Kaiser Half Marathon and 5K neighborhood survival guide

Kaiser Half Marathon and 5K 2013 medalThe 30th annual Kaiser Permanente San Francisco Half Marathon and 5K Fun Run is coming to San Francisco’s Golden Gate Park and the Great Highway Sunday, Feb. 3.

That means not only a crowd of runners and onlookers, but also street closures, traffic and parking disruptions. Here’s what you need to know about how the Kaiser Half Marathon will affect the Ocean Beach neighborhood.

Kaiser Half Marathon timing and course

Both races start at 8 a.m. Sunday. Most participants will be done in three hours or less, but anyone still at it will have to move to adjacent running paths after 11 a.m.

The 5K run is actually 3.2 miles long so that 5K and marathon runners can share start and finish lines. The 5K course is entirely contained within Golden Gate Park, starting at John F. Kennedy Drive east of Stow Lake and finishing on Martin Luther King, Jr. Drive near the Great Highway.

The half-marathon start and finish are at the same place as the 5K, but the 13.1-mile course exits Golden Gate Park at the west end of JFK Drive, heads south along the Great Highway to a point west of the San Francisco Zoo south of Sloat Boulevard, and loops back north along the Great Highway to re-enter the park at JFK Drive.

Kaiser Half Marathon and 5K race results will be available online.

Kaiser Half Marathon traffic, parking and transit disruptions

The Great Highway will be closed until at least 11 a.m., and likely longer. Some parking will be restricted on Lower Great Highway near Lincoln Way, plus inside the park and in the main Ocean Beach parking lot across from the park.

Race organizers are providing some shuttles to and from the race, as detailed on the race website:

Pre-race shuttles to the start depart at 6:15 am – 7:15 am

  • from Fulton Street and the Great Highway
  • from the bus stop above the Cliff House

Post-race shuttles to start area for the Concourse Underground Garage and to the parking lots above the Cliff House depart at 8:30 am to 12:30 pm.

  • from Fulton Street and the Great Highway

Parking is LIMITED – car pooling and public transportation ARE HIGHLY RECOMMENDED

  • Free parking at the Great Highway parking lot with bus shuttles to the start.
  • Street parking north of the Great Highway parking lots (up to and above the Cliff House) with bus shuttles to the start.
  • Paid parking near the start at the Concourse Underground Garage. Enter via tunnel from Fulton Street at 10th Avenue with post-race shuttles back to Fulton and 8th Ave.

The races will affect Muni bus routes 18, 23, 33, 43 and 44. The San Francisco Municipal Transportation Agency has more information:

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  • Bus routes: 18, 23, 33, 43, 44
  • Area Affected: East end of Golden Gate Park, Great Highway
  • Date: Sunday, Feb. 3, 2013
  • Time: start of service to noon

Due to the San Francisco Half Marathon, Muni will reroute as follows:

Line Affected Times Affected Stops Affected Alternate Stops
18 46th Avenue toward the Richmond District 7:30 a.m. until noon
  • 46th at Lincoln Way.
  • Lincoln Way at Great Highway.
  • Great Highway between Lincoln and Fulton.
  • 46th at Irving.
  • La Playa after Fulton.
18 46th Avenue toward San Francisco State University 7:30 a.m. until noon
  • Fulton at Great Highway.
  • Great Highway between Fulton and Lincoln.
  • Lincoln Way at La Playa.
  • La Playa after Cabrillo.
  • 46th after Lincoln Way.
23 Monterey 7:30 a.m. until noon
  • Great Highway and Sloat.
  • Sloat after 47th, south side of Sloat.
  • Sloat after 47th, north side of Sloat.
  • Sloat after 45th.
33 Stanyan toward Presidio Heights 7:30 until 10 a.m.
  • All stops on Haight.
  • All stops on Stanyan.
  • Ashbury and Haight.
  • Fulton and Stanyan.
33 Stanyan toward San Francisco General Hospital 7:30 until 10 a.m.
  • All stops on Stanyan.
  • All stops on Haight.
  • Fulton and Stanyan, 5 Route stop, southeast corner.
  • Ashbury and Waller.
43 Masonic toward the Marina District 7:30 until 10 a.m.
  • Masonic after Haight.
  • Masonic and Oak.
  • 71 Route stop on south side of Haight after Masonic.
  • Masonic after Hayes.
43 Masonic toward the Outer Mission District 7:30 until 10 a.m.
  • Masonic at Hayes.
  • Masonic after Oak.
  • Masonic at Haight.
  • Masonic at Fulton.
  • 71 Route stop on north side of Haight after Masonic.
44 O’Shaughnessy toward the Richmond District Start of service until 10 a.m.
  • 9th after Irving.
  • 9th at Lincoln.
  • California Academy of Sciences.
  • 9th at Judah.
  • 8th after Fulton.
44 O’Shaughnessy toward Hunter’s Point Start of service until 10 a.m.
  • 8th after Cabrillo.
  • 8th at Fulton.
  • DeYoung Museum.
  • 9th after Lincoln.
  • Cabrillo after 6th.
  • Park Presidio at Fulton, 28 Route stop.
  • 9th after Irving.

Note: Muni vehicles stop only at existing marked Muni stops. Reroutes over streets not normally served by Muni will operate non-stop over those streets. Exceptions to this policy, if any, would be noted above as “temporary stop.”

Note: All times shown on this page are for expected effects on Muni service, not for the event or activity itself. Events or activities may start or end earlier or later than the times shown. All times are subject to change based on actual conditions. Reroutes may be added, removed or changed, also based on actual conditions.

Official Kaiser Half Marathon course map

Kaiser Half Marathon and 5K 2013 course map San Francisco by Ocean Beach Bulletin

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