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Lots of marathoners find their heart in San Francisco. July 31 is this year's date. The course is out of a guidebook. It begins on the Embarcadero, passes Fisherman's Warf, the Marina and crosses Golden Gate Bridge. Runners return across the bridge, pass through the Presidio and through Golden Gate Park. Then it's on to Haight Street, and through the Portero and Mission Bay Districts. Look up and behold the Bay Bridge. The finish is just ahead.
(An image of the Golden Gate Bridge from the San Francisco side is seen from the visitors center and garden.)