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Run of the Week: 7.75 Golden Gate Park Loop

Posted on: July 5, 2011

The Giant Race is approaching quickly so this week’s Run of the Week is a little bit longer to help get that mileage up.

Golden Gate Park was founded in the latter half of the 19th century as San Francisco began to feel the need for a large urban public park like that of Central Park in New York City.  Today, the park covers over one thousand acres and is host to some of the City’s most visited attractions: The De Young Museum, The Academy of Sciences, and The Japanese Tea Garden, to name a few.  The park also boasts mile after mile of relatively flat running (or walking) paths, generally cool temperatures, and a scenic atmosphere.  And, what better way to see the park than to run through it?

7.75 Mile Loop Around Golden Gate Park

7.75 Mile Golden Gate Park Run

Starting Point: Choose your own.  The map above starts at the intersection of 6th Avenue and the Park.  Parking is available throughout the park but can be difficult to find on weekends and on really nice summer days.  The route below is outlined as if one is starting at 6th Avenue and the Park.

1. From 6th Avenue enter the Park and run through the roller skating area to John F. Kennedy Jr., Drive (JFK Dr.).  Make a left onto JFK and follow the path past the Conservatory of Flowers to Stanyan Street (this comes in perpendicular to the park).

2. Turn around at Stanyan and follow JFK Dr. back towards the Conservatory.  Make a left at Middle Drive and follow this past the Tennis Courts.

3. Just past the tennis courts you will come to a Y in the road – veer left towards Bowling Green Drive.  If you find yourself passing the back of the Academy of Sciences you’ve made the wrong turn.

4. Stay on Bowling Green Dr., which will turn into Martin Luther King, Jr., Drive.  Follow this road around Big Rec Playground.  When you come to  a T intersection, stay right on MLK Dr.

5. Continue on MLK Dr. for another couple of miles.  This road will end at the Great Highway.  Make a right at the Great Highway and follow the running path past the Beach Chalet.

6.  Make a right onto JFK Dr.  When you come to a Y intersection, stay right and continue on JFK Dr.

7.  Stay on JFK Dr. all the way back to the starting point at 6th Avenue.

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