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14 - 15 Oct 2017
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A group of runners crossing the streets of San Francisco. Virgin Sport SF.

SATURDAY TWIN PEAKS

Virgin Sport will be providing free shuttles in between Civic Center Plaza and Twin Peaks on Saturday morning - see below for the schedule. Note: there is no parking at Twin Peaks, so if you prefer getting there yourself we recommend ride shares. The first wave begins at 9am, and we recommend arriving at least forty-five minutes before your assigned wave - and strongly recommend coming to watch all four! 

A group of runners crossing the streets of San Francisco. Virgin Sport SF.
A view of San Francisco. Virgin Sport SF
A group of runners hanging out in the streets of San Francisco. Virgin Sport SF.

SUNDAY SF BAY HALF

We recommend arriving by 6:00am, giving you one hour to drop off your bag, meet your friends, and get settled before the Half starts at 7:00am. A number of road closures around Civic Center Plaza (see this map here) will be in place beginning Saturday the 14th—allow plenty of time to get to the start!

Note: most public transportation will not be in operation that early, so please factor this into you and yours travel plans and remember travel details, like the weather, are subject to change. We recommend driving, ride shares, the shuttle if you’re coming from out of the city, or walking to the start at1 Dr Carlton B Goodlett Place - read more below!

TRANSPORTATION

We'll be providing complimentary shuttles in between Civic Center Plaza and Twin Peaks on Saturday morning! The Civic Center pick up/drop off location will be at14 Hyde Street and the Twin Peaks drop off/pick up location will be at 99 O’Shaughnessy Blvd.

Here's the schedule:

  DEPARTURE TIME - FROM CIVIC CENTER  DEPARTURE TIME - FROM TWIN PEAKS 
1ST SHUTTLE  7:40AM 10:00AM
2ND SHUTTLE 8:00AM 10:30AM
3RD SHUTTLE 8:20AM 11:00AM
4TH SHUTTLE 8:40AM 11:30AM
5TH SHUTTLE 9:00AM 12:00PM

 

If you're coming from Oakland, Larkspur or Diridon, you can book a bus shuttle at virginsportsf.bus.com, which will drop you off at 14 Hyde Street.

There are several SFMTA MUNI lines near Civic Center Plaza with early Sunday morning hours: J, K, L, N, T, 5, 14, 19, 21. Be advised that schedules may change - reference the Muni Weekend Frequency Guide.

There are two lines that run near Civic Center Plaza: 70, 101.

We love our cyclists - we've partnered with the SF Bike Coalition to provide you a free Bike Valet service at Twin Peaks and Civic Center Plaza!

Check out our handy map with all the street closure info you'll need to know for the Festival of Fitness weekend.

To reserve your parking spot for the SF Bay Half, visit the SF Bay Half SpotHero Parking Page and book a spot with rates up to 50% off drive-up.

We suggest polite conversation with your driver and for them to drop you off at one of these locations:

  • Hyde & McAllister–55 Hyde St
  • 9th St just before Market–2 9th St

Go the extra mile (or a few more) -  the official SF Bay Half Start Line Address is at 1 Dr Carlton B Goodlett Place,

For more information on disability accessibility, please refer to the  Muni and Bart ADA pages for how to get there.

Accessible Parking is in Civic Center Plaza garage, which can be accessed from 4am – 6am or 8am – 1pm for $15.

For further help with accessibility, contact [email protected].

WHERE TO STAY

Our partners at the The Westin St. Francis have reserved a block for Virgin Sporters at a special rate. Click to book your room!

RACE DAY CHECKLIST

So you booked your place months ago and now the big day is fast approaching. Whatever your reason for running, you are going to be awesome on race day! Take some time to prepare for the day ahead, so that you enjoy every second. We’re with you every step of the way, so here’s a few Top Tips and handy hints – because we’re nice like that!

A checklist to get ready for a race. Virgin Sport.

RACE DAY CHECKLIST

So you booked your place months ago and now the big day is fast approaching. Whatever your reason for running, you are going to be awesome on race day! Take some time to prepare for the day ahead, so that you enjoy every second. We’re with you every step of the way, so here’s a few Top Tips and handy hints – because we’re nice like that!

THE NIGHT BEFORE

  • Lay out your running gear and pin your race number to your top with the safety pins in your race pack. Race day is NOT the day to try out those brand new shorts or vest!
  • Start hydrating, avoid alcohol and drink water with your meal

  • Check the weather forecast – do you need a hat, sunglasses and sunscreen, or your wet weather gear? Be prepared!

  • Make sure you know your route to the starte and you know how long it will take you to get there on Sunday morning. Plan your journey based on arriving at Civic Center Plaza by least 6am.

  • Have you told your family / friends / cheer-squad where to meet you before and after the race or even better out on course?

  • Pack your race day bag – it could be chilly after the race, so you’ll need a comfy change of clothes, a drink and snack to keep you going.

RACE DAY

  • Arrive to Civic Center Plaza with plenty of time to drop your bag, visit the toilet, do a warm up, and arrange where to meet your supporters after race. When you’re ready, make your way to your assigned start pep (see the letter on your bib if you can’t remember)

  • On race day, stick to your normal running pace; don’t race off too fast.

  • Only take a drink on course if you need one, drink to thirst throughout the race and trust in the training plan you’ve worked towards

  • Give spectators a high five as you run past – a timely cheer may be just what you need when legs are beginning to tire.

  • When you finish the race, you’ll collect your medal, tote bag and snacks. Keep walking, go for a gentle jog, put on your new SF Bay Half hoodie and visit our Beer Garden and Off the Grid food trucks!

  • Finally, wear that awesome medal with pride – you smashed it! Well Done!