Wednesday, July 20, 2011

Sunday (08/14) Route Description

You will be logging between 10-15 miles depending upon your training level. Here is a link to the course map for your reference-

Sunday Long Run Course Map

We will launch from the Warming Hut and head out along the dirt path that runs along the water. The path will veer left and you will follow the path for a little over a mile until you run into a parking lot. At this point, you will take a slight right turn and cut through the 'little' Marina Green and make your way towards Marina Boulevard.

Turn LEFT onto Marina Boulevard and run along the paved path towards Fort Mason. You will run past the Marina Safeway (on your RIGHT) and head up Fort Mason Hill. You will crest this hill and then head down into Aquatic Park.

Continue running along the sidewalk adjacent to Aquatic Park into Fisherman's Wharf. Please keep a watchful eye for tourists, cyclists, and other traffic in Fisherman's Wharf. Continue running along Jefferson which will eventually turn into the Embarcadero. At the intersection of Embarcadero & Bay there is a Hillstone's restaurant on the right. This is 4 MILES.

Continue past Embarcadero & Bay along the Embarcadero all the way to the MAIN entrance of the Ferry Building. This is 5 MILES. Beginner level runners will turn around here and head back to the Warming Hut. When you get back you will have logged 10 MILES!

Everyone else will continue running past the Ferry Building. Continue running along the Embarcadero until you reach the intersection of Embarcadero/Harrison! There is a Gordon Biersch on the other side of Embarcadero/Harrison for your visual cue. This is 5.5 MILES! Intermediate runners turn around here and head back to the monkey bars for 11 MILES!

Advanced and Race level runners will continue running along the Embarcadero. Right around the time Embarcadero is turning into ‘King Street’ you will come to the intersection of Embarcadero/Townsend. LOOK FOR PIER 38 ON YOUR LEFT! This is 6 MILES! Advanced level runners will turn around and head back to the monkey bars for 12 MILES!

Race level runners will continue running on King Street PAST the ballpark to the intersection of King/4th Street. Turn LEFT on 4th Street. Continue running down 4th Street until you run into 'Channel Street' You will veer left on Channel Street and follow Channel Street until you run into 3rd Street. Turn RIGHT on 3rd Street and follow 3rd Street until you hit Mission Rock Street. This is 7 MILES. Turn around and head back to the Warming Hut.

Once you get back to the Warming Hut, you will pick up your extra mile by running PAST the Warming Hut all the way to Hopper Hands at the base of the Golden Gate Bridge. This is effectively a dead end and you will be forced to turn around and head back. Right before the Warming Hut there is a pier to your left. To run 'exactly' 15 miles, you must run all the way to the end of the pier, turn around, and come back to the Warming Hut. This is 15 MILES!

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