Berkeley and San Francisco – The Challenge Awaits!
Written By Meg Gudgeirsson, TSFM Ambassador
As a runner, I’m always looking for new challenges. Can I run a distance faster? Can I run a longer distance? Can I tie two of my favorite cities and running events together? The SF/Berkeley Challenge let’s me accomplish that last one! When you run one of the events at The Biofreeze San Francisco Marathon and one of the events at the Biofreeze Berkeley Half Marathon, you have completed the challenge! Your reward? A sweet medal, in addition to your finishing medal, that only challengers are eligible to receive.
Many of us have taken a trip up to SF but fewer have stayed across the Bay. If you haven’t spent time in Berkeley, you are missing out! The Berkeley Half is the perfect excuse for a weekend in this part of the area. Berkeley offers such as many unique sights as SF, including a stunning waterfront with the incredibly long Berkeley Pier (make this a must stop while in town for the race). And there is so much good food to choose from when carb loading.
The Biofreeze Berkeley Half Marathon is one of my favorite ways to hang in one of my favorite East Bay towns: running! I ran the Berkeley Half (and completed the SF/Berkeley Challenge) in its inaugural year and stayed in Berkeley for the weekend. Everything was very close and made racing super easy. That year, I had the opportunity to help a friend race a sub-2:00 half, so my focus was all about supporting her and having fun! (Read more about that weekend at: https://laughresearchwriterun.wordpress.com/2013/11/26/pacing-a-friend-to-a-pr/)
That allowed me to take advantage of another perk of racing – seeing the town. In its inaugural year, the first 3-4 miles wind through the city portion of Berkeley – I love running the streets much more than driving them! There is a great view of the bay and SF. Thankfully the fog was clearing and we could even see the Golden Gate Bridge. Around this time I also saw some of my favorite running friends/fellow SFM ambassadors! I even helped bring my friend Ashley a new PR! We celebrated with brunch and mimosas. The Berkeley Half was a great race.
I’ve spent time in both SF and Berkeley and I truly believe the best way to see each place is by racing. You have the road to yourself and have the chance to see all the best spots. The Berkeley Half allows you to basically visit all of the best parts of the East Bay: downtown Berkeley, through the UC campus, the funky neighborhoods, and along the waterfront, with one of the best views of SF’s skyline.
I’m super excited for the Biofreeze Berkeley Half Marathon this year too because it has some new events – a 10k and a relay! I’m a huge fan of relays because it makes what can sometimes feel like a solo sport really have a team atmosphere. And with Berkeley just a few days before Thanksgiving this year, it gives me several options to run some calories before the feast. All that while bringing home some extra bling with the SF/Berkeley Challenge!
July 29, 2015 (8:24 pm)
I just did the SF Marathon on Sunday July 26th. Can i still qualify for the SF/Berkley challenge if i run the Berkley half marathon on November 22nd? Kindly let me know. Thanks
August 4, 2015 (6:27 pm)
Hi Judith, Yes you qualify for the SF/Berkeley Challenge!
August 8, 2015 (3:28 am)
I finished SF half marathon july 26 2015. And I join Berkeley half marathon November 22 2015 also. Is it the same metal as 2015 SF marathon challenge?? The center of the metal is Golden gate bridge and it can flip to the other side. Please! Tell me more details. Thanks!!!!
August 10, 2015 (12:20 am)
Berkeley Challenge Tents at both the 1st Half Marathon and 2nd Half Marathon Finish Lines.
August 14, 2015 (10:12 pm)
Hello, if the Berkeley Half Relay is our first race, can we run an SF Marathon race in 2016 to complete this challenge?
August 14, 2015 (11:00 pm)
Yes! You would earn your Challenge Medal at the finish line of the 2016 Biofreeze San Francisco Marathon.
October 5, 2015 (4:12 am)
I runn the San Francisco marathon 2015 and am Goin to get two medals at the finish line of the Berkeley race Nov 22 2015?
October 5, 2015 (5:02 pm)
Yes! If you ran the Biofreeze San Francisco Marathon in July of 2015 you’ll receive TWO Medals ar the Biofreeze Berkeley Half Marathon finish line, your Berkeley finisher medal and your SF/Berkeley Challenge Medal!
October 5, 2015 (4:13 am)
The way I’ll go sign up at these Berkeley half marathon! !
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October 7, 2015 (1:16 am)
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October 8, 2015 (5:03 pm)
I read that if one takes more than the 4 hours to finish the Biofreeze Berkeley Half Marathon or isn’t in by closing time, then the person is not considered a finisher. What does that mean? The slow person’s time isn’t counted? The slow person won’t receive a medal?
Exactly what are the consequences for taking too long to complete the Biofreeze Berkeley Half Marathon?
I was wondering if walkers, the elderly, and handicapped people are welcome to participate, and many of them are a bit slower.
October 8, 2015 (5:10 pm)
If one of our runners falls behind the 4 hour course limit the person may not receive an official finish time. Additionally the course will begin shutting down and the runner may need to move on to the sidewalk as we have to reopen the roads. We encourage everyone who is able to race to participate as we have had a number of walkers and other race participants finish the course in that time limit in the past.
March 15, 2016 (4:47 pm)
Hi , so I did the Berkeley half 2014, and I’m planning to do the SF half this year , can I still get the challenge medal?
March 15, 2016 (4:59 pm)
To earn your challenge medal you’ll need to run both The SF Marathon and the Berkeley Half consecutively. While you can begin with either event they do need to be back to back. Please let us know if you have any other questions!