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Favorite Run – San Francisco, CA: Fort Mason

There are so many amazing places to run that we want to help spread the word about some of your favorites. Maybe you will be visiting a new area and looking for a great running trail or in search of your next racecation. Whatever the case, we hope to highlight some of the best places to run around the world!

Up next to share her favorite run is Sarah (@alwyzsleepn on Instagram). She shares with us her favorite place to run on her lunch break…

Favorite Run: Fort Mason, San Francisco, CA

Runner: Sarah

Location: Fort Mason, then along the Marina, up to the Presidio. However, when I need to do speed runs, I’ll run at the SF Municipal Pier, and Aquatic Park –> The run takes me through two different National Park Service sites – the San Francisco Maritime National Park, and different portions of the Golden Gate National Recreation Area, plus the Marina Green.

Address: Golden Gate National Recreation Area, 2905 Hyde St, San Francisco, CA 94109

Fun Facts :  The San Francisco Municipal Pier was built in the early 1930s as a recreational pier. Today it continues to be heavily used by anglers but also is heavily trafficked by joggers and tourists visiting the area. // Fort Mason was previously a US Army Post, from 1864-1966, and was designated a National Historical Landmark in 1985. During WWII, it was the Army’s designated logistics center for sending supplies to troops in the Pacific. // The Presidio is Home to the Letterman Digital Arts Center, where one can find a life size statue of Yoda; it’s also home to the Walt Disney Family Museum.

Distance: It can be as short as you want, or as long as you wish. Since I run at a leisurely pace, during my lunch hour, I get in about 2-3 miles in an out-and-back. However those with more time, or who wish to run longer distances can run to the Golden Gate Bridge, or get lost inside the Presidio. 

Difficulty: Fairly easy. There are some hills if you wish to run them. The one unavoidable hill is up to Fort Mason, yet, my guestimate for elevation is 30-40 feet at most for that hill.

Why You Love It: I love it because it’s right outside the door of my office. It’s a very scenic route, with views of the Golden Gate Bridge, or the San Francisco Bay. It’s full of people, but at the same time I feel like I have the whole route to myself.

Parking: I take public transportation to work, so I’ve never needed to park. However, there is street parking, and parking garages near by.
Favorite Place To Eat Post-Run: I run during my lunch hour (RUNCH), so I will bring my lunch. However for others, In-N-Out, Chipotle, and for the ultimate treat, ice cream at Ghirardelli Chocolates. Sometimes, I’ll grab a post run iced tea at the Starbucks on Beach and Hyde, featuring one of my favorite murals at a Starbucks.

A big thanks to Sarah for sharing her favorite run with us. We hope that this series turns into a list of super cool runs across the country and even internationally – that way if you are ever in the area you know of a recommended route from a fellow #teamsparkle member.

If you’d like to be featured on an upcoming Sparkle Athletic “Favorite Runs“ post, please email us at favoriteruns@sparkleathletic.com.

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