The San Francisco Giants Half Marathon is far and away one of my favorite “local” races. Even if I didn’t live close I would travel to this race. I have ran the Giant Race for the last 3 years. The race is always super well organized and the finish line is ON THE FIELD at AT&T Park, home of the San Francisco Giants.
I lived roughly 45 minutes away from AT&T Park, so I still consider this race local. They offer a 5k, 10k, half marathon and kids events. The 10k and half marathon both start at 7am. The 5k and family events don’t start until 10am.
I made a cape to wear to help me fly to the finish line and paired it with my INKnBURN Skeleton capris.
The course is partly loop with a few miles being an out and back.
You start right outside AT&T Park and run down the Embacadero.
We pass the Bay Bridge.
The Ferry Building.
The turn around spot is in Chrissy Field right near the base of the Golden Gate Bridge.
I got photobombed and she didn’t even know it. Haha
You can see Alcatraz out in the Bay.
And the city skyline.
It is San Francisco, so the course does have a few hills, but for the most part the course is decently flat.
I’m not sure what I did differently in this race than any of my other races, but from about mile 10 on I had a horrible side stitch problem. It was super painful. I walked a couple times to dig my fingers around my ribs and try to massage and stretch it out while breathing deep. That would only help for a minute of two though. I was very happy when I could see the stadium.
BEST. FINISH LINE. EVER.
A medal pic with the JumboTron in the background.
A post race viewing of the World Series trophies?!?!? Yes please!
My sister was suppose to do the 10k, but broke her foot and is still in a boot. She came to cheer me on still though.
I recommend the Giant Race race to anyone thinking about it. It is my favorite San Francisco race and in my top 3 Bay Area races.
Have you ran the Giant Race?