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San Francisco Marathon street closures and Muni disruptions

Public transit will be your best bet this Sunday

People running in the SF marathon on a street lined with trees.
San Francisco Marathon participants.
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Sunday, July 28, marks the 42nd annual San Francisco Marathon. Up to 27,000 participants are expected and take to the streets. For those of not hoofing it in the annual race around town, take note of Muni disruptions and the many street closures happening.

Also of note: Sunday is a game day at Oracle Park and Up Your Alley in SoMa. Expect traffic to be even more congested than usual.

Route

The annual San Francisco Marathon will begin from the Embarcadero and Mission Street at 5:30 a.m., with staggered starts from 5:30 a.m. until 6:30 a.m. Starting at Mission and the Embarcadero, the race will head along the waterfront north toward Fisherman’s Wharf before turning west into Fort Mason and the Marina. The race will take runners across the iconic Golden Gate Bridge (note: the bridge will be open during the entire race to vehicular traffic), back again, through the Presidio, and toward Golden Gate Park. After hoofing through the Golden Gate Park, runners will pass through the Haight, head to the Mission, and make their way east into Potrero Hill. The final leg of the race happens along the waterfront, around AT&T Park before ending on the Embarcadero at Folsom Street.

Phew.

Map of the San Francisco Marathon 2019
Map of the SF Marathon’s full course.
San Francisco Marathon full course map.
Map from SF Marathon
Street closures

The Embarcadero – 12:01 a.m. to 2:45 p.m.

  • Northbound Embarcadero/King St. will be closed from Third Street to Broadway.
  • Southbound Embarcadero will be closed from Broadway to Harrison.

Fisherman’s Wharf – 5 a.m. to 7:30 a.m.

  • On Jefferson Street between Northpoint and Hyde, no vehicles will be allowed.
  • Golden Gate Bridge Roadway Lanes – 1 a.m. to 10 a.m.
  • Southbound traffic: from 1 a.m. to 10 a.m., expect delays crossing the Golden Gate Bridge. There will be southbound traffic lanes open at all times.
  • Northbound traffic: from 6 a.m. to 9 a.m., all northbound traffic will be closed across the Golden Gate Bridge. Vehicles should use the Bay Bridge to the Richmond-San Rafael Bridge instead.
  • Northbound traffic will resume by 9 a.m.. The entire roadway will return to normal operation by 10 a.m.

Golden Gate Bridge exit and parking area – 12 a.m. to 10 a.m.

  • Please see this 2019 press release for more info.
  • The last northbound San Francisco exit, off Doyle Drive and just before the toll plaza, will be closed from midnight to 10:00 am.
  • The southeast parking lot will also be closed from midnight to 10:00 am.
  • The first southbound exit after the toll plaza onto Merchant Road will have no access beyond the toll plaza itself and no access into the Presidio from Midnight to 10:00 am.
  • Vista Point exit (northeast side) and the Vista Point parking lot will be closed from midnight to 10:00 am.

Presidio and Golden Gate National Recreation Area – 12 a.m. to 10 a.m.

  • From midnight to 10:00am, there will be no access to the Golden Gate Bridge through the Presidio.
  • Lincoln Blvd. and all intersections onto Lincoln Blvd. from the 25th Ave. gate to Lendrum Ct. will be closed from4:30 am to 10:00am.
  • Baker Beach residents may enter and exit the housing areas via the service road from Battery Caulfield. Traffic will be allowed access and egress from Brooks Court and Baker Court via Lincoln Blvd..
  • Mason Street and all intersections onto Mason Street will be closed from the Marina Gate to Crissy Field Avenue from 4:30 am to 10:00am.
  • Crissy Field Avenue will be closed from 4:30 am to 10:00am.

Richmond District – 6 a.m. to 10 a.m.

  • Eastbound and Westbound Vehicle Traffic should expect delays at 26th Ave. and 27th Ave.
  • 26th and 27th Avenues from Fulton Street to Lake Street closed to through traffic. Cross traffic will be allowed intermittently on California, Clement, Geary, Balboa or Cabrillo. Expect significant delays.
  • Residents west of 27th Avenue are encouraged to use the Great Highway.

Sunset and Richmond Districts – 6 a.m. to 11:30 a.m.

  • North and south access through Golden Gate Park should use Great Highway, Kezar, or 19th Avenue/Park Presidio. Expect significant delays.
  • In Golden Gate Park, southbound Crossover Dr., JFK Dr. from Great Highway to Kezar, MLK Jr. Way from Lincoln to Crossover Dr., Transverse Dr., and Stow Lake Dr. will be closed from 5:00 am to approx. 11:30 am.

Upper Haight Street – 6:30 a.m. to 11:30 a.m.

  • North and south access across Upper Haight Street should use Kezar Drive (from or to Lincoln off Oak and Fell). Expect significant delays.

Lower Haight Street – 6:30 a.m. to 11:45 a.m.

  • North and south access across Lower Haight Street should use Steiner or Fillmore. Expect significant delays.

Market Street – 6:30 a.m. to noon

  • Westbound and Eastbound travel on, and access to, Market Street at Duboce Ave. and Guerrero Street should expect significant delays.

Mission & Potrero Districts: 15th, 16th, & 17th Streets – 6:45 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.

  • Northbound and southbound traffic needing to cross over 15th, 16th, and 17th streets should use Highway 280 or Highway 101 whenever possible. Crossovers are also available at some city streets where significant delays should be expected: Valencia, South Van Ness, Folsom, Bryant, or Potrero Street.

Third Street Detour – 7 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.

  • Impacted between 20th and 23rd Streets.
  • Southbound traffic should use westbound 20th Street overpass to southbound Pennsylvania Street to eastbound 23rd Street to Third Street. Northbound traffic should use Cesar Chavez to northbound Pennsylvania Street to eastbound 20th Street to Third Street. Expect significant delays.

South Beach Area – 7 am to 12:30 pm

  • Terry Francois Blvd. will be closed.
Munin bus reroutes

The following routes will be rerouted on Sunday:

  • 6 Parnassus
  • 7 Haight
  • 10 Townsend,
  • 22 Fillmore
  • 24 Divisadero
  • 28 19th Avenue
  • 29 Sunset
  • 33 Ashbury/18th Street,
  • 37 Corbett
  • 43 Masonic
  • 44 O’Shaughnessy
  • 48 Quintara/24th Street
  • 55 16th Street routes will be rerouted.

There will be no 43 Masonic service between Fort Mason and the Golden Gate Bridge from beginning of service until 10 a.m. There will be no 19th Avenue or 29 Sunset service to Baker Beach until 10 a.m.

And finally, while the noted span will remain open during the race, the Golden Gate Bridge sidewalks will be closed from 5 a.m. to 10 a.m.