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Run of the Week: May 16-22, 2011

Posted on: May 16, 2011

Golden Gate Park Easy 3 Miler

In honor of this past weekend’s Bay to Breakers, I thought I would pay homage to the race by posting a nice ~3 mile loop around the eastern half of Golden Gate Park.  Today marks the beginning of Half Marathon training, and if you are so inclined to join me on this training trek, consider this route for your “long” run this weekend.  If you’re new to San Francisco or haven’t spent much time exploring the park, this run will take you around the highlights.  Feel free to stop into one of the many attractions – just wait until after your run is over.

Golden Gate Park Easy 3 Mile Run

1. Start where you want along the route.  I’ve chosen the starting and ending points of 6th & Fulton.  Enter the park through here – you will pass through a popular roller skating area.

2. Turn left onto JFK Dr.  Follow the road just past the Conservatory of Flowers.  You will make a right onto Middle Drive East (the Golden Gate Park Tennis Club will be on your left).

3. Stay left at the Y in the road and veer onto Bowling Green Dr.  The National AIDS Memorial Grove will be on your right.

4.  Pass the San Francisco Lawn Bowling Club and then the parking lot that leads to Sharon Meadow, Children’s Playground, and the Sharon Art Studio.

5. Merge onto Martin Luther King, Jr. Drive.  Continue straight and you will pass Big Rec on your right.

6. Stay right (and continue onto) MLK Jr. Dr.  The Hall of Flowers will be across the street and you will soon see one entrance to the Arboretum (if it’s open, you can run through the Arboretum – just follow the signs to your right to the other entrance/exit).

7. Continue on MLK – you will soon pass the Shakespeare Garden and the back of the Academy of Sciences.  Up next?  The Music Concourse, the de Young Museum, and the Japanese Tea Garden.

8.  Look for a little road (it will be slightly uphill) called Stow Lake Drive.  Make a right here and stay right on the road.  If you’ve wound up at Mothers Meadow or 19th Avenue, you’ve gone too far.

9.  Follow the road around Stow Lake.  Once you come to the Boathouse, make a right and follow the road down to JFK Drive.  Make a right here and continue east back to the starting point.

Put a fork in it – you are DONE!

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