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Crissy Field to Hopper's Hands

Running Route

Easy
3.27 mi
48 ft
This is "The" classic San Francisco run. It is an out and back route along the San Francisco Bay, traversing through Crissy Field, a Golden Gate National Park that was once a military airfield and has since been restored to a pristine nature preserve. This uber-popular, flat route is great for doing speed work and for people watching. Any day of the week expect the crushed gravel pathway to be crowded with runners, dog walkers, and tourists precariously riding rented bicycles. As you travel along, enjoy views of the Golden Gate Bridge, the bay and tidal marshes. Keep an eye out to the water for sea lion sightings. The route continues to the far end of the Fort Point parking lot where a fence stops you from going any further. On this fence you will see a plaque with a pair of hands labeled "Hopper's Hands". Locals will quickly high-five these hands as they turn and head back. Legend states that Hopper is a Golden Gate Bridge ironworker who noticed that runners were ritually tapping the fence as they turned around. He had a sign made with hands on it so people could slap the hands when they reach the end of the road. When you make it back to East Beach stop in for a coffee and a snack at the Beach Hut cafe at the Crissy Field Center.
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