San Francisco Runs You Might Like - January
Here are some upcoming runs you might like to try in San Francisco this January. They include a full compliment of road and trail runs, from small, intimate affairs to big events with thousands of participants.
Date: January 7, 2018
Distance: 5k, 15k
Start and finish in Golden Gate Park alongside San Francisco’s biggest group of chocolate aficionados. Celebrate your run with fellow chocolatiers at the post-race party which includes decadent chocolate fondue for all participants.
Date: January 13, 2018
Distance: 5k, 10k
The races start at the San Pablo Dam boat launch ramp at the Orinda, CA entrance to the resevoir. The course is mostly paved roads, closed to traffic.
Date: January 28, 2018
Distance: 5k, 10k, 15k
Bay area runners can count on Lake Merritt Joggers & Striders Fourth Sunday Runs, happening on the flat, fast 5k loop around Oakland's pretty Lake Merritt year round except February, March and June. These convivial, low key runs are perfect for a fitness check or a serious PR attempt over 5, 10 or 15k.
Date: January 1, 2018
Distances: 5k, 10k, half marathon
Bold souls can start the new year with a bang, running this half marathon on the rolling hills and trails of Lake Chabot in the East Bay.
Date: January 6, 2018
Distance: 11k, half marathon, 36k, 50k
This trail race takes us back to the beginning of ultra-running: a purposely small and intimate event, capped at 200 runners. The idea: Start at Muir Beach and climb. Local trail running legend Eldrith Gosney quips: “This course is not for weenies.”
Date: January 13, 2018
Distance: 10k, half marathon, 30k
These challenging trail runs happen in Pacifica's San Pedro Valley Park in Pacifica, just a few miles south of San Francisco on the coast. Bring family and friends! They can party down with BBQ pits and plenty of space for a game of Frisbee or volleyball.
Date: January 27, 2018
Distance: 5k, 10k, half marathon
China Camp State Park is tucked behind San Rafael along the San Francisco Bay. Enjoy these runs on single track trails, largely protected by a canopy of trees. Expect to tackle some hills at this one!
Looking For More Races?
Already familiar with these? You can always head to www.runguides.com/san-francisco/runs to get a full list of upcoming San Francisco road runs, trail runs, and OCRs.
Steve Lafler writes for RunGuides and maintains an intense focus on good coffee, cheap red wine and the half marathon.