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For every runner, San Francisco offers a plethora of ambiances ranging from amazing views to the Hills, Oceans and paths, all which are easily accessible as well. Whether you are an urban hill runner or a city runner still looking for trails with amazing views, running in San Francisco consists of routes merely a stone’s throw away from the city. Let’s look at some of the amazing routes this beautiful city has to offer!
If you are looking for an urban San Francisco 5k run, then the one along Chrissy Field takes you on a paved path around the Yacht club to a wider gravel path leading to Fort Point. Golden Gate Bridge is a little distance northwest of this trail adding an extra 2.5 miles to your run if you are up for it. The bridge pans out to many amazing viewpoints with numerous rollerbladers, cyclists, and walkers using this path! Passing by many landmarks such as the Exploratorium, Alcatraz Ferry, Bay Bridge and others, the Embarcadero is a 3.4-mile trail that begins at the AT&T park ending at Fisherman’s Wharf. Revived since the earthquake of 1989, it’s a popular route among many runners. If you are looking for scenic vistas, woody sections, ponds and fields, the routes to the Land’s End from near the Golden Gate Welcome Center, the Presidio Park that overlooks landmarks like the Walt Disney Family Museum and golf courses, and the Golden Gate Park that is home to the Botanical and Japanese Tea Garden are a must run. Finally, there are many other trails surrounding the Golden Gate Bridge like the challenging National Recreational Area and the Ocean Beach Area that lies to the west of the bridge that offers a beautiful sunset view and surfing points for your San Francisco 5k run.
If you are looking to plan your run, then a place to stay ranks high up on that list. While San Francisco has amazing trails, they are usually far from the business epicenter of the city. This means having to live in cheap motels mostly cause the fancy hotels are a way away. If you want some new gear, Chrissy Field and Presidio districts have some local running stores. Get involved in the San Francisco running club by planning your Race the USA Virtual 5k Series San Francisco or participate in large events like the San Francisco marathon or Bay to Breakers. Join the San Francisco Race the USA 10k Run Series today!