New Course For Nike Women’s Half Marathon San Francisco Revealed

The new route finishes at the Marina Green after a tour of the city. 

Nike has unveiled the new and much-anticipated course map for this year’s Women’s Half Marathon in San Francisco, taking place on Oct. 19.

As in previous years the race will start in Union Square and wind through Golden Gate Park, the Presidio and past the iconic Golden Gate Bridge. The 2014 course, however, will finish at the Marina Green, a reversal of the route that used to end on the Great Highway at Ocean Beach.

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Runners will experience an entirely new race as a majority of it runs inland with rewarding views of the bay, including the bridge and Alcatraz Island, which are saved for the remaining 3 miles of the race.

Hills are also to be expected with steady climbs up to Alamo Square at mile 2 before reaching a series of downhill runs through Golden Gate Park. The greatest challenge, though, will occur at mile 10 with a steep uphill traverse through the Presidio before a fast and flat mile-sprint to the finish line (that’s if the hill hasn’t spoiled all your energy reserves).

Although not quite a full loop, the race’s finish at the Marina Green is less than 2 miles from the start, offering easy access to Union Street and downtown.

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