October 19, 2014
Strap up your sneakers, and finish up your training for the 2014 Nike Women's Half Marathon. You'll join the approximately 20,000 women (and a few fellas, too) who will participate in the annual race. With San Francisco's uniquely hilly streets, you'll need to prepare your calves for some of the more intense uphill climbs. But once you find the pace that works for you, you can take in the stunning scenery throughout the racecourse. You'll get plenty of glimpses of the Golden Gate Bridge and Golden Gate Park as you wind your way through the route.
Trot along San Fran's most famous sites, and squeeze in some sightseeing while you work out. You'll pass along through Fisherman's Wharf, Coit Tower and the landmark TransAmerica building. You'll get going at the starting line at 6:30 a.m. in the centrally located Union Square.
The course follows an upside-down "U" shape, mostly alongside the scenic San Francisco Bay. Hopefully it will be a beautiful California morning to make the experience both enjoyable and memorable. You'll get glimpses of Marin Headlands, Alcatraz and the Presidio as you continue along your way. You'll go along the Great Highway and pass the Pacific, then you'll get a better look at the South Bay from Crissy Field. Finally, you'll pass Lands' End and the U.S.S. San Francisco Memorial.
Cross the finish line, and you can bring home your bragging rights. At certain parts of the race, you'll climb up to 300 feet - but the last mile is luckily mostly downhill.