General Information

What are the Race dates for 2018?
The 2018 Golden Gate Half Marathon & 5K will be held on November 4, 2018.

How can I volunteer?
We are always looking for good volunteers! If you’d like to sign up to be a part of the Crew Team, please email our Volunteer Coordinator at [email protected].

What Streets will be closed on race day?
Download our Road Closures and Detours Guide to help navigate you through race day.


When and how can I register for the event?
Registration is already open. You may register online now by simply clicking on the Register Button in the top right corner of your screen. Please note that we do not accept paper registrations.

Can I pay cash for my registration fee?
We unfortunately do not accept cash or check.

How do I know if I am registered?
Our system should have sent you a confirmation email at the time of registration. Please check your spam / junk email folders. You may also login to your active.com account and select “My Events”.

I paid for my registration and received a confirmation email but I am not seeing the event listed in “My Events” within my active.com portal?
In certain circumstances, you may need to claim your registration. This happens if Active might have been logged in into a different account at the time of registration. NOT TO WORRY you can are still registered and confirmed for the event. Simply email our team at [email protected] and we will be happy to walk you through the process.

I won’t be able to attend the event. Can I give my bib to someone else?
While we do understand that things happen (injuries, business trips, family emergency, pregnancy, etc.) you may absolutely not give or sell your number to anyone else. If you cannot participate after you have registered, you may still Transfer to our Virtual Run Option or check for our Transfer & Cancellation policy.

Packet Pick-Up

When and where do I pick up my race number?
All Runners are required to pick up their bib and shirt at our Active LifeStyle expo prior to the race. Please visit the expo page of our website for more details including address, hours etc..

Do you mail bibs?
We are happy to offer a Race Bib Delivery Option for all our events. Please note that the option is only available for a certain time prior to race weekend. No shirts will be mailed. If you purchased the Bib Mail Delivery option, we still encourage you to join us at the Expo to pick up your shirt. Should you not be able to attend, you may pick up your shirt on race morning BEFORE the start of the race.

I Paid for the Race Bib Delivery. Haven’t received it. What should I do?
Bibs are mailed a couple weeks prior to the event. As we get closer to race week and if you paid for the race bib delivery but still haven’t received it, simply email our team at [email protected] and we will be happy to provide you with an update AND/OR a solution, should your bib have gotten lost in the mail.

Can someone else pick up my race packet at the expo?
The Active LifeStyle expo is part of the fun and open to everyone – you do not want to miss it. Should you not be able to attend the expo, you may have a friend pick up your race packet on your behalf.
• Make sure that you have signed the electronic waiver in your active account
• Make sure your friend has a copy of your registration confirmation email
• Make sure your friend has a copy of your I.D (digital OKAY)

Race questions

What times do the races start?
Please visit our Event Schedule page to check what time your race starts at.

How early should I get there?
Arrive EARLY. We are anticipating thousands of people on race morning and you do not want to be late. Please plan on arriving an hour prior to the start of your race to allow plenty of time to park, get ready, stretch and make your way to the start line.

Gear Check
Gear check will be available. You will need to bring your own bag and use the tag provided on your bib. Your race number will be your claim tag. DO NOT leave any valuables. We are not responsible for any lost / damages items in gear storage.

Can I start early/late?
For the safety of all our participants you may ABSOLUTELY not start the race at a different time. We need to ensure that all course marshals are in position, medical teams are ready and AID stations are fully prepared. If you signed up for the 5K you MAY NOT start with the Half Marathoners and vice versa.

What kind of nutrition will be available on the course?
Our AID stations along the course will have:
• Water
• Electrolyte
• Gels
• Bars / Fruits

Will there be bathrooms on the course?

Are Strollers allowed?
Strollers are not allowed on the course.

Are dogs allowed?
Dogs are unfortunately not allowed in the corrals and on the course.

Elite entries
The Golden State Half Series welcomes and encourages accomplished athletes to participate in this event, as we do athletes of all abilities. We are thrilled when “elite” athletes select this event to compete. In certain circumstances, we are happy to offer a complimentary entry to those particular athletes who demonstrate a special ability and can bring something unique to the event. We do not offer travel reimbursement, appearance fees, or accommodations as incentives for “elite” athletes to participate.
Should you be interested, please submit at least 3 race results from the past 2 years to: [email protected].
Each application will be carefully reviewed and we will be happy to accommodate as long as space remains.

Is there a prize money?
There is no prize money. Bragging rights only 🙂

Course limit
Participants must maintain a pace of 14:00 min / per mile to finish the 13.1 miles in less than 3 hours. If you are averaging greater than a projected three hour pace, you will be moved forward on the course and shuttled closer to the Finish Line.

Medical Support
Our Medical Team is a dedicated group of multidisciplinary medical professionals, available to help assess your race day medical needs and administer acute first aid when necessary. Numerous medical stations will be located at the Finish as well as at the start and along the course.

Runners' requests

Transfer Requests From One Distance to Another
If you are already registered for the event, you may transfer or upgrade from one category to the other, AS LONG AS THERE IS STILL SPACE AVAILABLE in the race in which you want to transfer.

Upgrading from the 5K to the Half Marathon
• Transfers from the 5K to the Half Marathon are NOT guaranteed.
• Email us at [email protected] to request your race transfer
• NOTE: there will be a charge covering the difference between your initial payment and the current half marathon price.

Downgrading from the Half to the 5K.
• Transfers from the Half Marathon to the 5K are NOT guaranteed and must be submitted prior to the event.
• Email us at r[email protected] to request your race transfer. There is a fee. We are carefully monitoring all transfers in order to ensure the quality of our event.
• Depending when the request is submitted, your bib may not reflect the change but the timing chip will be updated

Entry fees are non-refundable.

We appreciate you, as our customer, and understand that sometimes you just can’t make the race. We have created a great policy that offers you several different options, in the event you cannot attend on race day. You may choose only one of the options below:

Defer Your Entry: You may defer your entry to another date or event within the Golden State Half Series event portfolio. Deferrals are allowed and must be processed by the Event registration manager. An administration fee of $25 will be charged in the event you defer. Deferrals expire after 12 months. Athlete may request a deferral by submitting an email request prior to October 25, 2018. NO EXCEPTION.

Purchase Event Protection: Booking Protect is offered through the ACTIVE Network, and provides insurance to runners so that they can get their entry fees back if they can’t participate in running events for covered reasons. The product, called Booking Protect is located in the registration path on Active. All refunds and claims will go through Booking Protect.

Transfers: You may not give or sell your number to anyone else. Bib transfers are allowed for an administration charge of $25 and must be processed through the ACTIVE Network registration portal no later than 10/25/18.

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