Apr 3 2016

San Francisco: Event Details


March 29, 2015–Race Day


  • Location: Great Highway & Fulton St.
  • Time: 6:30 am (subject to change)



  • Location: Civic Center Plaza


Interactive Course Map

2015 Course Map PDF

2015 Course Support

Pace Team

2015 Road Closures

2015 On Course Porta Potty Map

2015 Course Entertainment

Course Cut-off and Diversion:

  • 7:45 AM MILE 4 (Golden Gate Bridge Entrance): Participants must be at the Golden Gate Bridge entrance BY 7: 45 AM. If cut-off, they can divert to the east walkway on the Golden Gate Bridge until 8:10am.  Walkers arriving after 8:10am will be diverted to continue on Lincoln Blvd. In order to give participants the best opportunity to make this time line, we will be hosting a 6:15 am early start for those with a projected finish time of 3:30 or greater.
  • 7: 45 AM MILE 6 Vista Point: At mile 6 (north side of Golden Gate Bridge) participants will be diverted to the east pedestrian path of the Bridge.


2015 Transportation Information

Click here to view the 2015 Parking & Transportation Guide


Great Highway & Fulton St. (1000 Great Highway)


Pre-race shuttles to the Start Line are for participants only.  A race bib will be required to board the shuttle. Shuttles are in place to take participants to the Start Line from the following pickup locations:

CIVIC CENTER PLAZA (Grove St. & Polk St.)

Starting at 4:30am and running continuously until 5:45am. Note the ride time from Civic Center Plaza to the start line is approximately 30 minutes.

FISHERMAN’S WHARF (2620 Jones St.)

Starting at 4:30am and running in 15 minute increments until 5:30am. You MUST reserve your shuttle time at the Health & Fitness Expo if you plan on riding from Fisherman’s Wharf. Stop by the “Shuttles” Booth to pick up your bib sticker for the shuttle you would like to take. A limited number of riders will be allowed for each time slot. Ride time from Note the ride time from Fisherman’s Wharf to the start line is approximately 40-50 minutes.



Reserved Parking is available for sale online. Parking garages are within walking distance of Civic Center Plaza and prices vary. Participants need to walk from their parking garage to Civic Center Plaza to catch the shuttles to the Start Line.

Spectator Shuttle from Civic Center Plaza

New in 2015! Our spectator shuttle which will take participants from Civic Center Plaza location starting at 6am and dropped off between Kobbe Ave and Hitchcock street where participants will walk a short distance to Lincoln Blvd to view runners before mile 3 on course. It is a 30 minute trip to the spectator area from Civic Center Plaza. Please note: if your runner is under a 2 hour pace you will need to be on the first shuttle back to see them finish. Last pick up from the spectator location will be at 7:30am.

Pick Up at Civic Center Plaza

  • 6: 00 AM
  • 6:30 AM

Personalize your Bib Number!

You can submit 12 characters (including spaces) to be printed on your bib number when you register online before the event deadline. Simply type your message into the Personalize your Bib field during registration. Beware of using symbols as not all symbols will print correctly on bib numbers.

How to Register

Registering is easy! You may register for any Rock ‘n’ Roll Marathon in two ways.

  1. Register Online
  2. Request an entry form by mail. Please contact us and we will be happy to mail a form to you. All registrations submitted by paper entry form will be charged a $15 Green Fee for processing. We do not accept phone entries.

Please enter only once. If you fax or register online, do not mail a hard copy. Do not send multiple faxes or online entries.

Making Corral Changes

The start line corral system allows for a smooth race start for participants of varying levels. Based on the estimated finish time that you provide on your race entry form, you are assigned a race number and corresponding corral, with other participants of similar running pace.

  • Before the event deadline: If you would like to change your corral/predicted finish time for your race, simply email this request along with your first name, last name, the mailing address that you registered with, and your new predicted finish time to Customer Service.
  • After the event deadline: If your training has gone better than expected, and you would like to move up to a faster corral, pick up your race number at the Health & Fitness Expo and then proceed to the “Corral Change” table to be re-assigned to the appropriate corral. To move back to a slower corral, simply start in that corral on race morning. No official corral change is necessary.

