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Run of the Week: 4.5 Mile Loop Around Lake Merced

Posted on: June 14, 2011

Run of the Week: 4.5 Mile Loop Around Lake Merced

When training for a longer race in San Francisco, it can be difficult to find a route that covers a good distance and doesn’t make you challenge a ton of car traffic.  On the south-western edge of The City lies Lake Merced, a fresh water lake that is home to practice space for high school rowers, is right next to the SFPD’s shooting range, and is bordered by three separate golf courses (Harding Park, The Olympic Club, and The San Francisco Golf Club).  The proximity of the lake to Ocean Beach provides cooler weather patterns, which can be perfect for running.  A foot path borders the lake completely, covering approximately 4.5 miles.  Parking is available both within parking lots at the lake and in the neighborhoods bordering it (Lakeshore and Parkside).  The distance around the lake is perfect for a low mileage day – or double it to up your miles as race day becomes closer.


Lake Merced Run


Lake Merced is located on Lake Merced Blvd (Sunset Blvd turns into this).  One parking lot is located at the point at which Sunset becomes Lake Merced Blvd.  Another is located at the southern tip along Lake Merced Blvd.  You can also generally find parking on Sloat Blvd as well.

The goal is to start and end at one point along the lake.  Pick your direction and start running.  You should be able to see the lake for your entire run EXCEPT for about .75 miles on the eastern edge of the lake.  At this point you will be running past Harding Park.

Happy Running!



3 Responses to "Run of the Week: 4.5 Mile Loop Around Lake Merced"

I just ran this loop last week!! To my surprised, I thought it was really running alongside the lake, but most of the time I’m running right next to the cars 😦

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Love your blog, I’m always trying to explore new areas to run!!!

I’m glad you did the run! Unfortunately, running in the City means it’s really hard to avoid running next to a bunch of cars. Thank you for sharing your experience, though!

Hey, what is the distance around the lake, i heard its 4.4 miles another said 5miles, and you said 4.5 miles, without shortcuts. is there any official measurement

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