San Leandro Marina Park
13820 Monarch Bay Dr, San Leandro, CA 94577, USA
The half marathon here offers a refreshing mostly trail run that never strays too far from the water along the Hayward Seashore area, which features a mixture of paved and gravel trails that wind their way through its salt and freshwater marshes, instead of miles of single-track trails through hilly and sometimes mountainous forest areas.
Cobbled together over the years from a combination of natural marshes along the bay as well as man-made marshes (part of restoration and enhancement projects to bring the area closer to its original, natural state), Hayward today is a magnet for runners, walkers, hikers, bikers and fishermen amd women, who venture out onto its five miles of trails along the seashore and wander out to watch the birds who nest here throughout the year.
The race starts and finishes at the San Leandro Marina Park, a small 30-acre park that lies alongside the shoreline overlooking the San Francisco Bay, and hugs the shoreline for the entire race route. From there, runners follow southward along the shore, all the way down to the turnaround point just north of the San Mateo Bridge. Once runners hit the turn, they then head back along the exact route they’ve just run.
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