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Race Rules

  • Entry fees are non-refundable and non-transferable. No exceptions.
  • Once we receive and accept your entry, you will not receive a refund if you cannot participate, you may not give or sell your race number to anyone else, and you may not transfer your entry fee to future races.
  • If you attempt to sell your race number, you may be banned from future Competitor Group events for three years.
  • You must be at least 12 years old to participate in the Half Marathon.
  • You must be in good health and physically prepared to take on the challenge of a Half Marathon.
  • You must show photo ID to receive your race number and timing chip.
  • You must pick up your own race packet and race number at the Health & Fitness Expo.
  • Race numbers are required to participate.
  • No coaches, handcycles, bikes, in-line skates, skateboards, baby joggers or dogs will be allowed on the course. For more information about handcycles, click here.


We’ve Got Your Back If You Can’t Make It

Good news! The Transamerica Rock ‘n’ Roll Half Marathon San Francisco is providing you with complimentary Registration Refund at no additional cost for this event only. With our Registration Refund Program you can request a 100% refund of your registration fee, including processing fees, if you are unable to participate due to a specific covered reason such as injury, illness, and unexpected travel delays. Here is a list of what is covered:

Injury, unforeseen illness, involuntary job loss, unexpected covered travel delays, pregnancy, childbirth, job relocation, deployment while on active military duty, or injury, illness or childbirth occurring to your family member.

This program is administered by Stonebridge Benefit Services and is subject to terms and conditions. For complete details including how to request a refund click here.

Please note that refund requests will not be processed until after the event date. Refunds are only possible if you have not participated in the event due to a covered reason.

If you are not covered by the Registration Refund Program in regards to your cancellation, entry fees are NON-REFUNDABLE and entries are NON-TRANSFERABLE. Sorry, no exceptions. Once we receive and accept your entry, you will not receive a refund if you cannot participate. You may not give or sell your number to anyone else. You also may not transfer your application to the following year or another Competitor Group event.

Course Time Limits

To ensure that roads reopen to vehicular traffic at the scheduled times, the course time limits will be STRICTLY ENFORCED. Participants must maintain a pace faster than the course time limits in order to complete the race on closed city streets. A cut-off location will be enforced on the course; runners or walkers who do not reach the cut-off location by this time will be stopped and shuttled to the finish line area. Please note – this is timing tag time, not gun time. Course time limits begin when the last participant and Tail Vehicle cross the start line. The course time limit for San Francisco is 3 hours and 30 minutes.

If a participant’s pace falls below the course time limit, they have a few options:

  • Increase their pace to stay within the event minimum pace;
  • Board a “sag wagon” shuttle to move forward on the course, where they may continue to participate in the event, maintaining the minimum pace required; or
  • If the participant cannot continue, they may board a sag wagon to be dropped off at the next shuttle location, at a nearby medical station. The participant will be seen by a Medical Team captain to be cleared for the medical shuttle to transport the participant to the finish line.

View event specific time limits

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Information Booths and Lost & Found

Information Booths will be positioned at the start and finish to assist you with any race day questions and help you find your way. The Information Booths will also serve as the race day Lost & Found. Any valuables found at the start or finish should be turned in to the Information Booth. Items from the start will be transported to the finish.

Any valuable items NOT claimed at the finish by 3 pm will be trucked back to our San Diego office. To claim a lost item after the event, please contact Competitor Group at 800-311-1255.

Medical Information

The Medical Team is a dedicated group of multidisciplinary medical professionals, available to help assess your race day medical needs and administer acute first aid when necessary.

Numerous medical stations will be located at the Finish as well as at the start and along the course. Look for large RED and WHITE tents and for our medical volunteers dressed in RED shirts for complimentary help before, during and after the race.

View more important Medical Information.

Age Group Awards

Age group awards will be presented 3-deep in all divisions, for both the half marathon, for male and female categories. Awards will be mailed within 4 to 6 weeks of results being finalized. In accordance with USATF Rules, overall and cash awards will be determined by gun time while age group awards will be determined by your ChronoTrack time.

