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San Francisco Marathon: Frequently Asked Questions

The San Francisco Marathon is on July 31! Read our frequently asked questions about running with Team Nature Conservancy.

2011 San Francisco Marathon - Team Nature Conservancy Frequently Asked Questions

The Nature Conservancy is an official charity of the San Francisco Marathon taking place July 31, 2011. The San Francisco Marathon offers a 5K, half marathon, a progressive marathon and the full marathon.

What does running on Team Nature Conservancy include?

The funds you raise on Team Nature Conservancy will support the Conservancy's vision to leave a sustainable world for future generations. Your support enables us to continue our work protecting nature. As for the fun part, we’ll be mailing running t-shirts prior to the race to the address you used when registering for the marathon. We’ll also be hosting a get together reception on July 21. Stay tuned for details which we’ll email you. Thank you for becoming part of the team!

How do I sign up for the first half-marathon?

(it’s officially sold out, but the Marathon has opened spaces for the charities). Go to and use password Tsfm2011EVT1H. You'll then be directed to a page where you can purchase the first half (it's the only option). You should click on the first half option and then click next. You'll then be taken to a page with additional items you can purchase (shuttle, pasta party, etc). As with regular registration, you are not required purchases HOWEVER at the bottom of this page is a box for a code. Our runners will need to enter the code SOPHIABUSHTNCSF to move to the next page. You will then be able to checkout as usual. You can use your comp code (SOPHIANATURE2011) in the checkout section.

How do I sign up for the 5k, progressive or full marathon?

Sign up for the race of your choice here. From there, you’ll be prompted to join a charity. Scroll down the page and click on the Nature Conservancy. From there, you’ll be prompted to sign up for Crowdrise and start your Crowdrise page to fundraise for the Conservancy.

What is Crowdrise?

Crowdrise is a fundraising website we’ve partnered with for the Marathon. Roughly, it’s a Facebook for fundraising and volunteering. Check out the team page!

Are donations to my project tax-deductible?

Donations to a US-Based 501(c)3 charitable organization through Crowdrise is 100% tax deductible to the extent allowed by law. Network for Good provides an electronic receipt at the time of the donation. The receipt you get via e-mail shortly after you complete your donations meets all IRS requirements as a record of donation. If you are asked to provide a paper receipt for IRS purposes, please print out a copy of your email receipt or send a request for a duplicate receipt to Be sure to include your first and last name and the email address you used to make the donation and you’ll get a gorgeous copy of your donation receipt..

How much do I need to raise to have my registration reimbursed?

We’re asking runners to reach a goal of $800 to have their registration reimbursed..

Who is Sophia Bush and why is she running for the Conservancy?

Sophia Bush is an environmental activist and star of the TV show “One Tree Hill.” She’ll be running the 5K in the San Francisco Marathon for the Conservancy. Bush has set a personal fundraising goal of $50,000. She has an active social media following and has successfully raised money for other environmental non-profits..

Where do I get more information?

For more info email:

About The San Francisco Marathon:

  • The San Francisco Marathon® was deemed “The Race even Marathoners Fear” by the Wall Street Journal in 2010.
  • With over 24,000 athletes last year, it is the largest Marathon in Northern California.
  • It is one of America’s most challenging races, is USATF certified and is the premiere summertime marathon.
  • San Francisco’s natural beauty and charm serves as the perfect backdrop and its summertime temperatures make for ideal running conditions.
  • The San Francisco Marathon® is a Boston Marathon Qualifier with a course that makes you earn your qualifying time.
  • The event starts at the Embarcadero and is a tour of the City by the Bay. Runners of the first Half Marathon and the Full Marathon get to run across the famed Golden Gate Bridge.
  • The race events include a Full marathon (26.2 miles), two Half marathons (13.1 miles), a progressive marathon, 5K and the second annual Munchkin Fun Run (one mile, half mile and 100 meter dash for children aged 2-11).
  • For more information, please visit

The San Francisco Marathon runs to the scenic Marin Headlands, which the Conservancy helped to protect in 1972.

In the mid-’60s, plans had been approved to develop a massive 2,000-acre development with 50 apartment towers, single-family houses, a "landmark hotel" and a mile-long shopping center along these spectacular hills. The Nature Conservancy and its partners took their fight to the streets, generating a huge outpouring of community support for the cause. They were able to raise the funds to purchase the land. This effort provided a huge boost for the creation of the Golden Gate National Recreation Area (GGNRA), which today includes the headlands.

Thank you so your interest in being part of Team Nature Conservancy! Together, we can protect the places you care for most and create a healthier world that sustains us all. Thank you for your support of The Nature Conservancy!

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Online contributions of $52.50 or more are 100% tax-deductible. Online contributions under $52.50 are tax-deductible, less the fair market value of any thank you gifts you may receive. The fair market value of the Nature Conservancy magazine is $4.