San Francisco Marathon: What to Avoid

Sunday, Jul 31, 2011  |  Updated 7:49 AM PDT
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San Francisco Marathon: What to Avoid


The people in charge of traffic in the city of San Francisco are warning drivers that this will be a challenging day to navigate the streets of San Francisco.

Some 20,000 runners are making their way through the City Sunday as they complete a 26.2 mile tour.

Another 100,000 are supposed to be out there watching them. The race starts and ends along the Embarcadero with the route going across the Golden Gate Bridge and into Golden Gate Park at one point or another.

Here is the 411 from the SFMTA:

 SF Marathon

On Sunday the annual San Francisco Marathon will begin from The Embarcadero and Mission at 5:30 a.m., with staggered starts until 6:30 a.m. The race route will loop north along The Embarcadero, through the Presidio, the outer Richmond District, Golden Gate Park, the Haight, the Mission District, Inner Bayview and back to The Embarcadero.  An attendance of up to 20,000 runners is expected.

 From midnight, Saturday to 2:30 p.m., Sunday, the following street closures are required:

  • Northbound Embarcadero between Broadway and King Street
  • King Street between northbound Embarcadero and 3rd Street
  • Steuart Street between Howard Street and the Southerly Terminus
  • Eastbound Howard Street between The Embarcadero and Spear Street
  • Southbound Embarcadero between Broadway and Harrison Street

 Various additional street closures will be required between 5 a.m. to 12:15 p.m. throughout the race route including in the Presidio and Golden Gate Park. A detailed list with suggested detours can be found at

 The following Muni routes and lines will be affected:

F Market                                 K Ingleside                            L Taraval

M Ocean View                      N Judah                                 T Third

1 California                           2 Clement                             5 Fulton

6 Parnassus                         9 San Bruno                         10 Townsend

12 Folsom/Pacific                14/14L Mission                     14L Mission Limited

19 Polk                                   22 Fillmore                            24 Divisadero

27 Bryant                               28 19th Avenue                   29 Sunset

31 Balboa                              33 Stanyan                           37 Corbett

38 Geary                                39 Coit                                   43 Masonic

44 O’Shaughnessy             47 Van Ness                         48 Quintara

49 Van Ness                         71 Haight/Noriega               76 Marin Headlands

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