  • 12 – 14 (1/2 Marathon only)
  • 15 – 17 (1/2 Marathon only)
  • 18 – 24
  • 25 – 29
  • 30 – 34
  • 35 – 39
  • 40 – 44
  • 45 – 49
  • 50 – 54
  • 55 – 59
  • 60 – 64
  • 65 – 69
  • 70 – 74
  • 75 – 79
  • 80+

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Chronotrack Timing System

State of the art ChronoTrack systems will be used to record participants’ times at the start, at certain splits along the courses and at the finish. The ChronoTrack system uses a disposable tag, called a D Tag, which allows you to walk away from the finish without the need to have your tag collected.

The ChronoTrack timing tag (D Tag) will be attached to your race bib. The D Tag will be labeled with a number that matches your race number. When you pick up your bib, please make sure these numbers match, and also verify that YOUR name is printed on the bib you are issued*. Proceed to the Solutions Table if any of the information is incorrect.

Prior to the race, you must remove the tag from your number and attach it to your shoe. Please follow the instructions provided in your registration packet.

PLEASE NOTE: All participants in this race must wear the ChronoTrack timing tag on your shoe in order to have their times recorded. ChampionChip timing equipment will NOT be used at this race; ChampionChip timing chips will NOT record your time.

*If you register for the race before online registration closes, your ChronoTrack timing tag should have your name printed on it.

Visit chronotrack.com for more information.

Printable ChronoTrack systems instructions

Participant Perks

  • Scenic course highlighting host cities famous sites
  • Live, local bands along the course
  • Spirited cheer squads lining the course
  • Brooks Technical Participant Shirt
  • Finishers Medal
  • Swag Bag
  • Plentiful Course Support
  • Free Admission to the Finish Line Festival and Post Race Concert (where applicable)
  • Free Admission to the 2 day Health & Fitness Expo
  • Downloadable Finisher Certificates

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Wave Start

In an effort to provide every one of our participants with as comfortable a run as possible, the Wave Start will be incorporated in most Rock ‘n’ Roll Marathon Series events.

Participants are assigned to an appropriate corral based on the projected finishing time submitted on their entry form. Typically, there are multiple waves assigned to several of the finishing times. All spectators should be aware of this when organizing their viewing schedule for the day.

  • When the gun fires, the first corral will be released. The rest of the participants will be held at the start line.
  • At pre-determined intervals the next corral will be released.
  • By using this staggered starting method, the pack will be spread out and allow every runner to settle into their racing rhythm from the first step right to the finish line.

Gear Check

Before you enter your assigned corral, drop-off your pre-race/post-race clothing and belongings at the Gear Check. While you run, your gear will be held at Gear Check.

Each participant will receive a large, durable swag bag at the Health & Fitness Expo when you pick up your packet that will serve as your gear bag on race day. Gear Check trucks will be arranged alphabetically and by truck number near the Start Line. Attach your gear tag to your gear bag before you leave it with the Gear Check crew. After the race, reclaim your checked bag at the designated Gear Check area.

Please note: DO NOT leave valuables, cash or jewelry in your gear bag. The event is not responsible for any lost items. Gear bags must be claimed before close of the Finish Line Festival on race day.

Secure Zone

Once you cross the finish line, you’ll enter the Secure Zone, a fenced off area designated for participants only. In the Secure Zone, have your photo taken, refuel with water and refreshments and receive your finisher’s medal. Once you leave the Secure Zone, you cannot re-enter. Just outside of the Secure Zone, you can retrieve your gear bag and join family and friends for the Finish Line Festival.

Family Reunion

After the race, reunite with family and friends in the Family Reunion Area located in Civic Center Plaza.

Schedule of Events

Sunday, March 29, 2015

Start Time: 6:30am

Race Day–1/2 Marathon

Event DetailsCourse Map

March 27-28, 2015

Health & Fitness Expo

Moscone Center North, Hall D
Friday, March 27: 3:00pm – 7:00pm
Saturday, March 28: 9:00am – 5:00pm

Expo Details