We will run a lengthy stretch along the Great Highway FIRST and get our remaining mileage in Golden Gate Park LAST. You will be logging between 8-11 miles depending upon your training level.
Here is a map link for the course-
Great Highway/Golden Gate Park Route
Here is a description of our course:
Everyone will head SOUTH from the Beach Chalet on the paved path running along the Great Highway. Everyone will run ALL THE WAY TO THE END OF THE GREAT HIGHWAY! The intersection of Great Highway and SLOAT is the end of the Great Highway.
There’s a controlled intersection here and the paved path effectively ends. This is a 2.35 mile stretch. If you need to use the restroom and/or grab a drink of water you will need to cross the street and head WEST over to the rest area (this will be clear once you get there).
Turn around and head back to the Beach Chalet. This is admittedly a challenging stretch as it seems to go on FOREVER!
Once you get back to the Beach Chalet, you will have 4.7 miles under your belt. Again, feel free to stop, knock back a gel and/or some water, use the restroom, etc.before you head into Golden Gate Park for your remaining mileage.
Head NORTH from the Beach Chalet and promptly take a right turn to get onto JFK. You will run along the dirt path for about a half a mile until you come to a stop sign. Turn LEFT at this stop sign at the pedestrian crosswalk onto the dirt path running along JFK. I will try to put some chalk down at this intersection indicating where to go.
You will continue running along this path for some time. As you close in on the first mile you will see the 'Bison Paddock' on your left. Shortly after you pass the paddock, you will see Lake Spreckles on the left.
If you need water, cross the pedestrian crosswalk over to Lake Spreckles and you will see the water fountain on your left.
Continue running on the dirt path. A half a mile later, look for a FF 8 in white ‘flour’ on the dirt path in front of you. Additionally, look over to the right (and downhill) and you will see a rest area/water fountains.
Lastly, look for a FF 8 in chalk on the road to your left. Beginner runners will turn around here and head back to the Beach Chalet for 8 MILES! Admittedly, there aren’t a lot of great visual cues for this turn around, so keep your eyes peeled for the flour/chalk markings!
Everyone else will continue running along the dirt path towards JFK/Transverse. This is roughly 2 miles from the Beach Chalet. If you cross over to the LEFT side of JFK, you will find another water fountain.
Continue running on the RIGHT side of the dirt path past JFK/Transverse for another 200 meters are so. KEEP YOUR EYES PEELED FOR A PEDESTRIAN CROSSWALK IN THE MIDDLE OF THE STREET AND A ‘FF 9’ IN THE MIDDLE OF THE PATH! Intermediate level runners will turn around here and head back to the Beach Chalet for 9 MILES!
Advanced/Race level runners will continue running on the right side of JFK. Roughly half a mile from the aforementioned crosswalk and ‘FF9’ you will see DeYoung Museum coming up on your RIGHT. It’s kind of a funky looking building, hard to miss.
KEEP YOUR EYES PEELED FOR A PEDESTRIAN CROSSWALK IN THE MIDDLE OF THE STREET AND A ‘FF 10’ IN THE MIDDLE OF THE PATH! Advanced level runners will turn around here and head back to the Beach Chalet for 10 MILES!
Race level runners will pass De Young Museum and eventually see the Flower Observatory appear on the left. You are close to the turn around for 11 miles. JFK soon intersects with ‘Middle Drive’.
Right at this intersection you will find a ‘FF 11’ in chalk on the ground. Turn around here and head back to the Beach Chalet for 11 MILES!