Need parking for The San Francisco Marathon? We’ve got you covered!
July 23rd, 2017 marks the 40th Anniversary of The San Francisco Marathon (Full Marathon, Half Marathon, 5K and Ultramarathon). Over 27,000 runners will fill the streets running past beautiful landmarks like the Golden Gate Bridge, Fisherman’s Wharf and the Embarcadero.
Whether you’re a runner or spectator, here is everything you need to know for parking on race day!
- Schedule of wave starts
- Course map
- Best spectator locations
- Road closures
- App & other resources
Due to many street closures and heavy traffic, you’ll want to be sure to reserve parking for The San Francisco Marathon in advance with SpotHero.
Parking for the 1st Half and 2nd Half Marathon
The 1st Half and 2nd Half Marathon end and start in the Golden Gate Park, respectively. These runners are encouraged to reserve parking near the Main Start Line on Embarcadero and take their respective runner shuttles between their start and finish lines. You can find information on shuttles here.
Explore the map below for top locations and rates.
The San Francisco Marathon uses a wave start system for each of its distances on Race Morning. The Full Marathon (and 1st Half Marathon) has eight waves that begin at the following times:
Wave 1 Invited Athletes – 5:30 a.m.
Wave 2 – 5:32 a.m.
Wave 3 – 5:42 a.m.
Wave 4 – 5:52 a.m.
Wave 5 – 6:02 a.m.
Wave 6 – 6:12 a.m.
Wave 7 – 6:22 a.m.
Wave 8 – 6:32 a.m.
Full Marathon runners must enter their designated wave from Southbound Embarcadero at the following intersections:
Wave 1: Mission St.
Wave 2, 3, 4: Howard St.
Wave 5, 6: Folsom St.
Wave 7, 8: Harrison St.
An in-depth wave overview and schedule for all distances can be viewed here.
The Main Start Line
5:30 a.m. at Mission Street and The Embarcadero San Francisco, California 94105
The Main Finish Line
Folsom Street and The Embarcadero, San Francisco, California 94105
The Full Marathon course takes runners through a loop in San Francisco running past landmarks like the Coit Tower and AT&T Park and unique neighborhoods like Haight-Ashbury and The Mission. Check out the course map below or here.
Main Marathon Start Line: The Embarcadero and Mission St.
Mile 0.9: Embarcadero at Sansone St.
Mile 2.9: Laguna St. at Marina Blvd.
Mile 4.5: Sports Basement Presidio (Old Mason St.)
1st Half Marathon Finish Line: Golden Gate Park (John F. Kennedy Dr. at 14th Ave.)
2nd Half Marathon Start: Golden Gate Park (John F Kennedy Dr. and 47th Ave.)
Mile 14.9: Martin Luther King Jr. Dr. at Metson Rd.
Mile 16.9: Stow Lake Boathouse (Stow Lake Dr. at Boathouse)
Mile 17.9: John F. Kennedy Dr. at 8th Ave.
Mile 18.4: John F. Kennedy Dr. and Conservatory Dr. E
Mile 18.9: Kezar Tunnel in Golden Gate Park (Alvord Lake Tunnel, West of Kezar Dr.)
Mile 20.1: Pierce St. at Haight St. and Waller St.
Mile 21.8: 16th St. and Florida St.
Mile 21.8: 16th St. and Bryant St.
Mile 23.0: Marisposa St. and Pennsylvania Ave.
Mile 23.4: Indiana St. and 19th St.
Mile 23.7: 20th St. and Illinois St.
Mile 23.8: 19th St. and Illinois St.
Mile 23.9: Illinois St. and Terry A Francois Blvd.
Mile 24.3: Aqua Vista Park
Main Marathon Finish Line: The Embarcadero and Folsom St.
Note: All miles are approximate and based on the Full Marathon course. Learn more race day spectator information here.
The whole city will be watching on race day. If you want to get around during the marathon, take note of road closures and detours on the map below. A list of all road closures and detour routes can be viewed here.
Stay connected all weekend long with The San Francisco Marathon Race App, Powered by Fitbit. From runner tracking to a customized finisher’s badge to important race weekend information, the free app (for iOS and Android) provides a world-class experience for runners and spectators alike. View the Race App page for more information.