San Francisco Marathon 2012: Where and When to Watch All the Action

Donald Wood@@Donald_WoodFeatured ColumnistJuly 29, 2012

LONDON, ENGLAND - APRIL 22:  The Celebrities wave before their start during the Virgin London Marathon 2012 on April 22, 2012 in London, England.  (Photo by Christopher Lee/Getty Images)
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With the 2012 Summer Olympics underway, the excitement over Sunday’s San Francisco Marathon is through the roof.

While many of the best runners in the world are in London representing their nation, there are a plethora of runners from all walks of life looking to make their mark and qualify for the Boston Marathon or just get in some good experience.

No matter why they race, the competition is sure to be some of the fiercest on the planet. With a wide-open chance for a new runner to shine, it will be interesting to see who steps up.


When: Sunday, July 29

Where: San Francisco

Start Time: 8:30 - 9:45 a.m. ET


What We’re Watching

The Full Marathon

There is nothing quite like the thrill of the 26.2 standard marathon, especially as it makes its way through the beautiful city of San Francisco.

With a qualifying position for the Boston Marathon hanging in the balance and a majority of the biggest names in the sport in London for the Olympics, now is the time for an unknown star to step up and shine.

There is beautiful weather on the horizon, so the runners will have all the chances in the world to run their best times. I fully expect a relative unknown to come out and run the best race of their life.


52.4-Mile Ultramarathon

There is nothing more impressive than someone running a 26.2-mile marathon in a record time, or at least that is what I thought until I saw the word ”Ultramarthon.”

This is absolutely insane.

Starting at midnight on the Pacific, many runners will start a 26.2-mile marathon. That will be the FIRST of two marathons these special athletes will tackle Sunday.

As the main San Francisco Marathon kicks off, these runners will join in as well and do back-to-back marathons. That’s an amazing 52.4 miles!


Munchkin Kids Run

San Francisco has always been a forward-thinking city, and their Munchkin Kid’s Run is something that makes the fun city even more likeable. Who wouldn’t love a children’s marathon?

The San Francisco Marathon’s official site is reporting on what the winners get and where all the money raised is donated:

All children will receive a T-shirt, our signature Dog-Tag medal, bib, and finish line food and Safeway Refreshe Water. Proceeds benefit The San Francisco Child Abuse Prevention Center.

As much as the marathon is always associated with intense competition, watching the children have fun and find enjoyment in exercise is something more parents should get their kids involved in.

More exercise for kids is a good thing.