Nike Women’s Marathon San Francisco: Apply Now

Nike Women's Marathon San Francisco

Hollie Estupinian, 32, of Capitola, Calif., wins the Nike Women’s Marathon San Francisco in a time of 3:05:13 on Sunday, October 16, 2011. (Photo: Susan Goldman Photography/Nike)

Time is running out to enter the random draw lottery for the 2013 Nike Women’s Marathon San Francisco. Runners have until June 14 at 12 p.m. PDT to apply for one of the 30,000 spots in the marathon and half marathon. The event is celebrating its 10th anniversary on Sunday, October 20.

The Nike Women’s Marathon San Francisco began in 2004 to commemorate the 20th anniversary of a major milestone in women’s running: the first Olympic women’s marathon in 1984, won by American Joan Benoit Samuelson.

The event has gone on to become the largest women’s running event in the world. More than 22,000 runners finished the Nike Women’s Marathon San Francisco in 2011, and another 25,000 ran in 2012. This year, 30,000 runners are expected to take part.

Nike Women's Marathon San Francisco

The Nike Women’s Marathon has become the largest women’s running event in the world. (Photo: Susan Goldman Photography/Nike)

Men are welcome if they’re OK with a finisher’s necklace instead of a medal. The Nike Women’s Marathon San Francisco has made a name for itself with its unique finishers swag. Instead of the usual medal, runners receive a Tiffany & Co. finisher’s necklace along with a Nike Dri-FIT tee. This year’s necklace will be a special 10th anniversary edition.

The races start at Union Square in San Francisco and finish on the Great Highway at Ocean Beach, traveling along the San Francisco Bay with views of Alcatraz and the Golden Gate Bridge. Live entertainment, college cheer stations and Nike+ PowerSong stations line the route. The weekend also includes a race expo geared toward women, dubbed the Nike Women’s Marathon Expotique.

The Nike Women’s Marathon San Francisco is part of the Run Nike Women Series, which also includes a spring half-marathon in Washington, D.C. In the last 9 years, the series’ Team in Training participants have raised over $134 million to benefit race partner The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society.

Runners can register for the Nike Women’s Marathon San Francisco random draw either as individuals or in groups. Group entries ensure that friends or family who want to complete the race together enter the lottery as a single unit. Lottery winners will be notified via email between Tuesday, June 18 and Wednesday, June 20.

Entry fees are $200 for the marathon, $175 for the half-marathon and $150 for college students.

For more information or to register, visit the Run Nike Women Series on Facebook.

Karla Bruning is host of On The Run, New York Road Runners’ web show about running. She has finished six marathons, two triathlons and trains with the New York Harriers. Follow Karla at, The Washington Times Communities, Facebook and Twitter@KBruning.

Karla Bruning


Karla Bruning is a race announcer at the TCS New York City Marathon + other major events, TV host for the New York City Triathlon + contributor to Shape, Redbook, Runner's World + other publications. She used to report for Newsweek but spent her free time squeezing in workouts. Now it's her job. She's run 8 marathons, 30 halves, 10 triathlons + open water swims. When she's not running, talking about running or writing about running, she's snuggling her baby, spoiling her dog + compulsively traveling.


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