On Sunday, June 16, the 36th annual Wipro San Francisco Marathon will be run through the Golden Gate City. Last year's event saw two Americans finish first on the men's (Nathan Krah) and women's (Devon Crosby-Helms) side.
No non-American has won the event since Yoki Shibui of Japan won in 2009.
Can the Americans continue their dominance? We'll soon find out.
This video from Wipro on YouTube captures the runners and organizers' preparation for the event. It also takes you on a fast track through last year's race.
Here's how you can follow this year's action.
|Full Marathon||Embarcadero at Mission||5:30 a.m.|
|Awards Ceremony||Embarcadero at Howard||
The traditional ringing of the cable car bell will mark the beginning of the race.
Like any great marathon, this one takes runners through many of the city's greatest landmarks—a loop course that starts and finishes at the Embarcadero and runs throughout the city.
Per SFMarathon.com, the full marathon will pass through Fisherman's Wharf, the Marina and across the Golden Gate Bridge. This is just one of the awesome sites participants will take in during the race.
Runners will also move through the Presidio into Golden Gate Park. From there the course leads to Haight Street, the Mission, Potrero and the Mission Bay Districts.
How would you grade the scenery at the San Francisco Marathon?
Down the home stretch runners will pass AT&T Park, the home of the defending World Series champion San Francisco Giants. From there they must pass under the Bay Bridge and through to the finish line.
Click here to see course maps.
Per AccuWeather.com, it will be a cool, partly cloudy day in San Francisco. That could help runners produce solid times and conserve energy. The heat should not be a problem as the high is 68 degrees with a low of 54.
Click here for more information on the 2013 San Francisco Marathon.
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