    There was water and bananas at the end. I finished in 2:45:00 and there were still snacks available. Although, my friend finished a half hour after I did and well within the time limit, they had run out of water and bananas. a lot of the vendors were packing up, too.
    We got our shirts after the race. It was a long sleeve that was soft. It seemed to be techie, but it was super thin. It’s not something that you can wear out and about.
    The medal was nice. It can stand and has a movable bird. I liked it.
    I think this race would be great if the weather was nicer, but with the uncertainty of the weather. I’m not sure I will run again.

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    M_Sohaskey Feb 18, 2019 at 10:12pm

    Way to dig deep and stay the course, Barbara! Hard rain is bad, wind is tough, but rain and wind together is just the worst. On the other hand, you… MORE

    Way to dig deep and stay the course, Barbara! Hard rain is bad, wind is tough, but rain and wind together is just the worst. On the other hand, you had to feel (deservedly) like a total badass when you crossed that finish 👏. Congrats on pushing through, and thanks for another thoughtful review — can you believe you're at 35 halfs already?? Time flies when you've having fun! LESS

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    [email protected] REPEAT RUNNER '19

    I enjoy running the Kaiser Half marathon every year. This beautiful course takes your through Golden Gate Park, around the Pan Handle and down the Great Highway. I highly recommend … MORE

    I enjoy running the Kaiser Half marathon every year. This beautiful course takes your through Golden Gate Park, around the Pan Handle and down the Great Highway. I highly recommend this race to all. There are tons of fans and aid stations along the way and fun post race festivities!

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    fanniff REPEAT RUNNER '19

    I have done the Kaiser Half Marathon 5 or 6 times now, and it is always a great race. It is a relatively flat course (for SF) and it is … MORE

    I have done the Kaiser Half Marathon 5 or 6 times now, and it is always a great race. It is a relatively flat course (for SF) and it is very, very well organized. Every year it goes off on time, without a hitch, with good shuttle buses, good on-course support, and good post-race treats.

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    diasnathan1 REPEAT RUNNER '19

    I’ve run this half marathon for two years now and It’s by far one of my favorites in the Bay Area. Parking isn’t too difficult (near ocean beach) and there … MORE

    I’ve run this half marathon for two years now and It’s by far one of my favorites in the Bay Area. Parking isn’t too difficult (near ocean beach) and there are shuttles ready to take you to the start. As a novice runner, the energy at the beginning is infectious and helped keep me motivated even with rainy weather. There was sufficient water and electrolytes ever mike or so. And the views from a Golden Gate park through ocean beach we’re amazing! There were so many volunteers there to cheer us on and that also helped keep up motivation during the half marathon. Definitely running this again! 🙂

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    mrsthamesbundy FIRST-TIMER '19

    It's a beautiful course. The volunteers along the way were incredible and very encouraging. Kaiser did an incredible job. It was a great way to spend the morning with coworkers … MORE

    It’s a beautiful course. The volunteers along the way were incredible and very encouraging. Kaiser did an incredible job. It was a great way to spend the morning with coworkers outside of work. I will definitely be doing it again. Gonna try and encourage more coworkers to join me!

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    Stephen26.2 REPEAT RUNNER '19

    The course has you running through the world famous Golden Gate Park and along the Pacific Ocean. The race is well organized and has lots of volunteers who help cheer … MORE

    The course has you running through the world famous Golden Gate Park and along the Pacific Ocean. The race is well organized and has lots of volunteers who help cheer you on. It a fairly flat yet very scenic race course with (of course) an uphill finish! But don’t let that discourage you as it is a fun fast and lovely course. I’d highly recommend it to first timers or seasoned veteran runners.

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    fransisllee REPEAT RUNNER '19

    This race is very well organized and is consistently so every year. The weather, however, can be warm for February over 60 degrees or rainy and blustery like it was … MORE

    This race is very well organized and is consistently so every year. The weather, however, can be warm for February over 60 degrees or rainy and blustery like it was this year. The scenery is beautiful along Highway 1, and if course look for the bison in the park! The crowd and volunteers this year were great! The freebies afterwards seem to dwindle year after year, but the medal makes up for it all. They always have such a sweet medal with a little gadget on it that moves. Thanks for always putting on such a great race!

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    edmoyactor FIRST-TIMER '19

    Good charity race. As usually San Francisco weather in February tends to be wet and windy. Rain came down at the start line but eased up as the race got … MORE

    Good charity race. As usually San Francisco weather in February tends to be wet and windy. Rain came down at the start line but eased up as the race got underway. It was a mostly flat and downhill course through Golden Gate Park and finished near the Great Highway. Lots of helpful volunteers. The race t-shirt was a nice cotton poly blend material with logo and the finisher medal had a unique SF themed design.

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    rkern FIRST-TIMER '19

    The course is typical of SF - minus the hills. Starts in the middle of GG park, and winds around until you come to the oceanfront portion around mile 7. … MORE

    The course is typical of SF – minus the hills. Starts in the middle of GG park, and winds around until you come to the oceanfront portion around mile 7. Well produced, lots of bathrooms and snacks after, even a massage! I ran in high pressure rain and it felt great!

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    santhian REPEAT RUNNER '19

    This is my third half marathon. I very much enjoy the scenic route that helps me keep going. It's a very well organized race. The pictures came out better this … MORE

    This is my third half marathon. I very much enjoy the scenic route that helps me keep going. It’s a very well organized race. The pictures came out better this year than the previous two years.

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    karstenrowe FIRST-TIMER '19

    A flat, fast course. Not overly busy and scenic course through Golden Gate Park and along the waterfront. A great way to evaluate forthcoming yearly running goals. MORE

    A flat, fast course.

    Not overly busy and scenic course through Golden Gate Park and along the waterfront. A great way to evaluate forthcoming yearly running goals.

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    crazy2kids REPEAT RUNNER '19

    I’ve done multiple Kaiser races. This was one of my favorite races. This was the first time they had 10k. The race started drizzling then as the race started it … MORE

    I’ve done multiple Kaiser races. This was one of my favorite races. This was the first time they had 10k. The race started drizzling then as the race started it stopped raining. The course was well marked and volunteers were helpful. The swag was okay. Wish there were more vendors at the finish line. I’m definitely going to do the race next year.

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    lnarayan123 FIRST-TIMER '19

    Good parts of this race are: - Very nice scenery - Good support - Well organized (during the race there are many who were cheering and encouraging the runners as … MORE

    Good parts of this race are:
    – Very nice scenery
    – Good support
    – Well organized (during the race there are many who were cheering and encouraging the runners as well as guiding)
    – Enough water/nuun breaks
    – Shuttles to and fro to/from the starting point/ending point were good
    – After run care was good like icing, and medical care

    Cons:
    – Weather is tricky (I know this in organizer’s control but just mentioning this if this is a factor in your decision to run this race). Lot of rain was expected but luckily, it rained only for a short time and it was windy only during that time.
    – Hope they can provide gu for the race. They do supply nuun (electrolytes) but gu is a standard one for almost all the 1/2 marathons I have done.
    – Hope they can provide tech t-shirts. Cotton t-shirt is nice but for $70+ registration, tech tshirt should be provided.

    Overall, glad I did this race and may do it again next year.

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