Friday, July 19, 2013

Sunday's Long Run (7/21/13)

Our FINAL long run of the season is a 'mash up' of sorts that includes a little bit of everything we've covered this season. Click the link below for the course map-

Sunday's Course Map

We start our final long run on Crissy Field. We'll launch from the Marina Promenade and head towards the Warming Hut.

Upon reaching the Warming Hut, 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.

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.  


Everyone will continue to the end of the bridge to the Visitor Center. Stop here to grab some water, use the restroom, and/or take a gel, clif shot, etc. Everyone will turn around here and head back across the bridge.

You will eventually reach the intersection of Lincoln/Long. Continue RIGHT on Lincoln Ave. Follow Lincoln Avenue into the Presidio. You will win past the intersection of Lincoln/McDowell and continue past the cemetery. 

Continue running on Lincoln past the YMCA . Eventually Lincoln veers left and turns into Presidio. Follow Presidio until you reach the intersection of Presidio & Lombard.

Veer left and continue on Lombard until you reach Lombard Gate (this is effectively the intersection of Lombard/Lyon). Turn around here and head back to the intersection of Lincoln/Long.

By the time you reach Lincoln/Long, you will have logged close to 9 miles. Head down Long Avenue back towards the Warming Hut. Turn RIGHT at the Warming Hut and continue running along the Promenade until you reach the spot where we launched our run by Crissy Field. 

Veer RIGHT and continue running until you run into Mason Street. This is 10 MILES! Beginners are done!

Everyone else continues running along Mason Street. After roughly 1/2 mile, you will encounter a 'MM11' in chalk on the ground near the entrance to East Beach Parking Lot. Intermediate runners will turn around and head back to Sports Basement for 11 MILES!

Advanced and Race level runners will continue along Marina (Mason turns into Marina) Boulevard until you reach the intersection of Marina/Scott. This is a controlled intersection with stoplights. Advanced level runners will turn around here and head back to Sports Basement for 12 MILES!

Race level runners will continue running along Marina Boulevard. Run past the Marina Green Monkey Bars and up Fort Mason Hill. Crest Fort Mason Hill and run down the other side. Once you've reached the bottom of the hill, turn around and head back to Sports Basement for 14 MILES!

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