April 4, 2005



The Golden Gate Bridge roadway will once again be part of the San Francisco Marathon race course on Sunday, July 31, 2005. The Golden Gate Bridge was last part of the race course in 1998.

On race morning until about 8:30 am, the marathon course will occupy two (2) roadway lanes of the Golden Gate Bridge, a third lane will be a “buffer” lane between the runners and traffic, and, at this time, it is anticipated that southbound traffic will occupy two (2) lanes and northbound traffic will occupy one (1) lanes that morning until approximately 8:30 am.

To reduce the time required for Golden Gate Bridge lane closures and to ensure adequate running space over the Bridge, marathoners will start the race in waves, spaced periodically. The first wave, or top-seeded section, will start at 5:30 am and the last wave will depart at 6 am. There is an early start at 5 am only for 6-hour-plus marathon runners.

The 2005 San Francisco Marathon’s start/finish line is located downtown location at Justin Herman Plaza along San Francisco’s Embarcadero. After passing the Embarcadero, Fisherman's Wharf, Marina Green, and Crissy Field, runners step onto the Golden Gate Bridge at the 5-1/4 mile point. They proceed north over the approximately 1.7 mile span into Marin County. At the north end, runners immediately turn around and re-cross the Bridge back into San Francisco.

After crossing the Golden Gate Bridge, runners head to the Pacific Ocean coastline at Baker Beach, pass Golden Gate Park, Haight-Ashbury District, and SBC Park before finishing in front of the San Francisco Ferry Building at the city's thriving world trade port. Last year, over 8,400 runners and walkers registered for the featured 26.2-mile marathon.

For complete information about the 2005 San Francisco Marathon including course map and description, registration details go to www.runsfm.com or call the race hotline at (415) 284-9653, email: sfmarathon@westendmanagement.com

For more information on Golden Gate Bridge and Golden Gate Transit impacts, as they are developed, visit www.goldengate.org