Best Marathon - 2008
The San Francisco Marathon
As the warmer months approach, the race is on for your marathon money, with an onslaught of organizations wanting you to compete in their runs. Upward of 15,000 people hit the pavement every year for the city's most scenic sprint, though — the San Francisco Marathon. Although we prefer the half portion to the full (13.1 miles versus 26.2 miles), the course is stunning no matter how long you can withstand feeling your muscles burn. At an hour too early for the tourists, racers can enjoy their San Francisco postcard moments minus the (nonathletic) crowds, with a course that winds by the Ferry Building, Fisherman's Wharf, Crissy Field, the Golden Gate Bridge, the Presidio, and Golden Gate Park, among other historic locales.