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3 Perfect Runs In S.F. — Ready, Set, Go!

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Elite runners and newbie joggers have always flocked to San Francisco to get their training on — the city boasts some close-to-perfect conditions. We have totally tolerable weather (fog beats heat when you’re working out), a varied terrain that prevents boredom, and inspiring views that make you want to keep on truckin’.
Since bounding down neighborhood streets can get crowded, you should consider getting your sweat on off-road — like underneath the city’s towering Cypress trees or along a breezy bay-side trail. So, whether you just bought your first pair of neutral-support running shoes or you’re training for a half marathon, we’ve mapped out three routes (beginner, intermediate, and advanced) for you. Let's do this!
Easy_TrailFor Novice Runners, Crissy Field, 2.6 miles
If you’re new to jogging, you’ll want to find a route that’s appropriate for your skill level. Most experts will tell beginners to shoot for anywhere between 15 to 30 minutes of run-walking, and this path falls right in that sweet spot. One of the best, easy-to-tackle jaunts starts where the San Francisco Bay Trail and Golden Gate Promenade intersect in Crissy Field (you can access it from the Sports Basement on Mason Road). Start your workout heading west on a dirt trail, passing former airplane hangars, Angel Island, the Golden Gate Bridge, and the vast waterfront. Continue until you hit Fort Point (take a moment to watch the surf crash against the rocks), then loop around and head back, this time traversing slightly further south on Battery East Trail. Take a sharp left at Long Avenue, then take Marine Drive all the way home. This 2.6-mile stretch is great for newbies, but it can get windy depending on which direction you’re facing, so dress the part.
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