Happy Memorial Day!

Memorial Day kicks off the summer, and the fantastic weather this past weekend certainly complied. It was even hot in San Francisco!

The current shelter-in-place rules were extended May 22, this time without an end date. Both the state and the Bay Area are moving toward opening with Phase 2 and Phase 3 guidelines forming. Thus far, lots of talk about hair salons and car washes, but nothing about running clubs! We will continue to honor the guidelines for outdoor activities, and will not hold official club runs until permitted.

In the meantime, keep running and stay in touch! I’ve been using this opportunity to explore the City. I’ve found all kinds of new terrain and routes to show the Club. SF still has plenty of cool places to experience.

Keep sending your photos of your runs, which I’ll post with your permission. We’ll schedule another group Zoom before long, although I’m certain many of you get enough of that already 😉. But we’re neither work nor family, we’re your running buddies!

Hope you all are well. I could use a haircut…

On this date, three years ago!

Greetings fellow runners! Hope you are all doing well. Hard to believe we are 10 weeks into the quarantine. I miss seeing and running with you all, and look forward to when we can run together as a club once again.

I am following the evolution of the shelter in place orders for SF and will let everyone know when we can plan to meet again.

In the meantime, I will share photos from past gatherings, hoping to inspire you to keep in touch, keep running and remember the wonderful community we have built. Please send along photos of your recent runs and I will post those, too.

Three years ago we held one of our signature scavenger hunt runs in Golden Gate Park. So much fun! We are so grateful to Patrick for organizing the event, setting the course and providing prizes and refreshments.

Collage of photos attached! I’ll also see if I can send along the animation of the group photo at the end of the race, very cool.

Happy Mother’s Day from HFRC!

Happy Mother’s Day to all the mothers in the club, and Happy Mother’s Day to all of your mothers! With them, there would be no "us"!

I hope you are all well, healthy, and keeping as sane as possible. 8 weeks in, I know it has been very stressful for many, and the small solace I can offer is that some kind of fresh air and exercise can really help.

As many of you know, while California is speaking of phase 2 opening up, the six-county Bay Area, including SF, has affirmed modified shelter-in-place orders through May 31, which precludes meetings of clubs like ours. Running and exercise are in fact encouraged, and we urge everyone to keep following protocols for safe running in public, observing social distancing.

I have been using this opportunity to explore new paths through SF, and have found some astoundingly beautiful ones. The Presidio in particular has become my new favorite place. For a brief period, pedestrians were allowed to run on the Presidio Golf Course, which is utterly breathtaking. I also found a trail from Baker Beach to Marshall Beach that lies right underneath the Golden Gate Bridge, and features hundreds of fairly new steps built by volunteers. More hills!

Last week, after running up 7th/Laguna Honda to the top of Market Street, I went on a hunt for the base of the cross on Mount Davidson, finally visiting it for only the second time since I moved up to SF from Palo Alto in 1985. With the fog, it was ethereal. There is a rain forest on the west side of the hill that has to be experienced, alive with birds and dense foliage. The second half of my run included a path through Stern Grove and Pine Lake Park, another fabulous oasis in our city that offers a sudden immersion into another world. When one emerges from the west end of Pine Lake Park, I swear it rearranges your bearings, up is down, east is west, and north is south! Bizarre.

As we plan to return to meeting again as a group sometime in the future, be prepared to see some new sights on our runs! Next up for my exploration: the San Bruno mountains, and perhaps the Sweeney Ridge Trail out of Pacifica.

Photos to follow in a second post. Please send me yours so we can share and remain in contact.

Hope to see you all sometime in the not-too-distant future. I miss you all.

Jay Kloepfer
Half Full Running Club

Saturday runs in the city on May 1, 2020

Hope all is well with HFRC members, friends and family. Shelter in place extended to May 31 in the Bay Area. Can you believe it’s been 7 weeks?

Hope you’re able to get out and run. Two pics from club members out for a run today, May 1. David in the Presidio, Brant in Glen Canyon.

We’ll let you know when we can resume club runs. In the meantime, stay healthy and stay connected with us. We’ll be here!