Jody’s trail run of the month – The Rapmund Loop

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A few weeks ago we did a long run affectionately know as the Rapmund Loop. This run starts around Pier One in San Francisco and ends in Tiburon. The course follows along the waterfront over the Golden Gate Bridge and through the town of Sausalito where it intersects with the Bay Trail. You follow this until you reach Strawberry Village in Mill Valley. Here you cross 101 on the pedestrian overpass then turn right at 7-11, which will lead you to the bike path to Tiburon. The run is about 22.5 miles.

Here are some of the highlights

You’ll start at Pier One, run along the Embarcadero through Fishermans Wharf, Aquatic Park, Chrissy Field, Fort Mason and across the Golden Gate Bridge. Water fountains and restrooms are located here. Follow the road down to Sausalito where you can run on the sidewalk along the bay. Follow the bay around to Mill Valley, and finally Tiburon! The bike path is supposed to be shared with walkers, runners, and cyclists though it is mostly for cyclists and the walkers and runners use the dirt path, but be careful and watch out for unevenness and cracks in some sections. This is because part of the path used to be the old railroad bed and it frequently floods during King Tides.

Don’t know about King Tides? Perhaps a quick visit to the Bay Model exhibit in Sausalito is in order. The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers Bay Model is a working hydraulic scale model of the San Francisco Bay and Sacramento-San Joaquin River Delta System. While the Bay Model is still operational, it is no longer used for scientific research but is instead open to the public alongside educational exhibits about Bay hydrology.

Fort Mason, once known as San Francisco Port of Embarkation, US Army, in San Francisco, California, is a former United States Army post located in the Northern Marina District, alongside San Francisco Bay. Fort Mason served as an Army post for more than 100 years, initially as a coastal defense site and subsequently as a military port facility. During World War II, it was the principal port for the Pacific campaign. Now Fort Mason is part of the Golden Gate National Recreation Area and the site of several cultural facilities. The entire fort area is listed as a historic district on the National Register of Historic Places, with over 49 buildings of historic significance, spread over 1,200 acres; while the lower port area is a National Historic Landmark District, designated for its role in World War II.

To get to the city you can take BART to the Embarcadero station and start the run from there. You can also drive to the city and on the weekend there is a cheap parking garage on Clay St. For the return trip from Tiburon back to the city there is a $12.50 ferry ride.  Food and refreshments are served on the boat! We also enjoyed a fine lunch at Sams.

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