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Fun Events For Fitness Fanatics In The Bay Area
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Fun Events For Fitness Fanatics In The Bay Area

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Updated: 6 January 2017
The Bay Area has a reputation for being the place to be for fitness fanatics and for those wishing to live a healthy lifestyle. This has made San Francisco the sixth fittest city in the country, and the city with the lowest rates of obesity in the country, according to Shape Fitness. We bring you five fun events ideal for active Californians.
Elvis contest at Bay to Breakers | © Huffington Post online photo contest
Elvis contest at Bay to Breakers | © Huffington Post online photo contest

Bay to Breakers

The beloved and popular Bay to Breakers race is a 12 kilometer foot race that also doubles as the world’s longest and largest block party, starting from the Rincon Hill district near the Embarcadero, traversing a number of sights along the path, and concluding on the Great Highway on the Western edge of town.

Running Man | © Graham Crumb/Wikimedia
Running Man | © Graham Crumb/Wikimedia

Escape from Alcatraz Triathlon

In this Escape from Alcatraz, participants are tested in three parts. First, a swim of 1.5 miles in icy waters, often below 60 degrees. After the swim, a bike ride 18 miles in length, going through various parts of town. The final challenge is a run of 8 miles long. By the time participants reach the finish line, a total of 27.5 miles of total ground will be covered.

2014 San Francisco Marathon | © Jun Selta/Flickr
2014 San Francisco Marathon | © Jun Selta/Flickr

San Francisco Marathon

The San Francisco Marathon is the Bay Area’s best official offering for those with knees and ankles of steel. This competition involves running a distance that is likely longer than the average commute to work, 26.2 miles to be exact. Running along the Embarcadero, through the Presidio, on the Golden Gate Bridge, through Haight-Ashbury, and through AT&T Park are all just part of the fun in this grueling, but invigorating race.

Rock 'n' Roll San Jose Half Marathon | © Don DeBold/Flickr
Rock ‘n’ Roll San Jose Half Marathon | © Don DeBold/Flickr

San Jose Rock ‘n’ Roll Half Marathon

Although perhaps not as recognized as its Bay to Breakers counterpart, the San Jose Rock ‘n’ Roll Half Marathon is nonetheless is just as exhilarating as it is entertaining. This course offers participants a run through the scenery of downtown San Jose, with plenty of crowds, fans and entertainment to keep the energy and excitement going from start to finish.

Bridge on Highway 1 along the Pacific Ocean near Big Sur | © ibellhop.com
Bridge on Highway 1 along the Pacific Ocean near Big Sur | © ibellhop.com

Big Sur International Marathon

Although it’s a bit outside the Bay Area, the Big Sur International Marathon is a must for any running aficionado. It takes participants along Highway 1 from Big Sur to Carmel, offering unforgettable views of the Pacific Ocean. Along the way, runners will traverse redwoods, ranches, and the famous Bixby Bridge. Be prepared to go to sleep very early the night before, though, as the race commences quite early.