San Francisco running guide by Bob Cooper

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But hey, if you want flat­and­fast courses, move to Kansas! 1 miles and park near the intersection of Blithedale and Throckmorton.  Tam and the ocean; return.  Don't be surprised to cross paths with runners training for the Dipsea Race, which isn't much tougher than this course.  Tamalpais State Park at 415­388­2070.  They burn up the hills on runs of 12 to 22 miles, zipping past runners, hikers, and mountain bikers with less talent or motivation.  Proceed one block and turn (L) at Ross Common; park on the right.

Turn (R) and head all the way back to the start on any combination of beach, bike path, or promenade, all of which parallel the shore.  The Fort Funston dunes are a preserved reminder of the dunes that once covered the western third of the city.  For info, call 415­556­0560 or 415­239­2366.  Another option is to run repetitions up any of the sand trails in Fort Funston at the route turnaround.  Otherwise, your over­extended Achilles tendons will ache for days.  Call 415­589­7417.  Your pooch will love the beach, but must be on a leash.

It can be foggy at the beach and hot on the ridge, or vice versa, so carry water and tie a windbreaker around your waist.  Seeming to float on the fog bank that clings to the bay are the city's skyscrapers and the Golden Gate Bridge.  Conclude the trip with brunch on the bay.  Head back to the start.  Turn (R) to return to your car.  The long route is rolling, curving and narrow, but shady and gorgeous. , 415­388­ 2524), a few blocks west of Blackie's Pasture.  Eucalyptus and wildflowers line the trail.

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