Friday, September 23, 2011

Saturday Long Run REDUX (9/23)

Here is a link to the course map for Saturday:

Saturday's Course Map

Here's a verbal description as well:

Everyone will head NORTH along the Marina towards the Warming Hut. Roughly half a mile into our run (near Baker Street) we will make a RIGHT TURN and cross through the volleyball court area into the Yacht Club parking lot and TURN LEFT onto the Marina Promenade. This is a gravel/dirt path that heads towards the Warming Hut.

Upon reaching the Warming Hut(roughly 2 miles), you will run past the Warming Hut and take an IMMEDIATE left to head towards LONG AVENUE. Long Avenue is effectively a short hill that heads up towards Lincoln.

Everyone will head up Long Avenue along the shoulder until you reach a stop sign. This is LINCOLN. Take a right on to the paved cyclist/pedestrian path and follow this path to your right. Stick to this path as it heads towards the Golden Gate Bridge. Make sure that you are on this path and NOT on Lincoln. You do not want to be running on Lincoln for this course.

You will follow the path for roughly 1/2-3/4 of a mile. There will be a few points at which the path may fork, but stick to the MAIN path. You will soon see the
Golden Gate Bridge approaching.

You will reach a point where you can continue running and run underneath the bridge or take a hairpin LEFT and wind your way up to the pedestrian side of the bridge. You want to do the LATTER and turn left and head onto the pedestrian side of the bridge.

Run about 200 meters further until you reach a large stone structure also known as an 'anchorage'. Look for a 'MM 3' in chalk in the middle of the sidewalk adjacent to this structure. You will turn around here and head back to the monkey bars. Upon reaching the monkey bars you will have logged 6 MILES.

We will head SOUTH along the Marina towards Fort Mason Hill. Beginners will Crest Fort Mason hill and head back to the monkey bars for a total of 7 MILES!

Everyone else will head down Fort Mason Hill and head into Aquatic Park. Run to the end of Aquatic Park/edge of Fisherman's Wharf. Intermediate runners will turn around at the cul-de-sac at the end of Aquatic Park and head back to the monkey bars for 8 MILES.

Advanced and Race level runners will continue into Fisherman's Wharf. You will be on Jefferson at this point.

Please keep a watchful eye for tourists, cyclists, and other traffic in Fisherman's Wharf. Continue running to the intersection of Jefferson/Powell. There is a large 'wildlife' art gallery on the right. Advanced level runners turn around here! Head back to the monkey bars for 9 MILES!

Race level runners will running along Jefferson which will eventually turn into the Embarcadero. At the intersection of Embarcadero & Bay there is a Hillstone restaurant on the right. Continue past Embarcadero & Bay. 1/2 a mile later you will encounter the intersection of Embarcadero/Green. Race level runners turn around here. Head back to the monkey bars for 11 MILES!

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