Running in San Francisco

I am flying to San Francisco next week from Monday to Friday and planning to fit in my training when there. Fortunately, I will be tapering for a marathon then so won't need to worry about getting lost on a 20 mile run. However, I wondered if anybody had some recommended routes in and around the city that I could try? Anything up to 16 miles would be much appreciated.

Many thanks.


  • Hi There,

    A wonderful city with plenty to do and see.

    You could run over the bridge and down into the port where you can get the ferry back.
    I did it by bike.  It is a steep decent and was glad to get on the ferry, along with about another 1000 bikes and their owners.

    I organise City Running Tours in Scotland.  ( and I am an associate of Global Running Tours (  If you follow these links, it will give you an idea os the scope of running with guides around the world.  "Cheap, Cheerful, Safe and Healthy".
    Such a site exists in San Fran (  Have a look and pass the word.

    Hopefully I will see you in Glasgow one day.


  • I only stayed in San Francisco for a day en route to somewhere else but I did manage a very nice 10 mile run along the bay.  Headed out from Marina Bay, through Fisherman's Wharf, although it starts getting a bit industrial after that, so heading in the direction of Golden Gate Bridge is probably a better idea.

    Warning: if you can get "Sitting on the Dock of the Bay" by Otis Redding out of your head for more than 10 seconds whilst on the run, you're a better man (or woman) than me!  image

  • I was in San Francisco on holiday last month and did a 20 mile training run. It's pretty easy to find a route, just go along the Embarcadero and up to the Golden Gate Bridge and back. I ran over the bridge but it was so foggy I couldn't see the top of it, just the huge cables going up into the clouds!

     Here's the Garmin link to the run:

     20 mile run in San Francisco

  • MsEMsE ✭✭✭
    That link is very useful, Alan - thank you v much for posting it! I agree that a run out along the Golden Gate Bridge sounds a good idea, PhilPub, as it will mean I can easily do an out and back loop without getting lost, although I will curse you if that song does pop into my head as I hadn't thought of it until you mentioned it now (up to now I have been humming about flowers in my haaaaair!) I really appreciated your link Chomski. Another vote for the GG Bridge has definitely persuaded me to run it at least once!
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