San Francisco Marathon 2012: Why Event Has Something for Everyone

Mike Moraitis@@michaelmoraitisAnalyst IJuly 29, 2012

Dec 19, 2011; San Francisco, CA, USA; General view of the Golden Gate bridge and the downtown San Francisco skyline before the NFL game between the Pittsburgh Steelers and the San Francisco 49ers at Candlestick Park. Mandatory Credit: Kirby Lee/Image of Sport-US PRESSWIRE
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The 2012 San Francisco Marathon is set to take place on Sunday, and while avid racers from around the globe will participate in the event, there is still a little something for people of all ages.

Even if you aren't a world-class runner or an adult for that matter, you can still have a great time at this year's marathon.

Here's how.

A full list of events and their times can be found at TheSFMarathon.com.

Serious Runners

If you are a serious runner, then this marathon is certainly for you.

The full marathon is 26.2 miles long and gives a great view of San Francisco in the process, including a trip over the Golden Gate Bridge.

But again, this race won't be for the faint-hearted, as runners must keep up with an allotted pace. Those who cannot keep up with this pace will be unable to finish the race and aren't guaranteed a medal or official result.

The course is USATF-certified and is a qualifying race for the Boston Marathon.

Casual Runners

Those not as serious about their marathon careers can take part in one of two different events in the marathon. Either the first- or second-half marathons might be suitable for casual runners.

Each course consists of 13.1 miles of running and still allows for the viewing of some scenic masterpieces that San Francisco has to offer.

The first-half marathon will allow you to see the Golden Gate Bridge, while the second half will have you running through Golden Gate Park. No matter which race you choose, both will offer an equal-distance workout and stunning views along the way.

For the Kids

Yes, there is even something for the kids in the 2012 San Francisco Marathon, and that will be a welcomed surprise for parents looking to get their kids out of the house.

The Munchkin Kids Run consists of three different races, all of different distances.

Children can take part in the one-mile, half-mile or 100-yard dash, if they so choose. Either way, its a great chance for kids to get out of the house and get some exercise, while enjoying some healthy competition with fellow youngsters involved.