Nike Women’s Half Marathon SF

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The Nike Women’s Half Marathon in San Francisco, California is the largest woman’s marathon in the world and is open to both male and female participants. The marathon event was held since 2004 and half marathon was added in 2012. This year only half marathon is held.

There were approximately 25,000 participants in the 2015 Nike Women’s Half Marathon SF. Walkers are welcome to participate, however, all participants must complete the race within the specified time. The course is USATF certified.


Race Date
Oct 18, 2015
Race Location
San Francisco, California, USA
Event Type
Start Times

Men: 6:30AM
Women: 6:30AM

No. Runners
Race Website
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Race Registration
  • Applications for participation in the Nike Women’s Half Marathon SF will be accepted between 11AM PDT on June 4, 2014 and 11AM PDT on June 19, 2014.
  • Anyone who is thirteen (13) years or older as of June 4, 2014 and a registered member of Nike+ may apply for the Nike Women’s Half Marathon SF Random Draw. If you are not currently a member of Nike+, you may register by visiting Registration for Nike+ is free.
  • Visit for a link to the 2014 Nike Women’s Half Marathon SF Registration application.
  • On or before June 27, 2014, NIKE USA, Inc. will randomly select applicants. Applicants who are selected will be notified via email on or before June 27, 2014.
  • To register you can apply as a group or an individual. The fee to participate as an individual or part of a group in the Nike Women’s Half Marathon SF is $180. The college registration fee is $155 (discounted registration available for a limited time).
Course / Route Map

The Nike Women’s Half Marathon SF course is not an out and back course. The half marathon route at the Nike Women’s Half Marathon San Francisco starts at downtown’s Union Square, near the intersection of Stockton and Post streets. From there, runners follow what is roughly an upside-down “U” shaped point-to-point course, most of which unfolds along the the San Francisco Bay and with views of the bridge and the Marin Headlands off in the distance, as runners make their way around to the finish line in Golden Gate Park.

Race Profile / Elevation Map

The race’s hilliest stretches occur after the mid-way point of the race. Between the sixth and seventh mile markers, and again between the mile 8 and mile 9 markers, the race route sees some of its biggest hills, as the course rises roughly 300 feet in elevation in spots. Those stretches are followed by big downhill descents between miles 9 and 10, and then by one much less steep hill between miles 11 and 12 along John F. Kennedy Drive.

Time Limits & Cutoffs
  • Each runner will need to complete the course by a specified time and maintain a 15:00 min/mile pace.
  • The race will be timed using timing tag attached to the race bib.
Course Records

Men: Kevin Chaves 01:16:51 (2013)
Women: Florencia Borelli 01:18:22 (2013)

Prize Money & Awards
  • The race will recognize and award the top three female runners to cross the finish line in the half marathon
  • The top male and female finishers in each age group will be recognized
T-Shirts, Medals, Certificates
  • Participants will receive the official race day Dri-FIT tank top (women) and t-shirt (men) as part of the race packet.
  • Each finisher of the race will receive an official finisher’s award.
Water Stops & Refreshments
  • The Nike Women’s Half Marathon SF course will have 6 aid stations.
  • Water will be provided by Whole Foods Market at each aid station, and Nuun Electrolytes will be available at aid stations 2-6.
Expected Race Day Weather
  • Temperature: 55°F to 68°F
  • Humidity: 59% to 83%
  • Wind Speed: 6 mph to 15 mph

6 thoughts on “Nike Women’s Half Marathon SF

Gretchen Cole

I am interested into doing the half or full nike marathon in San Francisco, Cali. Is there any way I could sign up and have more details?

Thank you,
Gretchen Cole

Melanie McAfee

How can I find out when sign ups for the next women’s half marathon in San Francisco will be?
Thank You,
Melanie McAfee

Lew Cramer


I lead a group called Lew’s Walk’n’Run in the South Bay and I would like to see how we could get our group of 28 into the SF Nike Woman’s full or half marathon in 2014. Please let me know the best way of doing this and if we could obtain some type of discount.

I look forward to hearing from you!

Thanks in advance for your help,
Lew Cramer

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