Run to your hearts content

Pull out your spectator chairs and grab some SP5 45 for this is a weekend to be a chair potato. The Nike Women’s Marathon to benefit The Leukemia and Lymphoma Society takes place this Sunday and what wonderful weather to be a cheerleader. There’s a little something in here for everyone. Gents: where else can you see a bunch of ladies in all shapes, sizes and colors? Ladies: there’s no time like the present to support such an important cause. Kids: you can scream as loud as you want and it will be encouraged. Program note: The course starts in Union Square heading towards the Embaracadero and follows the bay up to the Golden Gate Bridge, through the Presidio and Golden Gate park finally ending at Ocean beach.

8 Comments so far

  1. cd (unregistered) on October 20th, 2006 @ 9:08 am

    Generally, getting cheered on while running makes me feel like I’m getting jeered at back in junior high. However, having run a marathon in SF (the SF, not the Nike), I can now say that, on the big day itself, the cheers do wonders for keeping runners motivated.

    Despite SF getting voted the best running city by Runners’ World, and despite the probably thousands of people who run its gorgeous trails and streets every day, there isn’t that much of an organized running culture here – at least not when it comes to turning out for marathons. It’s not Boston or New York. (Aside from Circus Bay to Breakerus. Of course, races here tend to start at ungodly early hours, which can’t help).

    My point: If you live on or near the course – go outside and cheer them on!

  2. DavidK (unregistered) on October 20th, 2006 @ 9:58 am

    It’s worth noting that anyone can run the Women’s Marathon, not just women. I discovered this several weeks ago and started training with the Nike group in the Marina. Of course I kept this information to myself for my own selfish reasons. But, now you know, secret’s out, fellas. The ratios are awesome.

  3. cd (unregistered) on October 20th, 2006 @ 2:10 pm

    Very true! But the race books up nearly the full year in advance. I think the 2007 entries are open already – so don’t wait on this race, it’s VERY popular!

  4. Nancy (unregistered) on October 20th, 2006 @ 3:20 pm

    The Nike store on Sutter has a window display (facing Stockton) with the over 15,000 runners names stenciled onto a screen that encompases the entire glass area. They are listed alphabetically by last name, so if you or someone you know is signed up, go and find ’em!

  5. Gurpal (unregistered) on October 20th, 2006 @ 7:33 pm

    No wonder there were guys running with us during the Nike sponsored training runs! Now it all makes sense David but we’ll keep this on the down lo. There seem to be quite a few runners in our city–does anyone know if there’s some sort of a club you can join to train for a marathon? I need to start my preparation now!

  6. cd (unregistered) on October 21st, 2006 @ 12:04 pm

    There are lots of clubs in SF – Road Runners is a big one. Nike has weekly (perhaps twice weekly) runs in conjunction with their events. Local running stores might also have some running events. Sports Basement down by Crissy Field has weekly fun runs and would have the skinny on running groups.

    There are also numerous fundraising clubs like Team in Training, Train to End Stroke, AIDS Marathon, etc, that train you to run while you raise money for a cause. When I trained for the SF Marathon, I found a group without a fundraising angle because I didn’t know if I could do it, and the pressure of running was ample without the pressure to raise several thousand dollars.

    The next big training season probably starts in January for the summer events. Do some googling and get out there!

  7. anna (unregistered) on October 21st, 2006 @ 2:44 pm

    Hey- some of the Nike trainers Dave mentioned are going to be at the fundraiser- Nike is also a sponsor- at Harrington’s this Thrusday, 6-9 (wrote about it on soccer, soccer, everywhere) Just a heads up.

  8. DavidK (unregistered) on October 21st, 2006 @ 10:17 pm

    There are also lots of little running clubs throughout the city with various levels of dedication and intensity. I run with K-Stars on Thursdays and Saturdays, in and around GGP. There’s a really good balance of training and socialization — every Sat run ends up at Crepes on Cole, and any given week there’s a wide range of people who run different mileages and paces. Other running clubs include Dolphin South End Runners and Golden Gate Running Club. As CD said, just google or surf Craigslist (or ask on sf.metblogs); there are a lot of groups to choose from. This is a really good city for running.

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