Saturday, February 22, 2014

The “San Francisco Originals” Run Series Returns

Four Authentic San Francisco Footraces, One Year-Long Run Series

The “San Francisco Originals” Run Series Returns

SAN FRANCISCO – [February 20, 2014] Today, San Francisco’s most iconic running events – Bay to Breakers, the San Francisco Marathon, the San Francisco Giant Race and the Oral B Glide Floss Bridge to Bridge Run – announce the return of the “San Francisco Originals” Run Series.

Launched in 2013, the “San Francisco Originals” Run Series is a joint venture amongst four footraces celebrating San Francisco’s running traditions and a healthy and active year-round lifestyle.  Each race is unique and takes runners on a visual tour of San Francisco, through eclectic neighborhoods, scenic parks and along waterfront trails. Last year, a few lucky thousand runners crossed the finish line in all four races and became a “San Francisco Original”.

Interested participants in the 2014 series are encouraged to register now. The first 2,500 participants that register and complete all four running races this year will receive a commemorative medal recognizing their achievement. The series begins with the city’s oldest footrace, the 103rd Bay to Breakers 12K race on Sunday, May 18; followed by the San Francisco Marathon on Sunday, July 27; then on to the San Francisco Giant Race on Sunday, September 7; and wrapping up with the Oral B Glide Floss Bridge to Bridge Run on Sunday, October 5.
To become eligible for the series medal, runners must register themselves for both Bay to Breakers and the San Francisco Marathon by Friday, May 15. Of those eligible participants, runners who register for and ultimately finish all four races will receive this award at the finish line of the Oral B Glide Floss Bridge to Bridge Run. Eligible runners will be notified by email the week following their competition in the Bay to Breakers. For additional information on the San Francisco Originals Run Series, please visit
Contact:  Scott Anderson
The Giant Race
The San Francisco Originals Race Series includes:
Bay to Breakers – Participants from around the world will descend upon the streets of San Francisco for the 103rd Bay to Breakers 12K race, set to take place on Sunday, May 18. Bay to Breakers is the oldest consecutively run annual footrace in the world, a staple to the City by the Bay since May 1912. With a starting point near the San Francisco Bay, a few blocks from the Embarcadero, the 12K race runs west through the city and finishes at the Great Highway where breakers crash onto the Pacific Coast’s Ocean Beach. In addition to the run, participants are encouraged to take part in the Race Expo (May 16-17) and the post-race Finish Line Festival. For more details, please visit
The San Francisco Marathon – The 37th running of the San Francisco Marathon will take place on Sunday, July 27. Known for its beautiful scenic views, this USA Track & Fieldcertified race starts at the Ferry Building, runs along the Embarcadero, over the bridge, through Golden Gate Park and the HaightAshbury District before finishing in front of Cupid’s Arrow. Events include a full marathon, two half marathons, a 5K. For more details, please visit
The San Francisco Giant Race – The fifth-annual San Francisco Giant Race, 10K, 5K, and Kids Race/Family Relay Benefiting Project Open Hand is set for September 7. Finishing on the field at AT&T Park in front of a lively crowd and the stadium scoreboard is the highlight of the beautiful waterfront course that starts in front of the ballpark and continues along the Embarcadero with views of both iconic San Francisco bridges. The runners’ experience is augmented by several Giants-only elements, including the giveaway of the annual special-edition runner bobblehead, photo opportunities with the World Series trophy, and an in-stadium race expo. For more details, please visit
Oral B Glide Floss Bridge to Bridge Run – The 38th Annual Oral B Glide Floss Bridge to Bridge Run will take place on October 5. Dubbed “America’s Most Beautiful Run” by Sports Illustrated, 10K runners/walkers and 7K runners/walkers take off together from the Ferry Building just below the Bay Bridge. The course goes along the Embarcadero, through Fisherman’s Wharf past some of the city’s most iconic landmarks and finishes at the Golden Gate Bridge. At the race conclusion is a free expo with live music, kids’ entertainment, and interactive fitness booths. The run is produced by KFOG, KGO and KNBR radio. Proceeds benefit the Special Olympics Northern California. To register, visit

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