Thursday, September 06, 2012

Saturday Long Run Description (09/08/12)

We'll be covering between 5-9 miles on Saturday depending upon your training level. Here's a link to the course map-

Saturday Long Run Course Map


In short, we will head NORTH from the Marina Green Monkey Bars on along Marina Boulevard for roughly 1/2 mile until we reach the grassy, volleyball court area on the right. Take a right and cut through the volleyball court area and run through the parking lot behind it. Turn LEFT onto the Marina Promenade which is a fire road/dirt trail.

Continue running on this path for roughly a mile. Eventually, this path will veer to the right towards the Warming Hut. Continue running towards the Warming Hut. For the uninitiated, the Warming Hut is A BIG WHITE BUILDING WITH TABLES AND BENCHES IN FRONT OF IT. Hopefully, it will be hard to miss). The Warming Hut is 2 MILES!

Continue past the Warming Hut onto a paved road that goes past a series of buildings (including some restrooms). You will pass these buildings and continue running along this path next to the water towards the base of the bridge. The path curves around and dead ends at 'Hoppers Hands'. This is 2.5 MILES. Everyone will turn around here and head back towards the monkey bars. BEGINNER level runners are done upon reaching the monkey bars for a total of 5 MILES!

Everyone else will continue running SOUTH along the paved path past the Marina Safeway and up Fort Mason Hill. Intermediate level runners will crest this hill and run to the point where the path starts to head down towards Aquatic Park and then return to the monkey bars for 6 MILES!

Advanced and Race level runners will continue down the hill into Aquatic park. Run along the sidewalk adjacent to the waterfront. Advanced runners will turn around At the end of Aquatic Park/Edge of Fisherman’s Wharf. There is a large, circular cul-de-sac at the end of Aquatic Park. This is where you turn around. Return to the monkey bars for 7 MILES!

Race level runners will run through Fisherman's Wharf on Jefferson and continue onto the Embarcadero. Run to the intersection of Embarcadero/Bay. There is a Hillstone restaurant on the right for a visual cue. Upon returning to the monkey bars from here you will have logged 9 MILES!

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