Droves of marathoners will descend upon the City by the Bay on Sunday, July 27, for the 2014 San Francisco Marathon. This is the 37th year the annual event has taken place, and it has never been a bigger deal than it is this year.
Per the Mission Local, more than 25,000 people are expected to participate in the event. The race expo and charitable aspects have always made it popular among casual marathoners, but because it also serves as a qualifying event for the Boston Marathon, the race has significance to serious runners as well.
Here are the particulars.
When: Sunday, July 27, at 8:30 a.m. ET (5:30 a.m. locally)
Where: San Francisco, California
All of the runners have a reason for participating, but 53-year-old Ronnie Goodman has a special cause. Goodman is an artist who is currently homeless. He is running to raise money for Hospitality House and other support groups like the Community Arts Program.
Organizers of the marathon are partnering with Goodman to boost his efforts.
He has created a custom art piece that is going to be raffled off at the event. The proceeds from the raffle will be given to the Hospitality House. You can follow the hashtag #RunwithRonnie on Twitter for updates on his progress.
Here's a video featuring Goodman explaining why he runs.
The San Francisco Marathon is a 26.2-mile race with varying levels of elevation. At its high point, a portion of the course is run at just under 300 feet above sea level, per the event's official site.
The race features a loop course. Part of the appeal is the plentiful landmarks and historical sites featured throughout the course.
It begins at the Ferry Building, and runners will race along the Embarcadero. The race continues through Fisherman's Wharf and the Marina. The journey then leads across the Golden Gate Bridge and down the Presidio along the ocean.
Toward the end, runners will race by AT&T Park, up the Bay Bridge and back to the Ferry Building for the conclusion.
Per Weather.com, the forecast is looking outstanding for the marathon. The high will be 73 degrees and the skies should be mostly sunny.
There will be a 12 mph wind, but then again, this is San Francisco. No one should expect anything less this time of year. Whether you're a spectator or participant of any level of interest, the stage is set for an entertaining day.