If you know anything about me, you know I’m a big San Francisco Giants fan! So of course I’m going to run a half marathon that finishes on the field at AT&T park. I am excited to be running the Giant Race San Francisco this year.
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Last year I ran the Giant Race in San Jose, see my review here, and I wanted to run in San Francisco too but I had other plans that same weekend. I was actually supposed to be out of town this year but my plans changed and I’m so excited to be running this race this year. The San Francisco Giant Race has quickly become a favorite among Giants fans and local residents and runners. Keep reading to see why it’s such a popular race!
There are multiple race options, so if you’re not up to a half marathon yet you can still participate. There is a 5k, 10k, and the half marathon. There is also a kids race/family relay on Saturday September 8, 2018 at noon.
You do have the option to do a virtual run, but I’m not sure why you would want to miss out on finishing on the field!
Sunday, September 9, 2018
7:00 am: Half marathon & 10k
10:50 am: 5k
Note – prices increase on July 19th and again on August 29th
Half marathon – $118
10k – $78
5k – $63
Use the code “RACESF2018” for $10 off! Register here before the prices increase!
Friday, September 7 11:30am – 7:00pm
Saturday, September 8 9:00am – 4:00pm
Where: AT&T Park – enter at the Lefty O’Doul Gate next to the 3rd Street Bridge
NOTE: Unless you opt for your packet to be mailed to you, you must attend the expo to pick up your packet as there will be no race day pickup.
Expo Parking: Lot A metered parking – you must pay!
I definitely recommend going early on Friday (if you can) or before the kids race on Saturday to avoid traffic and longer lines for packet pickup.
The course begins and ends at AT&T park and runs along the water to the Embarcadero, Fisherman’s Wharf, Fort Mason, the Presidio, and Fort Point. It’s a relatively flat course, but it does have two decent hills.
The medal is pictured below – and I’m so excited to see it in person! I’ve heard that they are high quality and often are functional – being a bottle opener for example. I love the jersey for the medal, since it’s affiliated with the San Francisco Giants!
If you run multiple Giant Races in the series you earn an additional medal based on how many races you’ve done. Next year my goal is to get the series sweep and run all four races (Scottsdale, Sacramento, San Jose, and San Francisco).
Complete all three races and earn the Series Sweep, the three races in California earns you the Three Bagger, and if you complete San Jose and San Francisco you earn the Turn Two award. Running virtually also qualifies you for series awards!
Every runner also receives a bobblehead of a Giants player! And of course there is a great tee shirt for every runner. I’m sure the expo and post race area will have lots of merchandise available, including stuff from previous years (at least that’s how it was at the Giant Race in San Jose).
If you’re traveling from out of town and need a place to stay in the city, check out this page on the Giant Race website for information on hotels.
They’ve even created a 12 week training plan that you can use for free! Check out their training plan here!
Don’t worry… Dodgers fans are welcome too! So what are you waiting for?! Register here!