Monday, May 18, 2009

Saturday(9/5) Run Course Description

Here is a map link to Saturday's run course:

Saturday's Run Course

In short, EVERYONE will head SOUTH towards our favorite hill by the Marina Safeway. We will crest this hill and head down into Aquatic Park. You will continue running through Fisherman's Wharf and onto the Embarcadero. Run along the Embarcadero ALL THE WAY TO THE FERRY BUILDING. This is 3 miles. Feel free to use the restroom inside, grab some water at the fountains inside. Once you've made a pit stop, turn around and head back to the monkey bars.

Upon return to the monkey bars, you will have logged 6 MILES. Again, feel free to grab some water, knock back a gel, etc. before you head NORTH along the Marina towards Crisy Field Center at the intersection of Mason/Halleck. Once you reach Mason/Halleck, you are one mile from the monkey bars. Look for 'FF8' in chalk at this intersection. BEGINNERS will turn around here and head back to the monkey bars for 8 MILES!

Everyone else will turn LEFT at the intersection and head up Halleck towards Lincoln (roughly 1/4 of a mile). Turn RIGHT at Lincoln and run along the sidewalk for about another 1/4 of a mile. Right around Lincoln/Taylor you will see chalk markings indicating 'FF 9' in the middle of the sidewalk. Intermediate runners turn around here! Turn around here and head back to the monkey bars for 9 MILES!

Everyone else will continue past the 'FF 9' and continue on Lincoln. You will eventually see the cemetery on your left and Lincoln will curve to the left. Lincoln curves around to the left and downhill slightly. You will find yourself at a 4 way stop at the intersection of Lincoln/McDowell. Look for chalk markings indicating 'FF 10'. Advanced runners turn around here.Turn around and head back to the monkey bars for 10 MILES!

Race level runners will continue past the 'FF 4' chalk markings and continue on Lincoln as it curves around to the right. Eventually you will get a spectacular view of the Marina/Crissy Field off to your right near the intersection of Lincoln/Long(there's a stop sign here at the top of Long). There's a stop sign here before Lincoln starts heading uphill.Race level runners will continue running uphill on Lincoln on the right hand shoulder. You will run along the shoulder for about half a mile. This is uphill most of the way.

After you run under an overpass look to your left for a series of small buildings and a street sign indicating 'Ralston'. There are actually '2' instances of 'Ralston'. Run to the 'second' instance of Ralston and you should see 'FF 12' on the ground in chalk. Race level runners will turn around here and head back to the monkey bars for 12 MILES!

To get your 8 miles at target half marathon pace, I would recommend seguing into target pace at the Ferry Building (3 miles into the run) and maintaining this pace for the next 8 miles. At Mason/Halleck on the return segue into comfortable pace for your last mile.

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