Regular Runs

GGRC’s In-Person Runs During Covid-19

Due to the Covid-19 pandemic, Golden Gate Running Club is temporarily changing our format for in-person workouts for our soft re-opening Wednesday, April 14th.

Instead of our typical Wednesday night track and Sunday Presidio runs, group workouts will now take place on Mondays and Wednesdays at 6:15pm! All runners MUST wear a face covering! Advance sign-ups are required.

Read on for more details!

  • In-person events will be limited to paid club members for the foreseeable future, until Covid restrictions are lifted. 
  • Attendance will initially be limited to 15 people (with 2-3 board members present to lead the workout)
  • The workouts will be posted in the new #2021_ggrc_workout_sign-ups GGRC slack channel so that members can sign up to attend. Members will be invited to this channel upon completing their registration for the club.
  • Monday runs will be held in Golden Gate Park, while Wednesday runs may bounce around different areas of the city.
  • Runs will continue to be “no-drop”, meaning we will wait at given check-points to ensure nobody is left behind, and run leaders will cover different paces.
  • We will expect all members attending in-person workouts to wear a face covering at all times, break into smaller pace groups, and comply with the CDC’s and the SFPHD’s guidelines on Covid-19 self-screening and safety practices.
  • Post-workout food/beverage hangouts will be left out of our initial in-person workout model until further notice, as criteria to gather with food and beverage is currently too restrictive for us to accommodate for this
  • Visit our membership page for information on how to join the club to attend in-person workouts!

Over the past year, we have learned the importance of being adaptable and creative. We are fully invested in making our in-person workout model as fruitful and user-friendly as possible, and we expect to change our in-person model along the way to make any necessary improvements and shift with San Francisco’s re-opening plans.

GGRC’s Typical Runs (temporarily suspended)

We welcome newbies! In “normal” times, you do not need to be a member to join GGRC for a few runs to determine if the club is a good fit for your running needs. We have temporarily suspended this policy due to Covid-19 causing us to set capacity limits on our workouts, and we have reduced member dues to $25 to make becoming a member easy!

Track
Wednesday @ 7pm | Kezar Stadium [map]

Join us for speed work! We meet halfway down the home stretch – or, at the East entrance of Kezar, when the track is closed.  Anyone can get faster and stronger through regular speed work, whether they are a novice or a former collegiate runner.  All workouts include a warm-up and cool-down.  Many runners meet for dinner and a drink after the cool-down.

  • Distance: Varies week-to-week based on club target races.
  • Format: Combinations of 200/400/600/800/1200 meter repeats on various intervals.

 

Sunday Run
Sunday @ 10am | Warming Hut (Crissy Field) [map]

There are a variety of trail and road options available at Sunday Run.  You are likely to find GGRC’ers running distances ranging from 4-20 miles at paces ranging from 7-10 minute miles.  The club gathers at 10:00 AM to discuss routes and pace (including matching new runners with appropriate running buddies) and leaves the Warming Hut by 10:15.

Driving directions: Follow Marina Street past the Marina and bear right onto Mason Street as you continue to Crissy Field.  The Warming Hut is at the end of the road.

 

Fort Mason

  • Out and back to Fort Mason. Flat and easy with views of the Bay and the Marina Greens.
  • Recommended for new runners.
  • Distance: 5 Miles (8k)
  • Elevation Gain: Negligible

Planks Route

  • Our most popular Sunday run route is called “Planks”, which is named after a section of the run that takes place over wooden planks in the Lobos Valley park.
  • Enjoy views of the Golden Gate Bridge, trails down to Barker Beach, sand climbing, and a steady climb next to the Presidio Golf Course before looping back to the Warming Hut Cafe.
  • Multiple water stops and regroup points.
  • We always maintain a “sweeper” so that new people do not get lost.
  • Distance: 6.8 Miles (10.9 k)
  • Elevation Gain: 870 ft (265 m)

Lands End Route

  • Planks Route start and then an out-and-back to Sutro Heights Park.
  • Recommended if you want more mileage and climbing than Planks.
  • Distance: 9.7 Miles (15.6 k)
  • Elevation Gain: 1,100 ft  (335 m)

Rainbow Tunnel

  • Cross over the Golden Gate Bridge and into the start of the Marin Headlands.
  • Distance: 8.8 Miles (14.2 k)
  • Elevation Gain: 1500 ft (457 m)

VORTAC Loop

  • One of our longer Sunday runs takes you over the Golden Gate Bridge, into the Marin Headlands, and up to a vista spot next to the VORTAC Radar Station.
  • Once you are past the Golden Gate Bridge Vista Point on the Marin Headlands side there is no water available so be sure to bring a running backpack with nutrition.
  • If you want company, it is recommended that you make a post in the Google Groups as this run is not as popular as the Planks route.
  • Distance: 13.4 Miles (21.6 k)
  • Elevation Gain: 1,700 ft (520 m)

Headlands Loop

  • One of GGRC’s more challenging loops. This run starts with the same bridge cross as the VORTAC Loop and continues down the Rodeo Valley Trail into the valley to add a descend and eventual climb.
  • Water and nutrition are highly recommended as there is no aid.
  • Distance: 13 Miles (21 k)
  • Elevation Gain: 2,100 ft (640 m)

Ferry Building

  • Point-to-point: Flat tour of the Marina, a small hill over Fort Mason, Fisherman’s Warf, and then down the Embarcadero to the Ferry Building.
  • Distance: 5 Miles (8 k)
  • Elevation Gain: 115 ft (35 m)

Other Events

Our Club members train year round for all types of races. We have members that run ad hoc recovery runs, hill climbing, and cycling. For the most current information on the club, join our Google Group and subscribe to get email updates.