We'll be running 4-7 miles through Golden Gate Park on Sunday. Here are a few things to keep in mind before I dive into the details around the course:
1)You will be running gradually uphill for the first half of your run! This
course isn't terribly steep, but there is a GRADUAL uphill for much of
the first half of the run. Keep this in mind as you may need to dial
back your pacing a bit when you head out.
2)Watch your footing!
There's a reasonable amount of this run that will take place on a dirt
path/fire road. This means small rocks, tree roots (sometimes), and
uneven ground at times. I don't want to see anyone take a tumble. Stay
tuned in! This is particularly important for those of you who wear MP3
PLAYERS! Stay particularly alert on the RETURN when you will likely be a
bit fatigued and traveling gradually DOWNHILL!
3)Water Stops. Roughly a mile into the run (not too far after you pass the Bison Paddocks on the left) there is water fountain on the LEFT
adjacent to Lake Spreckles. Also there is a water fountain at the
intersection of JFK/Transverse on the LEFT side of JFK. These
descriptions will make more sense once you read my course description
Ok, enough of the preamble. Let's get down to it!
Here’s a course map for you to peruse-
Sunday’s Course Map
We will 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 quarter of 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.
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. This is roughly one mile into our run.
Continue running on the dirt path for close to a mile and you will eventually come to a 4 way stop at the intersection of JFK/Transverse. This is roughly 2 miles. Beginner runners will turn around here and head back to the Beach Chalet for 4 MILES! FYI, there's a water fountain on the LEFT side of JFK at this intersection
Everyone else will continue running on the RIGHT
side of the path past JFK/Transverse for roughly half a mile. You will
see a large funky looking building (this is
DeYoung Museum) approaching on the right and a crosswalk cutting across JFK. There will also be a chalk 'MM5' in the middle of the path. This is 2.5 miles. Intermediate runners will turn around here and head back to the Beach Chalet for 5 MILES!
Advanced and Race level runners will continue running on the RIGHT
side of the path for roughly half a mile. You will see a stop sign and
traffic joining JFK from 'Conservatory Way'. (this is just prior to the
Flower Conservatory) There is a pedestrian crosswalk. There will be a 'MM6' in chalk in the middle of the path as well. This is 3 miles. Advanced runners will turn around here and head back to the Beach Chalet for 6 MILES!
Race level runners will CROSS OVER TO THE LEFT SIDE OF JFK AT CONSERVATORY WAY AND KEEP RUNNING. Continue running until you reach the intersection of JFK/Stanyan. This is a controlled intersection with stoplights. This is 3.5 miles. There will be a 'MM7' in chalk at this intersection as well. Turn around here and head back to the Beach Chalet for 7 MILES!