Besides the San Francisco Marathon being a marathon race, they also offer two different half marathons, 1st Half and 2nd Half. We signed up for the 2nd Half. This meant two things, we could sleep a little longer and Aaron (my son-in-law) had to drop us off at the half way point of the marathon, Golden Gate Park. Aaron got us there with no problem about an hour before race time. Now, this isn't a complaint, it's actually a wonderful thing, but incredibly odd for the summer of 2012 (think hot, hot, hot - everywhere), the temperature was 55 degrees! So it was 'cold' and damp at Golden Gate Park as we waited to begin our race. However, the great people of San Francisco who put on this race really thought ahead, they provided heaters!!!
|Heaters for a Summer half marathon :)
We were off. The first six miles were in Golden Gate Park and it was shortly after we began when I noticed buffalo! Yes, buffalo.
|Buffalo in Golden Gate Park
As we left the park we entered The Haight and back to city streets, street cars, and such. We stayed on Haight Street for quite a while and it was a very interesting place.
|downhill in the Haight
Going down these hills was the best. Actually, come to think of it, I do not recall any significant inclines during this race. I guess we were just lucky. The course took us through the Mission district, Dogpatch, down to the water, passed AT&T Park (we passed quite a few people tail-gaiting in prep for the Giants/Dodgers games right after the race).
And right after that we went under the Bay Bridge for the finish. Plenty of post race food & drink: oranges, bananas, cinnamon scones, Jamba Juice smoothies, yogurt, coconut water, water, beer,... There was plenty for all.
Finished the race in 2:49. It was a good race!