SF/Berkeley Challenge

Race the Bay and earn more bling by participating in the San Francisco Marathon/Berkeley Half Marathon Challenge. Earn an additional commemorative medal after crossing the Finish Line at your second race. Run any distance (excluding Family 1K) at each race, consecutively. See below for rules and details of this fun challenge.

Challenge Rules

  • To qualify for the SF/Berkeley Challenge Medal, run and complete any distance race (excluding Lollipop) of The San Francisco Marathon and any distance race of the Berkeley Half Marathon (excluding the Saturday Family 1K) consecutively with official finish times for both events.
  • To be automatically eligible, runners must register for both events with the same first and last name and date of birth.
  • Runners are eligible to receive the challenge medal at their second qualifying event in the series depending on where they started. The events do not have to be in the same year but they do need to be consecutive. If you skip an event, the challenge starts over.
  • Upon completing their second qualifying event, runners must pick up their commemorative medal at the Finish Line on Race Day.
  • Once a runner completes the challenge, the challenge starts again.
  • SF/Berk Challenge- any distance in person at the 2023 San Francisco Marathon and are running any distance (excluding Family 1K) in person at the 2023 Berkeley Half Marathon (if you were not already a qualifier at the San Francisco 2023 Marathon).

Race Instructions

  • Remember to pick up your bib at our Race Weekend Bib Pick-up and check for the SF/Berkeley Challenge stamp/print on the corner of your bib. You’ll need this stamp to redeem your medal at the Finish Line. If your bib is not marked and you believe you are eligible, please visit the Challenge Table during Packet Pickup to confirm eligibility and get your bib stamped.
  • Medals will be available for pick-up at the Challenges booth at the Finish Line at the Berkeley Half Marathon.
  • Medals must be picked up at the Finish Line and will not be mailed for any reason.
  • Only in-person races qualify

The San Francisco Marathon Course


The Berkeley Half Marathon Course


Accept the Challenge and Choose your Distance

The San Francisco Marathon • July 23rd, 2023

The Berkeley Half Marathon • November 19th, 2023

For additional challenge support or to check your eligibility, please click here.