Golden Gate Park provides the perfect outlet for walkers, joggers and runners, so it’s only natural that many events centered on the activity take place throughout the year. A wide range of opportunities to participate in an organized event in the park usually centers on helping out a cause. Thousands of people gather to spread awareness and raise money to fight conditions, such as cancer, leukemia, and AIDS.
Beat Sarcoma Fun Run/Walk
Starts at Conservancy of Flowers (8am)
This event is committed to raising awareness and promoting ongoing research for a form of cancer that primarily affects children. Fees: $20 to $25
Brain Tumor Walk
Starts at Speedway Meadow
This event aims to raise awareness and much-needed funds alongside the National Brain Tumor Society. Registration is between 9am and 10am. Fees: $50 for adults; $25 for ages 6-17; free for ages 5 and under.
If you’d like to get involved in running on a more regular basis, you can always join the San Francisco Dolphin South End Runners (also known as DSE), which “encourages runners and walkers of all levels to compete, socialize, have fun, and improve.” As the oldest and largest running club in San Francisco, the club has been a fixture at Golden Gate Park for years.
For instance, DSE meets at Kennedy Drive and Transverse in Golden Gate Park to participate in the Strawberry Hill 5K with a course that includes a loop around the Stow Lake.