The San Francisco Giants Half Marathon- #GiantRace

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.

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Not an awesome photo, but the only pre-race one I had. Haha!

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.

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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.  

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We pass the Bay Bridge.

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The Ferry Building.

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Fisherman’s Wharf 

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Ghirardelli Square.

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The turn around spot is in Chrissy Field right near the base of the Golden Gate Bridge.

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I got photobombed and she didn’t even know it. Haha

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You can see Alcatraz out in the Bay.

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And the city skyline.

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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.

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BEST. FINISH LINE. EVER.

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A medal pic with the JumboTron in the background.

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A post race viewing of the World Series trophies?!?!? Yes please! 

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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. 

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 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.  

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Have you ran the Giant Race?

7 COMMENTS

  1. bmayekawa77 | 12th Sep 14

    This was my first year running it and I loved it! I struggled a little bit with pains near the end, but the important thing is that I finished!

    I actually flew in from Kansas City for it. I was born in San Jose and still have family living in the Bay Area, so my girlfriend and I flew in, stayed with my sister, ran the race, and left the following day! My very first half marathon and I am looking to train harder and run more :). If you want, check my blog and I did a little write up about it!

    • Half Crazy Mama | 12th Sep 14

      Awesome! Congrats! I truly love this race. I have ran races all over the country and the Giant Race is always on the top of my list.

  2. Rosemary | 12th Sep 14

    I had a side pain too! It might have been the smell ~BUT i loved it! I never found the trophies! Still bumped about it! Reason to do it again next year!

    • Half Crazy Mama | 12th Sep 14

      Glad you had fun!! The trophies were hiding under the big Coke bottle slide in that area. I had to hunt for them too 🙂

  3. nicoleoneal | 13th Sep 14

    Definitely want to try this one next year . Thanks for the recap! I think that has sealed the deal. Do you remember what month registration opens?

    • Half Crazy Mama | 13th Sep 14

      I believe registration opened in April, but not entirely positive. I didn’t register until early June though. It doesn’t sell out super fast like some other races. 🙂

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