Overall Rating
Overall Rating (157 Reviews)
4.5
(157 Ratings)  (157 Reviews)
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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 the Year by the Road Runners Club of America several times. The 5K … MORE
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    loungesong REPEAT RUNNER '22

    This is a fast course that is feels like two equal halves. The first half is a net downhill through Golden Gate Park. The second half is completely flat along … MORE

    This is a fast course that is feels like two equal halves. The first half is a net downhill through Golden Gate Park. The second half is completely flat along the Pacific Ocean on the Great Highway. Can we windy, but was flat calm in 2022. Parking is not overly difficult as this race is relatively small so you can park in the neighborhood if you are willing to walk afterwards. It is easy to over run in the first half as there are a lot of long sweeping turns that you can streamline. Sometimes I was running almost .1 miles too far by not staying to the inside. They gave out some kind of disgusting electrolyte water instead of play water at the finish. Gross!

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    wsiddiqi REPEAT RUNNER '22

    It was a great run. Perfect weather, great course, good organization. Helps me get over the winter doldrums. Parked at the great highway and took the shuttle to starting point. … MORE

    It was a great run. Perfect weather, great course, good organization. Helps me get over the winter doldrums.
    Parked at the great highway and took the shuttle to starting point. Bib pickup was well organized at various locations across the Bay area so I didnt have to drive to SF for that. The volunteers seem to have a better color shirt than the participants. What gives? Need an option to swap

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    ninamariannah FIRST-TIMER '22

    Great race for a PR with a net downhill. Running through Golden Gate Park is always beautiful. The website was a bit confusing, but the important information was provided via … MORE

    Great race for a PR with a net downhill. Running through Golden Gate Park is always beautiful. The website was a bit confusing, but the important information was provided via email.

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    sijina REPEAT RUNNER '22

    You will not be disappointed . The course elevation and the timing of the year makes this race perfect for you to achieve your personal best times. MORE

    You will not be disappointed .
    The course elevation and the timing of the year makes this race perfect for you to achieve your personal best times.

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    sandro.karg FIRST-TIMER '22

    Aid stations only had water and nuun electrolytes, no nutrition even though GU is a main sponsor. The long stretch along the ocean is mentally most challenging. Fast and fun … MORE

    Aid stations only had water and nuun electrolytes, no nutrition even though GU is a main sponsor.
    The long stretch along the ocean is mentally most challenging. Fast and fun though!

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    1juliehays FIRST-TIMER '22

    The 5K course has a huge downhill portion at the end, with one main hill around mile 1, so be prepared for a fast race! It was a beautiful path … MORE

    The 5K course has a huge downhill portion at the end, with one main hill around mile 1, so be prepared for a fast race! It was a beautiful path through the park, and volunteers were fun and enthusiastic. Shuttle was helpful, although I can imagine it is harder for 10K and half marathon participants to walk up to it after the longer races. Only pains for me were before the race; parking was almost impossible (I don’t live in SF so I had to drive), and then it was basically a pre-race sprint to get all the way down to gear check and back for for the 5K start. I wish the gear truck was a little closer to the starting corral for all those who spend 20+ minutes finding a parking spot in the middle of downtown SF!

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    marcok REPEAT RUNNER '22

    This is a great race. After a year off for in person races. They did a great job bringing it back. Organization is terrific. The race course is flat and … MORE

    This is a great race. After a year off for in person races. They did a great job bringing it back. Organization is terrific. The race course is flat and a beautiful, with a big piece going through the park in paved roads.

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    asdfhenry FIRST-TIMER '22

    This event was great, for beginners and experienced runners! The course wasn't a challenge at all and all of the event workers were very helpful and encouraging. MORE

    This event was great, for beginners and experienced runners! The course wasn’t a challenge at all and all of the event workers were very helpful and encouraging.

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    peterbergmann FIRST-TIMER '22

    This race is a well-organized half-marathon in Golden Gate Park. The course was fairly flat for the first 4-5 miles (some light rolling hills) but the long gradual downhill from … MORE

    This race is a well-organized half-marathon in Golden Gate Park. The course was fairly flat for the first 4-5 miles (some light rolling hills) but the long gradual downhill from Mile 5-7 was very helpful. The last 6 miles along the Great Highway were very flat, which was nice for the second part of the race. Only tough part of the whole race was the uphill finish for the last 400 meters or so. Make sure you save some energy for it. Mile markers were clear (except for Mile 2, which no one saw). Aid stations were sufficient but it would have been nicer to have better differentiation between water and electrolytes and to have each option at every aid station. Pre-race parking and transportation was very smooth, especially for a city race. Scenery in Golden Gate Park and along the ocean was also beautiful. The website was pretty confusing and information was hard to find pre-race but eventually I got all the info I needed. Suggested improvements would be an improved website, slightly more organized aid stations, and making sure each mile marker is very clear. Other than that, it was a great race. The course was fast and enjoyable and I would do it again and recommend to others.

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    lormonde REPEAT RUNNER '22

    Very fun family day. Beautiful scenery and weather. The race ends close to the beach. After the run we walked through Golden Gate Park, and enjoyed photo opportunities We went … MORE

    Very fun family day. Beautiful scenery and weather. The race ends close to the beach. After the run we walked through Golden Gate Park, and enjoyed photo opportunities We went as a family, and then went for breakfast at Pier 39 afterwards .

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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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